Dr Louise Richardson-Self

Lecturer, Philosophy & Gender Studies University of Tasmania

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Areas of Specialty: Areas of Competence:

Feminist Theory Political & Social Philosophy, Ethics

Research Interests:

  • French Feminisms
  • Social Imaginaries
  • Hate Speech and Harm
  • Human Rights & Tolerance
  • Queer Studies
  • Social Epistemology


  • Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2019—2021). Hate Speech Against Women Online, DE190100719.
    • This is the first DECRA awarded for research coded as 220306 - Feminist Theory.
  • R. M. Crawford Medal Recipient (Australian Academy of the Humanities 2016)




Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation

(Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015)

Check out a review of my book by Lorna Bracewell here!

There is massive public interest in same-sex marriage, a controversial topic that is rarely out of the media. This book investigates the extent to which legalizing same-sex marriage can contribute to ending the discrimination and social stigma faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women (LGBT) in the Western world. This issue breaks down into several further questions: can marriage equality be defended without reinforcing the idea that marriage is the most/only valuable form of intimate relationship? Can marriage equality be defended without further marginalizing non-conforming LGBT people? What kind of equality should LGBT people strive for? What critical agency might they lose when this equality is achieved? What institutional legacies should we embrace? The book focuses on human rights arguments supporting same-sex marriage and questions whether they are likely to both justify legal change and encourage shifts in the sociopolitical reception of LGBT people. After critically analyzing various arguments in favor of same-sex marriage, the author puts forward a justification that allows for marriage equality and does not result in the assimilation of queer identities into heteronormative identity.

Academic Publications:

  1. 'Reflections on Imagination and Embodiment in the work of Moira Gatens, 1983—2008'. Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 30: (2019) pp. 29—47.
  2. 'Offending White Men: Racial Vilification, Misrecognition and Epistemic Injustice'. Feminist Philosophy Quarterly 4:4 (2018), pp. 1—24.
  3. 'Same-Sex Marriage and the "No" Campaign'. Humanities Australia, 9 (2018), pp. 32-39.
  4. 'Woman Hating: On Misogyny, Sexism, and Hate Speech'. Hypatia. 33:2 (2018), pp. 256-272.
  5. 'Reporting on LGBTIAQ Politics: Some Strategies for Journalists', Asia Pacific Media Educator, 25:2 (2015), pp. 171-181.
  6. 'Same-Sex Marriage: Zero Tolerance', Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 21: (2014) pp. 113—124.
  7. ‘Irigarayan Insights on the Problem of LGBT Inequality’. Everyday Feminist Research Praxis: Doing Gender in the Netherlands. Ed. Koen Leurs and Domitilla Olivieri. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press (2014), pp. 40—55.
  8. Same Sex Marriage: the Road to Social Justice?’, Australian Review of Public Affairs, Digest (May 2014).
  9. Questioning the Goal of Same-Sex Marriage’, Australian Feminist Studies, 27:72 (2012), pp. 205-219.
  10. Coming Out and Fitting In: Same-Sex Marriage and the Politics of Difference’, M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 15:6 (2012).

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