marriage is pollution




In support of Pussy Riot, riot grrrls everywhere, and same sex marriage equality, I have written a punk song (my first):


Marriage is Pollution

marriage is pollution
marriage is a product
marriage causes shopping
just say no

marriage causes shoppers
just say no

marriage causes more products
just say no

marriage causes more packages
just say no

marriage is mental pollution
hetero patriarchal protection
fuck that shit
just say no

gay youth suicide
just say no

one man one woman
just say no

he buys you with that ring
fuck that shit
just say no

tax benefits
social acceptance
just say no

once you were innocent
now is the time
throw off that diaper
fuck that shit
just say no

recycle that marriage certificate
recycle it now
put it in the blue bin
just do it
do it now





When people say their vows, what do they mean? That only the ones they say to their spouse count, and all the pesky legal stuff at the beginning is just a formality? If the legal parts don't matter, then why marry at all, or why not devise your own celebration of commitment, without involving the law?

The process of legal marriage in Australia includes making sure the participants understand the law. Prospective married couples in Australia all come into contact with the following information.

From the Marriage Act of 1961:

The Family Court is there to preserve and protect the institution of marriage, to give the family the widest possible protection and assistance and to protect the rights of children and promote their welfare. The Family Law Act says:

· Marriage is ‘the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others voluntarily entered into for life’.

· The family is ‘the natural and fundamental group unit of society’.


What this imparts is that same sex unions are not 'natural', and are not recognized as authentic families. The widest possible protections, including tax benefits, legal and financial benefits, medical rights, and social acceptance, are provided to legal, 'natural' families, not same sex unions. Without legal sanction, there is no social equality. Is this really a 'fair go'? Anyone who married in Australia, married after agreeing they understood these terms (whether they actually understood them at the time, or not, whether they thought it was important to speak up, or not.) Anyone planning to marry will have to agree to these terms before they get their certificate. Celebrants/marriage officials are required to sign something saying they made sure the parties were aware of everything they needed to be aware of.

Apparently a majority of Australians support same sex marriage equality. Many of these supporters are undoubtedly married. Is it hypocritical to value a marriage that is at the foundation an investment in a system that only supports heterosexual unions and discriminates against homosexuals? Are such married persons in a sense criminals, perjuring themselves in order to attain benefits? Is it possible to put things right, to rethink and redefine what marriage is?

How would it feel to have a marriage declared Null and Void according to The Law?

What does marriage mean?

Seriously, do we really have to wait until Abbott's term is over before we can even think about addressing this issue again?

I don't want to get married, but I think every person should have the right to decide for themselves if they want to get married or not.

My usual approach is to try to discuss things in a reasonable way. I wrote the song in about 20 minutes, and today I cut holes in a hat to make a balaclava. I had been working on 4 other entries that were taking forever to write, and I thought it might be significant that this was one was so easy in comparison.. Anyway, it's something new, something I hadn't tried before, and I think it is in the spirit of punk.

If I can manage to get a recording/video together, I'll post it. If I had a band, I'd probably call it Deranged Vaginas, but I am guessing it already might be taken by now. In the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, that term was used, and as well, the women were called demons and witches.. for having the nerve to stand up for what they believe in.




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