From the “I couldn’t make this stuff up” department comes this:
The National Post, a serious national mainstream newspaper in Canada, had a report this past week about a woman who married herself.
(No, I’m not making this up. I told you that already.)
The practice is called sologamy, and it was inspired by — or “entered popular culture,” as the National Post puts it — in a 2003 episode of the U.S. TV series Sex and the City.
I’m thinking this is a way of confirming one’s bachelorhood, as in “Nobody is ever getting the old ball and chain on me.”
Which is fine. But why the wedding ceremony?
(No! I told you already. I AM NOT making this up!)
The National Post interviews one Sophie Tanner, 38, who took the plunge and married herself.
Said Sophie: “I literally had the idea when I was lying in bed recovering from flu and a bad relationship. Everyone celebrates getting together with someone and getting married, but there’s no milestone in society that celebrates escaping something awful or returning to your own happiness and contentment.”
So in a ceremony complete with a vintage white dress and a wedding party afterward with some 50 guests, Sophie swore to cherish herself for eternity.
(No . . . no . . . no . . . I am not making this up!)
If you’re thinking someone is making money on this, you would be right. Exhibit A: I Married Me has a self-marriage kit, including “a self-wedding ring, vows and daily affirmation cards.”
It says “A self-wedding is a symbolic ceremony – about reconnecting and staying connected with you. Wear the ring to remind you every day to LOVE YOURSELF.”
And, yes, people are actually doing it: “Hundreds” of packages have been sold, the National Post says.
A site called The Daily Wire has also done a report on sologamy, and they are less than objective about the practice, calling it “the saddest trend you ever heard of” in the headline.
They say “bitter feminists with a millennial-like flare for narcissism are marrying themselves after sticking it to The Patriarchy by choosing to put their careers ahead of their personal lives.”
One Erika Anderson, 37, tied the knot with herself “after she grew tired of people asking why she was still single. So, in front of family and friends she married herself,” The Daily Wire quotes a WUSA9 report.
But WUSA9 also said “even though she’s married to herself, she’s dating and open to marrying another person,” the Daily Wire reported.
Hmm. So, if she sleeps with someone other than herself, has she committed adultery? Would it be grounds for a divorce from herself? If so, how does the alimony arrangement work out?
Sigh . . . the mind boggles over the complications involved with marrying oneself.
Of course, none of this is legally binding. And I only draw your attention to it because one of Canada’s most respected newspapers, the National Post, thought the practice of sologamy was significant to report on. Who am I to argue?
There’s something happening here/what it is ain’t exactly clear.
But, different strokes for different folks . . .
Meanwhile, I’m a bi polyamorous person in a monogamous relationship in which my partner and I have both sworn to each other that we will never get married. Now I’m wondering if we should have a ceremony to confirm that commitment never to marry each other . . .
Sigh . . .
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Photo: A wedding cake. (Photo credit: Foter.com)