Topic: Prince William and Kate

Asking Your Dad’s Permission to Marry You Isn’t Romantic, It’s Sexist

Asking Your Dad's Permission to Marry You Isn't Romantic, It's Sexist

The biggest story of the day is, of course, the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Every detail of the story – from the ring to the proposal – has been dissected in the press. One of those details is the fact that William asked Kate’s father for permission to marry his daughter. (To be fair, he asked Kate first, but still.) Many people consider this an incredibly romantic act, but I disagree. I find it old-fashioned at best and sexist at worst. More »