- And The Winner Is...
If men think with their penises, then it must be said that women think with their diamond. And hasn't the stereotype been embraced fully? So many wedding shows, so many magazines, so many expos. I swear, put a ring on a girl's left hand and she becomes Pavlov's dog, salivating at the thought of gossamer floating dresses, engraved champagne flutes, and bubbles versus sparklers. It's been seven years since I had betrothal on the brain, but I still remember how shamelessly I traded my Women's Studies textbook for back issues of Martha Stewart Weddings. We ladies have been well trained for this phase of life, to imagine that it must. Be. Perfect. At. All. Costs.
So, if one of those costs is spending a week with seven strangers and no outside contact in order to make that dream a reality, then maybe it's not so demeaning. And maybe it was a lighthearted, fun experience? Maybe bonds were formed among those brides-to-be and it was really like a giant slumber party. Jessie MacPherson, THE Bridal Survivor, described the overall experience as:
"One of the craziest things I've ever done...I walked into the contest thinking I was the athletic, tomboyish, fun-loving competitor and nothing would get to me. I have to admit, one night after a surprise Bridal Council-where we voted out a girl each time-I cried into my pillow for 30 minutes because I was so upset about having to say goodbye to another incredibly deserving bride-to-be. I don't cry, but then again, I guess I do."
Discussing the contest with Jessie makes me feel sheepish for assuming these ladies were anything like the contestants of Beauty and the Geek.MacPherson's opinion: "I'm just happily overwhelmed and ready to be married to the man of my dreams."
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