The Great Debate UK

Royal wedding feelgood factor overrides feminist impulses

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Sarah Gristwood is one of the authors of The Ring and the Crown: A History of Royal Weddings 1066-2011 (Hutchison) by Alison Weir, Kate Williams, Sarah Gristwood and Tracy Borman. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host a follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

More than a hundred years ago the great Victorian Walter Bagehot claimed that the women of Britain cared more about the marriage of a Prince of Wales than they did about a ministry.

Looking at the frenzied curiosity regarding the April 29, 2011, wedding date of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton, there’s not much doubt that his lament still rings true. One question, of course, is whether it is only the women – and why the advent of feminism hasn’t damped our hunger to any real degree.

Another is to what degree our interest has been consciously fostered, by a monarchy anxious to ensure it is still welcome in the 21st century.  But the third and largest must be whether there’s anything new under the sun, in the world of royal wedding festivities.

Since he’s been gone

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USA

Susan Lapinski of New York City is an award-winning journalist who co-authored the book “In a Family Way” with her late husband, Michael deCourcy Hinds. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host a follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

There are more than 13 million widows in the United States of America, and sadly, I am one of them. I miss Michael, the six-foot-five-inch leprechaun I married, for a million reasons–maybe most of all because he made me laugh every day we were together.

Stories are powerful things

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Anna Perera is the author of The Glass Collector and Guantanamo Boy. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host a follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

The more we read stories about other cultures, the more we find places of balance in our own lives. My new young-adult novel, The Glass Collector, is a contemporary tale about a Zabbaleen teenage boy who struggles to survive amongst the trash heaps of Cairo in Egypt.

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