Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some people decided marriage equality deserved it's own symbol, thus:

Much like awareness ribbons, the White Knot symbolizes the ability for everyone to get married, regardless of gender of partner. They've mixed two traditionally American symbols of marriage - tying the knot and the color white - to visually support marriage equality.

Erica of swirlspice and says,

That’s cool and all. I get where they’re coming from. But who decided this? A bunch of white guys in West Hollywood? Because there are lots of marriage traditions out there and this seems like an awfully white-culture-centric choice of symbol.

I’d still wear one, though.

She's got a good point - it's representative of White American marriage culture, which is reflected in the very symbol they chose. But like colored ribbons or those plastic blank-strong bracelets, they're a very visible sign of support for marriage equality.

I'd wear one too.


Renee said...

I wouldn't wear one and because I don't support the issue, but because I am against the commercialization of it. There are ribbons and bracelets for everything these days. It is so bad that you're not "cool" if you're not wearing some sort of signification of supporting a cause. No one even knows what the hell these things mean by color anymore. It has reached the point of ridiculousness. It takes more than a ribbon to fight for a cause and for some wearing some symbol is enough for them to pat themselves on the back and think that they have done something substantive.

Erica M said...

I suppose the idea behind it is that someone will ask you about it, and then you get to explain your cause. Except that, as you said, ribbons and bracelets and ribbon magnets (ugh) are so commonplace none of them really stand out anymore.