marriage traditions

Salad Days for the Mail-Order Bride Business

Long ago on Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and I discussed whether mail-order brides still exist. The short answer is yes, services matching men with international women (often from Eastern Europe) certainly still exist. And according to a recent BusinessWeek story, the mail-order bride business has benefited from the recession.

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."