Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Permission to Marry....

46565, NORTHLEACH, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - Tuesday November 16 2010. FILE PICTURE DATED Saturday October 23 2010.  Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged and will marry in 2011, Clarence House announced today. The announcement came after speculation reached fever pitch following a visit by Kate's parents to the Queen's Scottish estate last month. The invitation was seen as a clear sign that the couple were poised to announce they were marrying. They have been together for eight years and have recently been spending much of their time in north Wales where William is a search and rescue pilot. Their wedding, scheduled for 2011, will be the biggest royal event since the wedding of William's mother and father. ORIGINAL CAPTION: Prince William and girlfriend Kate Middleton attend the wedding of thier horse riding chum Harry Meade in the Cotswold village of Northleach, Gloucestershire.  Photograph:  Ikon Pictures, PacificCoastNews.com

So it was recently announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry next year.  Apparently, William went to Kate's father to ask for his permission and some people over at Jezebel are quite upset about this.  They think it's too sexist and old fashioned.  Fine, think what you like, but there's no reason to get angry over this.  My husband asked my dad for permission (though he asked me if that was okay first).  It's just a gesture and a tradition, no different from having the bride's father walk her down the ailse.  Honestly, people who get really angry over things like this may be why a lot of people don't want to call themselves "feminists."  In any case, who's to say that William didn't ask Kate if it was okay for him to ask her dad? If Kate was okay with it, then no one should be upset.

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