Why we should all be swimming in the Irish seas this summer
Why we should all be swimming in the Irish seas this summer

Freya Drohan

“It’s an old-fashioned attitude, wanting to be really thin” — Do Victoria Beckham’s comments on body image reflect modern mentality?
“It’s an old-fashioned attitude, wanting to be really thin” — Do Victoria Beckham’s comments on...

Sarah Gill

House Tour: Downsizing lessons from this gorgeous Dublin mews
House Tour: Downsizing lessons from this gorgeous Dublin mews

Jillian Bolger

A London townhouse tour of V&A tastemaker Harriet Anstruther
A London townhouse tour of V&A tastemaker Harriet Anstruther

IMAGE Interiors & Living

This cool lakeside home in Co Monaghan is on the market for €275,000
This cool lakeside home in Co Monaghan is on the market for €275,000

Megan Burns

The most explosive moments from the Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy libel trial
The most explosive moments from the Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy libel trial

Sarah Gill

The best tan drops for make-up free, sun-kissed skin
The best tan drops for make-up free, sun-kissed skin

Holly O'Neill

It seems as though churning out TikToks is now part and parcel of being a musician
It seems as though churning out TikToks is now part and parcel of being a...

Sarah Gill

This Irish book subscription box will help you sort your next great summer read
This Irish book subscription box will help you sort your next great summer read

Sarah Finnan

What is colloidal oatmeal and should I be using it?
What is colloidal oatmeal and should I be using it?

Shayna Sappington

Image / Self / Relationships
premium
SELF

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


by Victoria Stokes
19th Jan 2022
blank

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Sure, I’m well aware that many wedding traditions are rooted in outdated concepts.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...

You have reached a premium article.

For unlimited digital access to the stories worth paying for, subscribe now to IMAGE from just €4.99 a month
Subscribe