Masculinity/Femininity in Film Quarterly

Masculinity/Femininity got a shout out in the March 2016 edition of Film Quarterly in Randy Malamud’s article about MIX Copenhagen | LesbianGayBiTrans Film Festival.

“Queer scholar Jack Halberstam, one of the most outspoken critics of traditional family structures, suggests in Russell Sheaffer’s 2014 Masculinity/Femininity that since marriage is clearly pretty dysfunctional, the last thing anyone should do is invite more people to partake of it; instead, the queer revolution should spur everyone, queer or not, to conceptualize more equitable and innovative social and legal models for relationships of intimacy. Halberstam’s wisdom is persuasive, and yet so is the life story of Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan in Thomas Miller’s 2014 Limited Partnership (which won the festival’s documentary award). Richard and Tony were married when a courageous rogue county clerk signed off on their ceremony in 1975. The US federal government spent the next four decades obstructing the legality of their relationship, which was especially unsettling because Tony was Australian and constantly risked deportation with an unrecognized marriage. As an INS letter explained: “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.” Even after Richard’s death in 2012, Tony continues trying to legitimize their marriage.”