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LOVE is LOVE regardless of who shares it. So why do we treat love differently when it is shared by two men or two women? People don’t change the intrinsic nature or value of the love. Love simply is. Fathers love their sons, sons love their brothers, brothers love their boyfriends. Mothers love their daughters, their daughters love their aunties and their aunties love their female life partners. Not their wives - no, in most places that’s illegal because politicians have the crazy idea that heterosexual love is more valid than love between those of the same sex.

THAT IS RIDICULOUS. I may be going out on a limb here - but isn’t Australia better than this? We’ve come so far in adapting old traditions to modern society so how has marriage continued to exclude same-sex couples? The number one reason for opposing it is that in rerouting from the traditional male and female partnership, the sanctity of marriage will be destroyed. Doesn’t divorce do that too? Quick, we better ban that as well. A 2010 Neilson poll published by Fairfax showed that 60% of Australians support same-sex marriage. This year President Obama announced his support of same sex marriage in a move that has never been made by an American president. It was an incredible victory for those of us who celebrate common sense.

The Chinese Ministry of Health officially removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 2001. The attitude of the Chinese government towards homosexuality is believed to be “three nos”: “No approval; no disapproval; no promotion.” In 2006, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo introduced legislation that prohibits same-sex marriages and criminalizes anyone who “performs, aids or abets,witnesses” such ceremonies.[130] Among the Igbo people of Nigeria, there are circumstances where a marriage between two women is allowed, such as when a woman has no child and the husband dies. In the United Kingdom same-sex marriage is currently prohibited although since 2005, same-sex couples are allowed to enter into civil partnerships; a separate union which provides the same legal consequences of marriage. This is similar to the current circumstances in Australia.

Where is same-sex marriage Iceland (2010)

Canada (2005) The U.S

Sweden (2009)

Norway (2009)

Denmark (2012) Belgium (2003)

Portugal (2010)

Mexico (2010)

Spain (2005)

Same-sex marriage is recognised in every state, but Quintana Roo and Mexico City are the only places where the ceremony can be performed.

Argentina (2010) Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont) and the District of Columbia are the only places where it’s legal in the US.

South Africa (2006)

LEGAL around the world?

not in

Civil union, civil partnership, domestic partnership, registered partnership, unregistered partnership, and unregistered cohabitation statuses offer varying legal benefits of marriage and are available to same-sex couples in: Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Uruguay. They are also available in parts of Mexico (Coahuila and Mexico City) and the United States (California, Delaware, Hawaii,Maine, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Washington and the federal District of Columbia). In some countries with these legal recognitions, the actual benefits are minimal. Many people consider civil unions, even those that grant equal rights, inadequate because they create a separate status, and believe they should be replaced by gender-neutral marriage. - Wikipedia.

I see no problem allowing same-sex couples to get married. They deserve the same rights to have the ceremony and legal recognition as heterosexual couples do. The current situation is so unfair. In Australia they are recognised as civil unions or domestic partnerships but they are not treated as if they are legally married. They are not recognised by society.

Magazines also contribute to this trend. Think about the last time you saw a gay or lesbian couple in a magazine? (Think mainstream magazines sold at newsagents...) I doubt you ever have.

This is kind of couple we always see in magazines - the heterosexuals. Girl with boy or guy with woman. There’s nothing wrong with this, but there is something wrong with repeatedly excluding the other kinds of love out there. It’s not like lesbians don’t read women’s magazines - why shouldn’t their relationships be represented in the mags? Personally, I think it’s bullshit. If you don’t conform to the norms, then the magazines just pretend you don’t exist. Apparently representing reality is simply too hard...

Gay and lesbian people deserve the right to flip through a magazine and see pictures of couples like them and articles directed their way. It doesn’t exclude straight people but increases awareness and is an acknowledgement that liking someone of your own gender is a-ok.

Think about this... Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Homophobia doesn’t only turn straight people against gay people, it also turns gay people against themselves. Think about something you hate and imagine yourself turning into that - the world wouldn’t be a very nice place to be - would it? Would the marriage of same-sex couples actually affect you? ... No, I didn’t think so.

Inter-racial marriages used to be illegal. I think that one day society will look back at our time and shake their heads at the stupidity that same-sex marriages were denied.

Below is a picture of two iranian teenagers getting hung because they are gay. Having the courage to be yourself in a world that says you are wrong is deserving of a medal - not a death sentence.

I’m sorry there were so few images of same-sex couples. I got all I could from Google creative commons images and made what I could from old magazines. I didn’t find any images of same sex couples in the mags I looked at.


This zine has been produced as part of The Brainwash Project by Jessica Barlow. It aims to encourage the major players in women’s magazines to take more responsibility for the consequences of the content they present to readers. It involves creating a prototype magazine to show what women’s magazines could be like if the focus was taken away from sex, boys, appearance and shopping.If you are interested and want to take part or learn more- please visit the websites listed over the page.

Do women’s magazines make you want to vomit? Do you want to read about something other than sex, makeup and boys? Do you believe that young girls should have the option of a magazine that is thought provoking, body positive and realistic? Do you want to help shape a new magazine that answers all of these questions with a resounding YES? Brainwash Magazine is officially in the making but to get it printed I need your help...!/BrainwashMag

Brainwash project zine three  
Brainwash project zine three  

This is the third zine created as part of the Brainwash Project. It focuses on love.