LETTERS TO THE EDI­TOR

Elle (Canada) - - Story Board - KATE AN­DREWS, TORONTO

As I was read­ing “Retro Ro­mance Re­vival” [ELLE Re­la­tion­ship, April 2014], my ini­tial sur­prise at the dated ad­vice grew into shock and then dis­be­lief. When the end came and the writer still hadn’t said “April Fool’s,” I was just in­sulted. The en­tire ar­ti­cle is based on the ab­surd as­sump­tion that the ul­ti­mate goal of a mod­ern-day woman is mar­riage. It re­peat­edly pushes the ar­chaic idea that mar­riage is the all­ful­fill­ing so­lu­tion to my life’s in­se­cu­ri­ties. If the in­sti­tu­tion of mar­riage is some­thing I don’t want or haven’t yet con­sid­ered at this stage of my life (univer­sity, as it hap­pens—ap­par­ently I should “find a hus­band on cam­pus be­fore [I] grad­u­ate”... oops), then I must be liv­ing a sub­stan­dard qual­ity of life.

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