Feminists should embrace marriage

Rather late in the day, I happened to come aross an article in the Guardian written a year ago by Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism and proud new owner of a British Empire Medal. Laura was about to get married. In her article, she discussed the dilemma she faced that marriage and feminism might be mutually exclusive.…

Mr & Mrs Pitt

So the really hot story of the summer was the ‘secret’ wedding of Brad and Angelina, a couple so famous that we not only know them by their first names but also by their combined nickname ‘Brangelina’. Sad to admit, I’ve never met them and I don’t know anyone who has. However ‘Brangelina’ and ‘Karry’…

Happy anniversary!

I love anniversaries. And there seem to have been a flurry of them recently. I suppose it’s simply that people tend to get married in the summer months and so June/July will always produce a disproportionate number of celebrations. A few examples: We had dinner at ours this week with friends who were celebrating their…

Whirlwind romance is all about ‘me’

You know when you hear a story and think there’s something not quite right about it? Well, that’s what I thought this morning when I heard that Cheryl Cole has married her French boyfriend after just three months of meeting him. (I had much the same feeling of cringe when I heard about Channel 4’s silly idea…

Marriage is back?

Well, maybe not yet, but there are small but encouraging signs of a genuine uptrend. The latest figures from Office for National Statistics showed that there were 5% more marriages in England and Wales during 2012 compared to the previous year. The increase was pretty well spread across the board. There were more first marriages and…

Let’s call the whole thing off … good decision.

Would you have the guts to call off a wedding after you’ve sent out the invites? I wonder if I would. Some will criticise golfer Rory McIlroy for getting cold feet about his marriage to tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. At least that is how the media are presenting the story, that he was the one…