Hitched: What Does It Mean To Be A Wife?

In this week’s “Hitched” column for The Frisky, I wonder on the question, “What does it mean to be a wife?” For me, the term “wife” isn’t a necessarily positive one. And yet here I am on a one-way track to wifedom. Part of the problem is that I don’t ever intend to become a mother.

The word itself doesn’t have immediately positive connotations for me. You say “wife,” and what I imagine is a long-suffering Alice Kramden or permanently put-upon June Cleaver. A string of women in skirt-suits standing stoically next to their husbands during embarrassing adultery-related press conferences. I think of bland casseroles in the oven. I think of screaming kids in the yard. Picket fences and that kind of shit.

Read the rest here.

About andrea grimes

Andrea is a journalist living in Austin, TX. She has a master's degree in anthropology and did her thesis work on gender and stand-up comedy. Seriously. Also, she has a bunch of cats. Three of them. Is three a bunch? Discuss.
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One Response to Hitched: What Does It Mean To Be A Wife?

  1. SuperBonBon says:

    As a feminist figuring out the whole marriage thing, you might be interested in this project:
    http://idiverge.wordpress.com/the-marriage-project/

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