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As Normal as PossibleNegotiating Sexuality and Gender in Mainland China and Hong Kong$
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Ching Yau

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099876

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099876.001.0001

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My Unconventional Marriage or ménage à trois in Beijing

My Unconventional Marriage or ménage à trois in Beijing

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(p.103) 6 My Unconventional Marriage or ménage à trois in Beijing
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As Normal as Possible
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Xiaopei He

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099876.003.0007

This chapter provides a narrative of the author's performance and retraces her unique tactics of setting an admirable example in turning the institution of heterosexual, monogamous, and monosexual marriage inside out. It also shows the vitality and pleasure of a possible queer politics and counter-public which prioritizes non-normative intimacies, coalition building, sex education, and advocacy over love, privacy, and the life-long couple form of marriage. Together with some other gay activists, she decided to organize a fake wedding to encourage further thinking about and discussion of the issues of marriage. She proposed to a gay activist who was a long-time friend, and a lesbian woman whom she had just met. There would be three of them in a marriage: one gay man and two lesbian women. The wedding ceremony was to claim that bisexuality is not a crime.

Keywords:   heterosexual marriage, monogamous marriage, monosexual marriage, Beijing, queer politics, fake wedding, bisexuality

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