A Practical Wedding

When did weddings become so impractical, costing more than $26,000 on average? Meg Keene, A Practical Wedding Founder and author of the new "A Practical Wedding Planner" shares her insights and advice what an affordable, feminist wedding looks like and how to pull it off gracefully.

17 Feminist Wedding Cake Toppers

One of the most sexist aspects of modern weddings just might be...the cake toppers? Sure, there are the standard bride and groom (or bride and bride, or groom and groom) standing next to each other in a neutral pose. But when you start sifting through the more novelty options, they quickly turn old school sexist. So many grooms hoisting brides above their heads like prizes and grooms-as-superheroes standing next to damsels-no-longer-in-distress brides! And then there are the awful ball and chain-themed ones, the bride gone fishing for a husband ones, and even the nagging bride dragging her (possibly drunk?) groom away from Call of Duty. So what about novelty "feminist" cake topper options? Though it admittedly took some digging, there are some out there that depict brides as more than shrewish housewives-to-be and sex objects. Because there's no sense in ruining perfectly good cake!

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Lavinia Warren: American's Most Famous 19th Century Bride

When Caroline and I discussed women in freak shows recently on Stuff Mom Never Told You, we left out one of the most notable personalities: Lavinia Warren. We mentioned her husband, Tom Thumb, the little person made famous by PT Barnum, but we failed to discuss Lavinia and their marriage, which captivated the American public.

Japan's Legal Battle for Maiden Names

A Valentine's Day lawsuit filed in Japan challenges an 1898 civil law maintaining that women have to give up their maiden names when they wed. Four married Japanese women and one of their husband's brought the lawsuit, which the Sydney Morning Herald (via Jezebel) described as a "test for the rights of women, who continue to struggle against gender stereotypes and remain under-represented in politics and corporate boardrooms."