I’ll be a 21-year-old bridesmaid next summer. Twice. And not for an older sister, thrice divorced aunt, or former babysitter (the usual suspects), but instead, for two fellow Harvard gal pals. One graduated with the class of 2005, the other plans to walk with me in ’07. Your initial reaction, of course, is disbelief and despair: if the national divorce rate is pushing 50 percent, what are the chances a young couple could actually make marriage last in a society that entertains itself by watching “Desperate Housewives” and the Home Shopping Network. Don’t mind my pessimism—it merely serves to explain away my own status as a bachelorette. But honestly, a young bride seems so “Little House on the Prarie,” so “Spears and Federline,” certainly not the stuff of which successful relationships are made.
Mmmm, good point! I honestly had never thought of that. Maybe I need to talk to more of my “gal pals”! This brand new Crimson Editorial Columnist concludes:(more in expanded post)
So while I’m no expert on engagements (do I need repeat that I’m very much single?) and haven’t found my final self at a mere 20 years of age, I am pretty sure that when it comes to marriage, times are a-changing, again. We have watched and now question the new but older mothers around us, mothers who are spending their lives juggling the home and the office, torn between summers on the shore and summers in the shop, and shifting from Blackberry to ballet class. I don’t want this sort of balancing act, and much of my generation seems to agree. Bring on the boys, the vows, and the baby carriages.
First things first, though, I’m on the prowl for a bridesmaid dress. Make that two.
Setting aside for a moment that the author is essentially advocating for a return to the Leave it to Beaver family and gender roles model, is this kind of writing seriously what passes for serious political discourse? Am I really reading the editorial page of the great Harvard Crimson, pipeline to the New York Times and definer of reality for Harvard University, the most prestigious (rightly or wrongly) university in the world? Wow, gag me with a spoon.
Luckily, she a columnist, so let’s see where she takes us on this magical journey in two weeks!