Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wedding Thoughts

Why is it that in so many wedding jokes, the bride is roping an unsuspecting, and often unwilling, groom into a life of ... well, as my grade 8 teacher described this bad word, "h - e - double hockey sticks" (imagine the shape of a hockey stick, and you should figure out what that spells).

When I recently did a post on weddings jokes, I sifted through tons of these stereotypical jokes. I tried to mostly stay away from these jokes, because I don't think it's appropriate (even if I did laugh at some of those jokes). I wanted to post jokes that were genuinely funny, not funny at the expense of perpetuating stereotypes that I see as inappropriate. And there were funny jokes that were not at the expense of a stereotype.

Does the groom (who still traditionally proposes) not her to marry him?
Does the groom not indicate his intent and take his vows on his wedding day?

I know they are just jokes, but many jokes have a basis in some people's realities or attitudes. And I don't want to further those attitudes.

That is why I ended the post with a quote from a man who had been married: "Marriage is a lot like the army: everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number that re-enlist." James Garner

2 comments:

Guilty Secret said...

That's funny "h - e - double hockey sticks" !

Interesting post. I wonder if there will be any such jokes at our wedding. I'll get back to you!

Krista said...

I'm sure a joke or two will be told ... in good fun, of course!