Feminism and the Royal Wedding

Ok, this might seem a bit of a misnoma as a heading, but bear with me.

Glamour this month included a feature “The Royal Wedding has ruined my love life”.  In it, the writer describes how the fact that “Waity Katie” finally “got her man” has made his girlfriend of 8 years suddenly more demanding.  And you know what Glamour, I am really disappointed in you.

Glamour could be considered to be at the feminist end of the glossy spectrum.  It frequently covers pay disparity, is more likely to include CV tips than cleaning tips, and treats women as well-rounded people.  And yet, this coverage of the royal wedding is the same as the coverage everywhere.  Waity-Katie has finally waited long enough, she’s been good enough, and she’s finally been given a new life by Prince Charming.

Couldn’t just one magazine have thought of another side to this story?  Perhaps one like this.

Although Middleton has always loved the Prince, she realised how much she would have to give up to be with him.  Her career would be entirely determined by his birth, as his was.  She would have to marry young, and she couldn’t chose to be child free as heirs would be demanded.  She would, for the rest of her life be judged on her looks by the Daily Mail and others.

For all these reasons, it’s taken Middleton a long time to commit to the Prince.  Although they’ve been living together for a number of years, it wasn’t until this year that she decided she wanted to get married and accept these lifestyle choices.  She had even broken up with Windsor a few years ago, and while he tried to drown his sorrows with his friends, she somberly took the time to reflect on the choice she was making by pursuing a relationship with the heir to the throne.

Now she has finally taken the plunge, she is already carving a career as a Royal, arranging public events, and staking her claims to the fashion world.  We have high hopes for just how much Middleton can achieve – for under-represented people at home and abroad, as well as for British industry at such a difficult time.

Now, I’m not claiming any sort of insider knowledge that suggests this story is true in anyway.  Maybe Kate Middleton is Waity-Katy.  But wouldn’t it be nice if just one mainstream press had presented this view of the story?

Glamour, I expected more from you.


One Comment on “Feminism and the Royal Wedding”

  1. Jo Elvin says:

    Hi Jenn,

    I see what you’re saying, but I stand by the piece as a man’s point of view. We often publish the male perspective on things and sometimes that view is unpopular! It is, however,interesting in that it always gets a reaction.

    A few issues ago, we actually did an in-depth profile of Kate Middleton where we portrayed her exactly as you would hope, I think. As an intelligent woman who had a lot going for her – in fact, our piece was very different to how lots of mainstream press consider her and we very much challenged the whole ‘waity katy’ nonsense. Our Man piece in the last issue is just a nod to other angles – the ‘man’s angle’ – which is relevant because the wedding seems to have conjured this sentiment in a lot of men (whether women like it or not). We’ve also had positive letters about that piece, but I guess I am drawn to the features that will generate a reaction and I’m grateful for your point of view and will take it on board.

    As you rightly point out, we are committed to a positive, feminist stance, but I like to explore all sorts of opinions within the mag.

    Best wishes,

    Editor, Glamour

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