The photographer Suzanne Heintz is sick and tired of being told that she needs to marry and have kids. Although she acknowledges the strides made by women in the past decades in her interview with Feature Shoot, she feels now that a new sort of feminine mystique has emerged in the past years; rather than being expected to be perfect housewives, society now demands that women have the family, the career, and the flourishing social life. Amidst pressure to ... Read More
BY Alanna Vagianos
on Sep 18, 2013
I’ve never been an avid reader of the magazine Cosmopolitan (except that time I gained 15 pounds while I was abroad and the “Lose 10 lbs. in 10 Hours” headlines sucked me in – it doesn’t work by the way). My roommate however, happens to love Cosmo and reads it religiously. One day after work, while I was taking a short break from my very intense love affair with Netflix, I picked up a recent copy of Cosmo.
In ... Read More
Ah, wedding dresses. What a bride chooses to wear to her wedding is a sacred choice. Different colors and different shapes can represent how a gal chooses to enter into a lifetime with the person she loves. Every outfit is as unique as each woman herself; a really good wedding dress can help to express the ways in which she and her partner love one another. So can location, for that matter. Whether it’s a church or a beach or in the middle of the ... Read More
When my mother got engaged in 1979, she and my father decided against a traditional proposal. There was no expensive dinner, no bended knee and no ring. In the wake of second-wave feminism, my mother felt that a ring served as an unfair indicator that she belonged to my father; she would not wear a symbol to ward off other men if my father did not bear a similar marker.
Has culture surrounding engagement rings changed today? In some ways, it ... Read More
No snark this morning. Just sadness.
Below is a video of a little girl from Yemen named Nada Al-Ahdal, who threatens to commit suicide if her parents force her to get married. Yeah, seriously.
“What about the innocence of childhood,” she asks, as my heart sinks into my stomach. “I would have no life, no education. Don’t they have any compassion?” She says. It's heavy stuff. And then it gets worse.
She recounts the story of ... Read More
What’s in a name? Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were able to forsake their last names for love. But Romeo and Juliet were idiots. What does it actually mean, in a 21st century context, to trade in your last name for your spouse’s?
According to a new study (conducted by observing Facebook analytics, of all things) about a third of women who marry in their 20's choose to retain their original last name. This is a considerably larger ... Read More
It’s good to know that people still think women go to college to get their MRS degree.
At the World Islamic Economic Forum, Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak spoke about the place of women in Islamic societies and remarked, "Before coming here, my officials have told me that the latest university intake in Malaysia, a Muslim country, 68% will be women entering our universities."
To which London Mayor Boris Johnson interjected it’s because ... Read More
I'm not sure if any of our readers would seriously look to Victoria's Secret models for marriage advice, or realistic perspective on...anything ever, but Miranda Kerr has caused quite a ruckus when she recently revealed the success of her marriage with Legolas.
Apparently doing big things (writing books, making skin care products, etc.) in a recent interview for Net a Porter's online magazine, The Edit, Kerr was quoted saying the following:
“I think it ... Read More
In the U.S., the bride and her parents are expected to pay for the wedding, the gown, and to be in charge of the wedding arrangements. However, in China it is the opposite. Instead, grooms are expected to pay a “bride price” – ordinarily $10,000 – often alongside purchasing an apartment and a car. A more traditional and old-fashioned practice, these wedding standards are taking over China and redefining marital practices, ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Apr 23, 2013
Recent research has progressively shown that sex is a more emotional act for men than it is for women. Since men often communicate their feelings via action rather than speech, it makes sense that they take notice when sex diminishes in their relationships. Justin Lehmiller, a Harvard University social psychologist studying sexuality observes, "For some men, sex may be their primary way of communicating and expressing intimacy. [It] takes away their primary ... Read More