there's something intellectually disturbing about this viral logo : facebook parody, marriage equality, san francisco (2013)
this facebook parody is meant in no way to detract from the support that anyone using this symbol is/was demonstrating. its about media.
one of the problems in a society of instant internet power is that speed has a much more tremendous impact than wisdom or knowledge or foresight.
in the war of the intelligence, it's best to imagine what far reaching places and hearts certain ideas and philosophies are capable of going.
the symbols we choose should be relevant. and accurate.
marriage is not about two objects. it has never been about two objects.
this symbol is sterile and boring and separatist.
it is corporatized.
so why does this symbology (two rings, a crossed ribbon, equals sign) keep being paired up with marriage equality? marriage draws people together who then, generally speaking, raise children.
marriage equality is about the right to manage a family and to procreate or raise humans.
so we need to be more inclusive than what we find with two parallel lines as the outcome of separatist ideologies.
we need to demonstrate that marriage equality is about brothers and sisters, cousins and relatives. marriage equality is about the extension of the human family and who is allowed to participate in that process.
it is many hearts conjoined.
marriage equality is about continuing the tradition of these bonded hearts -- my right to have a partner and children.
it's never been about the love of two people.
people can happily love one another without getting married.
so really, marriage equality is about the right to manage families.
and this symbol says nothing about that.
and don't forget, corporations are desperate to have these same rights.