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The Adventures and Discoveries of a Feminist Bride is a narrative non-fiction book that humorously, honestly,
and thoughtfully reflects on Western wedding culture, while following the calamitous exploits and at times
beleaguered journey of bride, Katrina Majkut. Majkut, inspired by her own calamitous experiences as both a
bride and a bridesmaid, sets out on a journey to unpack the meaning and impact of wedding ‘traditions’. After
breaking into her own apartment in her underwear to save a bridesmaid dress, branding herself with an iron in a
quest to be the perfectly quaffed bridesmaid, and getting mysteriously kicked out of another wedding party,
Majkut threw in her newlywed monogrammed towel and said,
“No more!” Women deserve better than this!”
The Adventures and Discoveries of a Feminist Bride follows Majkut, an acclaimed fine artist, on her sassy prenuptial misadventures as she comes to terms with why she was failing so miserably at weddings. Majkut invites readers on a personal journey of discovery with fearless curiosity and insightful, honest, light-hearted feminism, daring to ask: Why do I need my parents’ permission to marry? Why don’t men wear engagement rings? Can bachelorette parties hit up the strip clubs without being creepy? Why can’t the groom change his last name too? With frank honesty and cheeky insights into wedding traditions’ origins (like how the wedding cake is one sexy pour-some-sugar-on-me fertility talisman), Majkut uncovers eye-opening truths about how social traditions impact women’s lives and relationships, and how their walks down the aisle influence everything—from marriage equality to the wage gap to their reproductive rights.
This book moves well beyond traditional how-to wedding books. Majkut explores alternatives and offers real-world solutions to outdated wedding traditions through the lens of her own disastrous misfortunes. The Adventures and Discoveries of a Feminist Bride is an invigorating and heartening read inspiring a new generation of fiancés to rewrite not just their vows, but whole wedding traditions. Because the perfect wedding includes an ever-evolving “perfect” balance of equality. The Adventures and Discoveries of a Feminist Bride is a cathartic read for fiancés who want to understand they are not to blame for their wedding woes—it’s wedding traditions’ inherent sexism. For any Freakonomics lovers out there, Majkut takes a savvy look at behavioral economics, statistics, social psychology, and linguistics to understand all this mess, meanwhile baring her soul (and most personal stories).
“I laughed, I learned and I’ll never look at a wedding cake in the same way again… marvelous." - Aleisha McCormack, Founder of the Bridechilla Podcast (#1 wedding planning podcast)
“The book uses humor and tough love to illuminate the sexist history behind most wedding
traditions. . . a blend of research and the author's own hilarious mishaps . . . paves a new path
for feminist brides….” – Laura Willcox, comedian and author of I Am Bride: How to take the “we” out of wedding
“The book…launches a critical inquiry into the traditions surrounding nuptials. . . a magnificent
addition to the women, gender and sexuality studies syllabus as well as to the bona fide feminist
wedding registry.” – Chiseche Salome Mibenge, PhD, human rights educator, Stanford University’s Haas
Center for Public Service
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11 shop reviews5 out of 5 stars
This book made me feel so validated in how I was feeling approaching my wedding! With the right combo of witty humor, stories, and factual history, it also made a great conversation starter for my soon to be husband and I when tackling potentially problematic traditions.
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