We can thank the British for many things: the colonization of much of the world, not passing on their dentistry or cooking skills, our accents, the postage stamp, Mr. Bean, the pay toilet and gravity, just to name a few. But one thing we have never given them credit for is creating the wedding industry. [...]
About Katrina Majkut
Katrina Majkut has written 12 articles so far, you can find them below.
Each generation has their heated issue when it comes to marriage. Once upon a time, it was imperative to maintain the virtue and innocence of a young woman (i.e.: the presence of her hymen) on her wedding night. In present times, the average age of sexually active women is 17. Therefore, contrary to the repressive [...]
Disney’s princess plots are more predictable than a woman’s period. Girl is oppressed (by magic, evil villain, or station in life), girl decides to challenge adversity, girl meets vagabond boy en route, cue adorable magical or animal sidekick, boy and girl conquer evil villain, boy and girl marry and the live happily ever after. The [...]
After consummating their marriage, the parents of one of my oldest friends discovered in family charts that they are in fact 23rd cousins, twice removed. They remain happily married to this day. While twenty-three degrees of separation seems like a big enough number to continue sleeping soundly in a joint bed, the cultural acceptance of [...]
The moment narcissistic and emotionally clouded film character, Jerry Maguire uttered the words, “You complete me,” women and men swooned at the notion that love and self were fully realized when two fated-lovers decided they couldn’t live without each other. Though before the human head weighed eight pounds, both fiction and real life idolized this [...]
Ever watched a groom disappear under the layers of lace and chiffon of a bride’s dress? He’s searching for the promise of an exciting wedding night, while guests wonder what’s really going on as his head is between the bride’s legs. With a drum roll he emerges triumphant, garter in his teeth, smiling. On such [...]
Back in 2002, the Discovery Channel produced and aired, “Planet Earth.” It broke new ground as it offered glimpses of the planet’s most rare and complex eco-systems and animals via HD. Discovery captured never-before documented birds from Borneo, breaching Great White Shark seal attacks and made finding and observing critically endangered species seem easy. People [...]
As a frequent single at weddings, catching the bouquet symbolized more than just being next up to the altar. It represented being on a team perceived as less favorable – the singles team. Identifying oneself as such to a wedding crowd is not always fun. It’s like announcing that your batting average in relationships is [...]
From JFK to John Edwards to Eliot Spitzer, Prince Charles to Picasso, from Kobe to Tiger and countless other celebrities, these men promised ‘for better or for worse’ and yet each had an extramarital affair or two. While women too commit their own sex scandals, it’s the male affairs that take center stage the most. But women do share the spotlight in affairs – mostly as the victimized wife. Placed before their peers, the wife must decide whether or not to uphold the concept of ‘for better or for worse’ after their husbands have broken their own shared vows first. Divorce is not an easy decision.
A 17 year-old Texan has filed a complaint with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights against the Fort Worth school district for not allowing her to play on the volleyball team because she is pregnant. Senior, Mackenzie McCollum of Arlington Heights, dreamt of receiving a college scholarship and needed to play in order [...]
For someone who’s been equated with a sexy librarian, has a porn-star lookalike and was one of 2008’s top sexy Halloween costumes, it’s been proven once again that sex and Sarah are seldom far apart. It has been almost a year since we were inundated with red blazers, Alaskan homespun values and hockey-mom sayings. Now [...]
Come July, I am marrying a man, I will wear white, I will even wear high heels (for at least a portion of the wedding) and I call myself a feminist. As a bride and a feminist, my goal is to dissect the formal, patriarchal institution of weddings in order to modernize the practice and [...]