Disengaged Gives Us The Space To Question Marriage Equality

Disengaged Gives Us The Space To Question Marriage Equality

By Jasmine Lowe


I previously watched the whole first season of “Disengaged” in one sitting this past summer when I was looking for more web series content with positive LGBTQ representation to include in an article. The series follows a couple, Jules (Hannah Pearl Utt) and Sydney (Jen Tullock), in a committed partnership who find themselves thinking about marriage following the United States Supreme Court same-sex marriage that made it legal in all fifty states. The story provides commentary on the pressure that many couples have felt to get legally married post-ruling.

“Jen and I really wanted to explore co-dependency, female relationships, and romance,” Jen Tullock said in a Huffington Post article of her and co-creator Hannah Utt’s intentions with the series.

“We also wanted to play the leads in our show. When we decided upon the inciting incident of the Supreme Court Ruling, everything else fell into place, and we realized we’d happened upon a perfect vehicle through which to explore our complicated and varied feelings about marriage, monogamy and other prescribed social constructs that wind up dictating very personal decisions.”

“…we hope the takeaway is that no social construct or institution is right for everyone…”

The ten-episode season does a wonderful job of highlighting the many opinions and beliefs that surround the subject of love and marriage as a same-sex couple in the modern world. The show, according to Utt in The Huffington Post article, explained how the story “is meant to explore the many nuances of queer feeling surrounding marriage as an institution ― including queer people who don’t necessarily believe in marriage.”

As I conclude the season of attending different weddings of couples with varying sexual orientations, it’s great to see representation of some of those feelings about love and marriage on the screen.

“We aren’t trying to send an anti-marriage message with the show,” Utt continued, “but rather we hope the takeaway is that no social construct or institution is right for everyone, and it makes sense to us how a tradition designed within a heteronormative framework could feel like an awkward fit to the people it’s rejected for centuries. This is a right that was hard won, and now it’s the queer community’s right to exercise it however the F they want to. Romantic relationships are changing, and we’re suggesting that the whole system may need to change with them.”
You can watch the entire season of Disengaged on YouTube.

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