Brides gone wild

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BULLETIN -

be­fore she walks down the aisle – the epit­ome of pu­rity, draped in pris­tine lace and chif­fon – the mod­ern bride gets up to a dif­fer­ent rit­ual al­to­gether: of tiny skirts, tow­er­ing heels, lewd drink­ing games, bare-butt but­lers, male strip­pers and pe­nis-shaped ev­ery­thing. The hys­te­ria of the bach­e­lorette party is easy to take for granted, but pho­tog­ra­pher Dina Litovsky, who lives in New York but hails from the Ukraine, took an an­thro­po­log­i­cal look at the fa­mil­iar revelry. ‘The fact that I am an im­mi­grant makes me look at this rit­ual as an out­sider,’ she says. From this per­spec­tive, the event can look truly weird; you can al­most hear David At­ten­bor­ough’s voice in per­plexed nar­ra­tion: ‘The adult fe­male, shriek­ing, then im­bibes liquor cooled by phal­lic ice blocks, in what is pre­sum­ably a fer­til­ity rit­ual…’. While send­ing off the bride is an an­cient tra­di­tion, the kinky spin is fairly re­cent – a con­scious riff on the groom’s equiv­a­lent (and in some ways a state­ment of gen­der par­ity: re­cip­ro­cat­ing the po­ten­tially of­fen­sive no­tion of ‘one last night of free­dom’.) ‘The es­sen­tial of the bach­e­lorette party is to get “wild”,’ says Litovsky. ‘Some may feel very com­fort­able with a pri­vate strip­per, while for oth­ers hav­ing a penis­shaped cake is the ul­ti­mate limit.’

Any­thing the boys can do…

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