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Can we stop pretending men aren’t willing participants in marriage?


by Victoria Stokes
19th Jan 2022

There were many things Victoria Stokes expected when she started planning her wedding. Eyewatering costs? Check. Unwanted opinions? Check. Many, many glasses of champagne? Check. What she didn’t expect was blatant sexism.

Sure, I’m well aware that many wedding traditions are rooted in outdated concepts. The very custom of a father handing over ‘authority’ of his daughter to another man is so shrouded in misogyny it’s almost laughable. Yet, I didn’t expect remnants of this culture to still exist and the myth that men don’t want to commit to still be so insultingly strong. In just a few short weeks of wedding planning, I have heard my...

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