Seeing as existence is futile and we must suffer through every breath of rancid air on this dying planet, Mamamia founder Mia Freedman has taken it upon herself to advocate against the new push for a same-sex marriage plebiscite by showing off her own huge and legally-binding wedding ring.

In a piece entitled Mia Freedman: “Straight, married women want marriage equality too.”, as if it were a piece of divine wisdom handed from the heavens on a stone tablet, Freedman writes that it’s incredibly dumb that Australians in same-sex relationships can’t get hitched.

That’s true. It is incredibly dumb. But the way in which she makes that point has been called out for being wildly self-centred and insensitive to the work of boots-on-the-ground queer activists who’ve spent decades advocating for equality.

The piece starts off strong, with Mia exclaiming “I’m married. To a man”, as if heterosexual partnerships were the revolutionary issue being discussed. She moves on to swing at the idea same-sex marriage will inherently diminish the meaning of straight marriages, which is itself one of the weakest of the weak arguments against marriage equality:

It won’t. It absolutely and unequivocally won’t.

This argument is bollocks and must be loudly refuted and rejected by all of us who are legally allowed to marry the person we love. Did allowing indigenous Australians to vote in 1965 make anyone else’s vote count less? Did allowing women to vote 100 years ago affect men.

(At this juncture, we need to point something out: both of those enfranchisements did statistically take sole voting power out of the hands non-indigenous Australians and men, respectively, and that was the point.)

Marriage equality won’t make anyone who is married today less married tomorrow. It won’t make anyone who is straight today, more gay tomorrow.

What it will do – what it must do – is ensure that all Australians are treated equally under the law.

That’s all pretty common sense stuff. An optimist could even argue that despite its inherently inwardly-facing tone, the piece could have done a passable job at reaching an audience potentially disinclined to consume media with a focus on queer issues. (Again, unlikely. If The Today Show can run a Karl Stefanovic piece on why same-sex marriage should be legalised, it’s hardly a radical concept.)

Then there’s the selfie, showing Freedman pointing to her ice, with a ready-made hashtag.

That’s what has so incensed the broader community: a married straight woman’s (seemingly) sincere belief that showcasing her lived experience constitutes a powerful catalyst for change, when all it appears to be is a married straight woman showing off.

Freedman has also received criticism for writing “do not be so foolish, arrogant or reckless as to dismiss this as a ‘gay’ issue,” despite the fact gay Australians have been leading the charge on this one decades before Mamamia burst onto your auntie’s Facebook page.

If that’s the kind of take we can expect from someone purportedly in favour of marriage equality, just imagine the reprehensible shit that will bubble out of the ‘No’ camp should the plebiscite go ahead. What a bloody world.

Source: Mamamia
Image: Mia Freedman / Instagram