Posts tagged "traditions"

Can We Stop Using The Term “Maiden Name”?

It’s stupid, it’s gendered, it’s pointless, just stop.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 29, 2015

6 Silly Christmas Traditions I Will Always Cherish

Throughout my childhood, I always assumed everyone celebrated Christmas the same way. Little did I know, many of my family’s silly traditions simply exist because of my late grand-mère. Many of them are reflections of her favorite things and people. Being the center of our family, we all happily followed her lead and never questioned…

By: Sophie Leon / December 25, 2013

10 New Year’s Traditions And Superstitions

Most people will bring in 2011 by watching the New Year’s countdown in Times Square, going to church or attending a party. Kissing someone hot and sexy, whether a current flame or a potential new one, is a high priority at the stroke of midnight. But there are other, lesser-known traditions. If 2010 wasn’t that…

By: Annika Harris / December 31, 2010

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Is Insistent That I Take His Name If We Marry”

I have been dating a wonderful man for two years and we have been talking about getting married. The only problem is that it’s very important to him that I take his last name. He thinks it would make us feel more like a family and serve as a sign of my devotion to him.

By: Wendy Atterberry / November 3, 2010

20 Things You Don’t Have To Do At Your Wedding

Over the last few weeks I’ve answered a couple wedding-related questions in my “Dear Wendy” column that left me wondering why people are still following outdated “rules” when planning a wedding. One person who wrote me worried that her fiancé would have more guests on “his side” than she’d have on hers; the letter I

By: Wendy Atterberry / June 9, 2010

A Frog Wedding To Appease Rain God

Oh, Hindu rain god, won’t you please bless this Indian village with rain so defenseless, independent frogs won’t be forced to marry? Villagers in the northeastern In the northeastern state of Asam, marrying frogs is a local custom that villagers say appeases the rain god after a drought. There hasn’t been any rain for the…

By: Annika Harris / June 3, 2009

A Father’s Blessing: Sexist Tradition Or A Sign Of Respect?

Over on AskMen.com there’s this article all about the importance of asking a father’s permission for his daughter’s hand in marriage, a tradition I guess I wrongly assumed was as relevant as outhouses and chastity belts. According to the article, “while the traditional reasons for asking are now obsolete, popping the question to [a woman’s]…

By: Wendy Atterberry / April 3, 2009