I’ve been unusually mum about the whole Marry Him drama. There’s one main reason for this. I haven’t read the damn book, yet. I’ve been insanely busy lately and truthfully, if I were going to make time to read (which sadly I haven’t had time to do in weeks) I would read something for pleasure.
I did write about the original article in the Atlantic, but of course I can’t find that (sorry, still sorting things out from the move).
Here are some well written opinions on both sides of the debate.
Please note that I put the word ‘debate’ in italics. That’s because I find it somewhat ridiculous. She, or rather, her publishers chose a title that was sure to be controversial. To sell books. To sell lots and lots of books. But I keep hearing, “it’s not about settling, it’s about realizing what’s important and finding true love”.
OK. That may very well be. Like I said, I haven’t read the book. I have no opinion about what it’s really about. But the title is the title. That’s a pretty strong message slapped across the front of the book.
Regardless of the title, or even what’s inside, I’ve been kind of horrified watching this turn into yet another brawl about how feminism has ruined women’s lives. It’s disheartening. It’s like we have to keep having this conversation, over and over. Because clearly there’s something wrong with well-educated, independent (EXCEPT THAT THERE’S NOT!!).
Anyway, that’s my half-assed thought. I titled this post The Power of Language because I think that some of this nonsense boils down to people forgetting just how powerful language is. Or, maybe, just not caring about the power of words.
I’ve put a little Amazon link over their on the left for those of you interested in purchasing the book. Please don’t see this as an endorsement, just a tiny effort on my part to make a little extra money as I’ll get a commission off of anyone who uses that link to buy their copy. Yay money.
Tags: jezebel, settle