Did Men and Women Really Watch the Royal Wedding For Different Reasons?
Here's an irritating quote given to the Christian Science Monitor:
"The royal wedding is not as emotionally salient to men as it is to women," says Terri Orbuch, a Detroit-based social psychologist and author, who adds, "women are far more invested in the relationships and connections around weddings than men in general."
Remember, girls, the most important thing is weddings. Not even marriage (although that's important too, you have to get married right away!) -- just weddings. Weddings all the time.
The most bothersome thing about this story is that it uses the royal wedding to perpetuate the myth of an unbridgeable "head/heart split between men and women" without any actual reporting to back it up.They talked to like two guys who are British history nerds and toss in some hackneyed pop psych about Disney movies and fairy tales making girls grow up into romance-obsessed women.
What's the point? This is just as annoying as when Amanda Hess wrote about how the royal wedding was like the Super Bowl for women (although a lot of what she had to say about "feminine" events being devalued in our culture was spot on, in fairness). No. The Super Bowl was the Super Bowl for women. We do not need a ghettoized girly version of the Super Bowl. Sometimes, women like sports, and even have an interest in history! Sometimes, men like weddings.
Anyway, here's William and Kate's first kiss as a married couple. A.k.a. the winning touchdown.