As the adage goes, the only people who truly understand a marriage are the two individuals within it; but it’s hard to ignore certain trends that arise in hyper conservative communities where men hold all the power and women are tasked solely with subservience. It’s even harder to ignore the facts: Women who seek divorce in Orthodox Jewish communities face serious repercussions beyond the run-of-the-mill trauma of an average marital unraveling. They are ... Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Jan 14, 2015
It appears that everyone is now privy to the same rights and privileges as those of us willfully ensconced in hetero-normative life patterns. We’re talking about access to super unnecessary and expensive public symbols of romantic love—the kind featured in Tiffany’s new ad campaign. Two handsome gentlemen sit on the steps of what we're guessing is a fancy pants brownstone (who knows? maybe posing for engagement portraits?) in the ad. They don't ... Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Jul 29, 2014
There I was, sitting outside on my lunch break, drinking a violently green-colored juice BECAUSE I AM HEALTHY and eating a Toblerone BECAUSE I AM SOMETIMES HEALTHY watching a young mother chase her ginger-haired kid around a cluster of potted plants. I could hear her voice rising as both her temper and the child began to get away from her, and I briefly wondered if I should help her snatch the boy before some roving kidnapper did. Then I remembered I am ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 25, 2014
According to BuzzFeed, a woman posted on the /r/relationships subreddit with some concerning news about her marriage. While on her way to the airport for a business trip, the woman's husband emailed her a spreadsheet that detailed their sexual activity since early June. For the past month and a half, the husband was recording the response his wife would give when he asked for sex; if she responded with a no, he would provide what the excuse was for ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 30, 2014
Why do so many romantic comedies and Disney films end with marriage? What is about this ceremony that makes it the ultimate happy ending?
Documentary filmmaker Doug Block answers this plus more in the documentary 112 Weddings. Over the past couple decades; Block had filmed weddings in his free time in order to make some extra cash between documentaries. Using some of this footage as well as new footage that showcases some of the couples (and not-so-couples) after ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on Jun 14, 2014
Suzanne Morissette proves that on her wedding day, she is not just a pretty porcelain doll exclusively to be looked at, toasted to, and fawned over. Her lucky husband is clearly sticking with Morissette for life not only because she's a hottie patattie, but because she has major chops!
He's standing just off to the side in this video, actually, playing in the band. I hope he got to enjoy his special day as well, but as the cliché goes, it's all about ... Read More
The topic of female sexuality never ceases to incite fear and outrage, from the biblical Eve to the mythological Medusa, whose phallic snakes coil about her face like hair. Too often, it seems to be up to male storytellers, artists, and philosophers to define a woman’s sex and the female body. We’re morally judged if we choose to be sexually active, and we are similarly shamed if we choose to abstain. When the photographer David Magnusson first read ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on Apr 23, 2014
If taffeta, silk chiffon, satin and tulle are the materials of wedding dresses, surely a divorce dress would be made from something much harsher--and more technical.
Demi Barnes constructed a wedding dress from divorce papers in under ten hours for her Art GCSE. Talk about taking a standardized test and making it your own. The dress is constructed from about 1500 pages of one set of divorce papers photocopied multiple times. And yes, she did have to cite her work. ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Mar 03, 2014
Even with all of the almost-there-but-not-quite Ellen jokes and the most transcendent acceptance speech in the history of acceptance speeches, we still found time to sit down with the latest episode of Girls. Or least I did.
Hannah’s grandma is dying, so she eats a salad in the middle of the sidewalk. This confirms that she is the kind of pedestrian that deserves all of the pigeon shits.
At her mom’s urging, Hannah shows up at the ... Read More
BY Michelle Beiter
on Feb 12, 2014
In her memoir The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took To Keep My Best Friend In America And What It Taught Us About Love, Liza Monroy challenges the definition of marriage and true companionship. She chronicles the experiences she had during her first marriage, a green card union intended to save her gay best friend from deportation and a life of hiding his sexuality in his home country, exploring how those experiences shaped her interpretation of what it truly means ... Read More