Vol 35, No 2 (2012)

"Disorderly Conduct" / Women's Studies and Pedagogy

Cover Page

Cover Image: “Love Locks in Paris”

by Dr. Áine M. Humble

“While vacationing in Paris in June 2011, I was intrigued by a custom called ‘Love Locks,’ in which sweethearts affix a lock to a bridge as a sign of their everlasting love for their partner. Many of them write their names on the lock, and the key is either taken with them or thrown into the river, never to be retrieved again. As a feminist family studies scholar researching and teaching about relationship and family diversity, I searched the locks to find evidence of same-sex couples and easily found this lock celebrating Christine's love for her partner.”