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Since my own family was a mess, I got my ideas about what marriage was like from The Flintstones and any number of movies and sitcoms. One familiar trope was the “forgotten anniversary,” and how fatally unforgivable such a memory lapse was supposed to be.
The more glossy magazines and romcoms and The Bachelor and envy-inducing Facebook updates we consume, the more susceptible we are to fits of faux outrage on the domestic front.
“He didn’t surprise me with a trip to This Year’s Trendy Destination.” “I can’t believe he didn’t plan anything romantic for Valentine’s Day/New Year’s Eve/Kwanzaa.”
Women only “want” overpriced engagement photoshoots or dozens of roses or those frankly charmless Pandora “charm” bracelets because they think they’re supposed to. Oprah gave them away for Christmas or something…