What's So Weird About A Feminist Wedding?Dodai Stewart4/24/09 12:00pmFiled to: i thee dreadModern marriagejessica valentiWeddingMarriageWeddingsFeminismTop203EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkJessica Valenti is a feminist. She's also getting married. This creates some issues…Advertisement…But mostly for other people. They think it's weird. In a piece for the Guardian, she writes:Andrew encountered confused faces when he talked about our non-traditional proposal; my extended family looked similarly quizzical when I mentioned that I would be keeping my last name. The fact that Andrew and I had had conversations about the misogynist traditions that accompany marriage made us a bit of an oddity, it seemed. Then there were the fellow feminists who felt that getting married was a sop to the patriarchy, and the problems that we encountered as a couple. Because, with the best will in the world, kissing goodbye to gender roles can be more difficult than it looks.But Valenti has a good grasp on the most important part of a marriage — Love. This is in part due to the book Against Love: A Polemic, by Laura Kipnis. Valenti, whose own book, The Purity Myth, was just released, calls the tome "an unabashed critique of romantic love." Kipnis lists all the ways being in a couple can be limiting: "You can't just walk out on your job or quit in a huff. You can't make unilateral career decisions, or change jobs without extensive discussion and negotiation. You can't have your own bank account. You can't leave the dishes for later, wash the dishes badly, not use soap, drink straight from the container." Well, some of these are debatable. But Kipnis' book, according to Valenti, "offers a full-blown critique of a society structured so completely on the idea that people should be coupled." And, Valenti writes, the book made her think of feminism as "the adultery of social norms." For example: "What do you mean you want to keep your own last name when you get married? Or refuse to buy that wrinkle cream? Or play baseball instead of softball? I liken feminism to cheating on the deeply ingrained gender standards that our society clings to as tightly as it holds on to the idea of love."