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E.J. Graff

E.J. Graff, a resident scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, is a journalist and the author of What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution (Beacon Press).

  • Gender and Sexuality February 3, 2014

    What’s Wrong With Choosing to Be Gay?

    Many gay activists insist that they were born this way, hey. But what about those who choose otherwise?

    E.J. Graff

  • Election 2012 November 7, 2012

    Elizabeth Warren Heads to Washington, an Uncompromising Senator for the Left

    Her clear-as-a-bell progressive convictions mobilized a massive grassroots base.

    E.J. Graff

  • Election 2012 October 26, 2012

    Advantage Elizabeth Warren

    The campaign”s final stretch finds Warren with a small lead and a revved-up volunteer base.

    E.J. Graff

  • Politics April 4, 2012

    Elizabeth Warren: Yes She Can?

    Progressives adore her. Conservatives despise her. But it's Massachusetts' fickle independents who'll decide her high-stakes showdown with Scott Brown.

    E.J. Graff

  • Gender and Sexuality February 25, 2011

    Is DOMA Dead?

    Earlier this week, Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration will no longer defend DOMA. But the bigger news is that the Justice Department says that gays and lesbians deserve stronger constitutional protections.

    E.J. Graff


  • Gender and Sexuality August 17, 2010

    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Proposition 8 Lawsuit

    The decision overturning Proposition 8 is full of careful reasoning in support of same-sex marriage. But is it written so broadly that it invites the Supreme Court to weigh in—and what will happen if it does?

    E.J. Graff

  • September 9, 2007

    End of the World As We Know It?

    I'm not a climate scientist or geologist, and no, I don't play one on TV. So I can't assess the accuracy of the report below from yesterday's Guardian. But it sure did catch my attention:

    "The Greenland ice cap is melting so quickly that it is triggering earthquakes as pieces of ice several cubic kilometres in size break off.

    "Scientists monitoring events this summer say the acceleration could be catastrophic in terms of sea-level rise and make predictions this February by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change far too low.

    E.J. Graff

  • August 13, 2007

    Follow-Up Thoughts on the LGBT Debate

    Just a short blog entry to follow up on what I wrote on Friday about the LOGO presidential debate.

    I've heard from a few people that Barack Obama was asking smart insider questions about whether marriage is the right focus now for the LGBT movement, or whether it shouldn't be left for later--the way interracial marriage wasn't first on the black civil rights movement's agenda.

    No. Obama was missing two things: the different significance of marriage to those two very different movements, and the community history on this issue.

    E.J. Graff

  • Campaigns and Elections August 10, 2007

    The Gay Presidential Debate

    What do the Democratic presidential candidates talk about when they talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues?

    E.J. Graff

  • July 18, 2007

    Should Mothers Work Fulltime?

    Oh dear, the bell's been rung on another round of the Mommy Wars. According to a new Pew survey, more Americans think mothers shouldn't work full time, and more mothers think that working part-time would be ideal. And without noticing that this "increase" falls within the statistical margin of error and might not exist at all, the news media have raced in bravely to explain that this means something about the future of a) children, b) feminism, c) America, d), the workplace, or e) all of the above.

    I've written about the Mommy Wars and the opt-out myth elsewhere. (Feel free to click over there for some serious media critique.) Meanwhile, here are a few things to think about that I haven't seen written about.

    --What do the kids think? This survey was all about adults' beliefs, guilts, and cultural attitudes, not about what the kids want from their parents. The social scientists who do ask the kids find that young adults who grew up in dual-earner households also want their own children to grow up with two working parents. However, those who grew up with full-time, stay-at-home mothers are evenly divided. Could it be that having nothing to do but hover over your kids isn't necessarily good for you or for them? (Check out NYU Professor Kathleen Gerson's research here.)

    E.J. Graff