Posts tagged "traditional relationships"

Study: Wedding Traditions Are Changing Sloooowly

Weddings may be full of age-old "rules," but according to a new poll, views on strong-held nuptial traditions are slowly changing. A new Harris Poll surveyed 2,300 Americans this April to find out where they stand on old-school ideas about how heterosexual weddings are supposed to go down. Marriages might be changing, but weddings? Not

By: Claire Hannum / June 6, 2014

Frisky Rant: Want To “Save Marriage”? Stop Telling Women What To Do

Conservatives' stance on marriage hasn't ever much suited me. The so-called value they profess the loudest is "Preserving And Protecting Traditional Marriage" — it sat at number one atop the 2012 GOP platform — and is of course coded language for marriage between a man and a woman. Their PR strategy for pushing traditional marriage is pretty…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2014

Shakira On Her Boyfriend: “He No Longer Lets Me Do Videos With Men”

"He's very territorial, and since he no longer lets me do videos with men, well, I have to do them with women. It's more than implied in our relationship that I can't do videos like I used to. It's out of the question - which I like, by the way. I like that he protect…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 10, 2014

The Soapbox: On Lori Gottlieb, “Egalitarian” Relationships And Sexual Passion

The author Lori Gottlieb markets herself as a teller of harsh relationship truths for women. As a contributor to The Atlantic, she saw her 2008 piece "Marry Him!" turned into a full-fledged book in which she advocates that women abandon long lists of qualities marriageable men need to have and marry Mr. Good Enough before…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2014

Republican Politician Cites Bible, Writes That Wives Should Submit To Husbands

Last month, Republican Representative Steve Pearce of New Mexico published a memoir in which he wrote about his Biblical belief that a wife should "submit" to her husband as part of her "obedience to the Lord." [Huffington Post] In remembrance of today being the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision effectively…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Emily Matchar, Author of Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing The New Domesticity

One upon a time, the phrase "domestic diva" referred to Martha Stewart and stereotypes of 1950's housewives. But you may have noticed recently that all your friends are knitting and growing their own kale. Your cousin is raising chickens in her backyard. Your mom is making her own pickles and selling them on Etsy. And…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 30, 2013

Everything Joe & Melissa Gorga Might Want To Know About Actual Dominant/Submissive Relationships, But Are Too Afraid To Ask

It's difficult to walk away from an episode of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" without thinking to oneself, "Every single one of these women needs massive amounts of therapy" ... yet we do it in a way that keeps us TiVoing their table-flipping drama week after week. But a new book published by Melissa Gorga, called Love

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 25, 2013

It’s OK, The Word “Wife” Isn’t Going To Bite

A woman goes through life with a number of labels that she doesn't have any control over, either by birth or by society's imposition. But one label she should get to choose is whether she wants to be someone's "wife" or not.  This should be a right for all of us. A recent piece o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2013

Men With Sisters Are More Likely To Become Republicans, Do Less Housework

My brother grew up with four sisters in the house. I know, right? Come to find out, there's more to having a bunch of sisters than just growing up to be a ladies' man. A new study published in the Journal of Politics has found that boys with sisters are more likely to grow u…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 2, 2013

Miranda Kerr Is A Submissive Wife To Orlando Bloom

"I am quite dominant in my career, so what really works for me when I come home, is to relax more into the feminine side. If you're really an alpha female, you don't allow [your partner] to have the space to feel like the man in the relationship. Maybe I am too traditional, but me…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2013

Gabrielle Reece Is A Submissive Wife To Husband Laird Hamilton

Professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reese is promoting a new memoir, My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper, which hops on the bandwagon of a somewhat popular theme for memoirs-by-strong-ladies these days: she says her life and marriage have improved by being "submissive" to her husband, pro surfer Laird Hamilton. …

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

On Alisa Valdes’s Conflict With Feminism, Her Cowboy & Domestic Abuse

If you've been reading the blogosphere lately, you've likely heard about Alisa Valdes and her memoir, The Feminist And The Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story. Valdes is the author several romance novels and the debut novel The Dirty Girls Social Club (as Valdes-Rodriguez), which landed her all kinds of accolades. She was even named one…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2013

Dubiously Sourced Survey Says Women Find 1950s-Era Men The Most Desirable

Women most desire the manners and appearance of men from the 1950s, according to a new survey by the men's skincare brand, Scaramouche & Fandango. (Yes, that's their real name.) The survey found that more than half of women thought men cleaned up better in the 1950s and more than two-thirds of these poor, beleaguered wome…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 24, 2012

Michelle Duggar’s Tips For A Happy Marriage Include Being “Financially Dependent” On A Man

I won't beat around the bush: "tips for a happy marriage" from Michelle Duggar are as bad as they sound. In the season premiere of "19 Kids and Counting" this week, the reality TV mama (whose family is stumping for Rick Santorum) is filmed at a conference on how to have a happy, evangelical Christia…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

The Soapbox: What It Means To Be A Gentleman

I came late to appreciating chivalry, which I have written about on The Frisky before. For most of my life, chivalry made me uncomfortable. I’ve always identified as a feminist and Third Wave feminism generally is pretty frosty towards traditional gender roles. But moreso than being a feminist, I felt the same way a lot…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2011

Girl Talk: I’m A Feminist, But I Think I Want To Date A More Traditional Dude

One of the defining tensions in my life has always been reconciling my feminist political beliefs, my desire for a respectful and egalitarian relationship, and my attraction to more traditional alpha males. I passionately believe in women's equality, in reproductive rights, and in equal pay for equal work. And I want to be in a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 28, 2011