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Hitched: On Prenups

Amelia Earhart's Prenup
The aviator desired a modern marriage. Read More »

When I first read what folks are calling Amelia Earhart’s “prenup,” I was sure it was too good to be true: here is, in 1931 or thereabouts, a woman telling her fiancé in no uncertain terms that she doesn’t necessarily intend to be faithful to him, that her career comes first and that she intends to keep a place where she can be alone, “now and then.”

But no, there it is at the Purdue University Library in a collection of the aviatrix’s papers.

Would that we all sent these letters to our partners before walking down the aisle. How much heartache could be avoided if people laid their hopes and intentions out plain for each other instead of assuming that a preacher and a piece of paper and an open bar would magically align life goals, personal preferences and financial habits? The answer is: a lot of heartache could be avoided. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Kate Middleton Removed “Obey” From Her Vows

We’ve got a quickie Today’s Lady News column today because Amelia and I were up at — yaaaawn — 4:45 a.m. liveblogging the royal wedding and we’re both pooped. Feel free to include your own news articles and blog posts for Today’s Lady News in the comments!

  • Kate Middleton removed the word “obey” from her marriage vows today. Feministing’s Samhita Mukhopadhyay explains why — surprise! — that doesn’t really matter. [Guardian UK]
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has included gender identity and pregnancy as protections under the department’s “equal opportunity” policy. [Pams House Blend]
  • Are black women actually more likely than white women to be bulimics — despite the stereotypes of what we think a bulimic “looks like”? [The Root]
  • Women would be held in handcuffs or otherwise restrained while giving birth in prison or jail, the Florida’s state Senate has decided. Jailed women can only be physically restrained if they pose a security risk. [Miami Herald]
  • Women filmmakers and screenwriters took home big prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival! [Indie Wire]

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10 Wedding Vows I’m Making To The Public

For our July wedding, my fiancé and I have decided to write our own vows. Of all the wedding preparations, I’m pretty sure this aspect will the most challenging — with the exception of breaking the news to my heat-intolerant mother that the ceremony would be held outdoors at noon in the middle of summer — if only because it’s so personal. While sharing my thoughts in a public forum isn’t such a new thing for me, I’m not so used to reading those thoughts out loud to a group of close friends and family on a highly emotional day. I hope I don’t choke! The other day, as I was thinking about what vows I wanted to make as a wife, I started thinking about a different kind of vow — the kind I’d like to make to the public. So, after the jump, I bring you the 10 vows that I make to you, as I begin my life as a married woman. Keep reading »

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