|French Elle, Janvier 18, 2013.|
This week’s French Elle features a cover with two pretty, fresh-faced models — one blonde, the other brunette, both wearing white. One has a crown of flowers in her hair, the two have their arms gently wrapped around each other and are looking both demure and provocative.
The bold headline in red with an exclamation point says: Mariage pour toutes!
The issue has pages of dresses, makeup ideas and wedding rings which we understand are there for every woman. Also inside is an article about love between two women (or girls actually if one translates the headline word for word), Comment S’Aiment Les Filles? The piece poses the question, “what are the dreams of young lesbians, fidelity, marriage. . .” and more.
|One of the photographs accompanying the article.|
On Sunday, January 13, hundreds of thousands of families and individuals marched in the streets of Paris against gay marriage. The government estimated the sea of humanity numbered approximately 350,000-ish, the organizers said it was more like one million. Most demonstrators of all ages claimed, news reports told us, that perhaps the majority were not against “legal unions” with all the rights under law that marriage provides, but fiercely believed that the concept of marriage was between a man and a woman and thus heterosexual couples own the word.
Marriage, they were saying is the institution in which children have a mother and a father. The word itself, mariage, they maintained, has only one definition.
As I said in the headline, I’m reporting the facts as I know them. What fascinated me was Elle, but then again it has always been a magazine that likes controversy and supports feminism no matter how a woman defines the concept.
Personally, I try to avoid controversy whenever possible. You’re probably wondering then, “why did she write this post?” Because it’s news, because it’s part of today’s society and culture no matter where one stands on the subject.