I’m not going to pretend this post will be a substantive critique, but I was standing in line a the pharmacy yesterday and of course all the magazine covers were flush with royal wedding photography and attention-grabbing headlines (why are the headlines always in garish yellow?). It was this one from Us Weekly that caught my attention.
It’s not much of a revelation at this point that weddings are framed in our culture as something that women obsess about, dream about, plan and are primarily responsible for executing successfully … all the male (and yes, weddings in the sense I’m talking about are assumed to be heterosexual endeavors) member of the duo is expected to do is show up on the day in a suit that complements his ladylove’s dress and not do something embarrassing like get into a drunken brawl with the best man.
But I was struck all the same by the juxtaposition of a photograph in which there’s clearly a couple kissing (as in: two people! snogging!) with the headline that erases William from the action entirely. If nothing else, surely the presence of a prince is part of the requirements for a “fairy tale” wedding?