The End(s) of marriage: Feminists, antifeminists, and Indian law

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Feminist anthropology sought to transform the sex-gender systems that enabled marriage. This essay considers the complications of that promise in the context of my recent research with antifeminist marriage resisters called Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOWs). Despite a history of marriage resistance in the Indian women's movement, contemporary women's organizations rely on civil and criminal law relating to marriage to secure resources for their clients and thus cannot afford to transform its heteronormative patriarchal logic. MGTOWs challenge gender roles and paid labor within marriage and seek alternatives to conjugality, but do so on terms that highlight their pain and disavow their privileges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-191
Number of pages8
JournalFeminist Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2020

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  • antifeminism
  • Indian feminism
  • law
  • marriage
  • men's rights movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Gender Studies


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