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Marie Claire‘s Terrible Advice for Women Stumped On Gay Weddings


In a bit of service journalism gone awry, Marie Claire suggests its lady readership who are unfamiliar with certain things insert editor-approved pearls of wisdom into conversation. In “How to Talk About Issues You Don’t Understand,” they’ve got tips on all things controversial, like abortion and gun control. Oh, and gay marriage.

Not sure what to say when confronted with homosexual marriage? The magazine advises you deliver this remark: “At the last gay wedding I attended, the grooms’ tuxes were brushed satin, the centerpieces were Cattleya orchids, the palate cleanser was yuzu sorbet, and the DJ was Samantha Ronson. How could something so right be wrong?”

Not only is this a line nobody would ever say ever in her life, we don’t even understand what this means.

On:           Jul 22, 2009
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    • galefan2004

      Its designed as a joke to break the ice on the topic and let them know that if they want to talk nothing more than stereotypes you can do so too.

      Jul 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HayYall

      Marie Claire: We try to think so you don’t have to!

      Jul 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ask ena

      That’s the kind of advice one deserves if they read Marie Claire, hello.

      Jul 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Santi

      It’s clear it’s rather tongue-in-cheek to me.

      Jul 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe

      It’s sort of funny….what’s there not to get?

      Jul 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Faberge L'Eggs

      What? That’s a no-brainer. It means, “How can something we find to be in good taste be morally wrong?” It’s a light, apolitical dig at homophobia, if anything else.

      Jul 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Celia

      Reciting entire quotes written by other people rarely sounds anything other than wooden. People would probably be embarrassed for me.

      Jul 22, 2009 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexandre

      if Queerty had posted this saying, “what a funny joke”, everyone would be responding saying how ignortant Queerty was and how this was homophobic

      Jul 22, 2009 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • drew brown

      It’s clever. It’s pro gay marriage, you whiners. “How could something so right…”

      Jul 22, 2009 at 7:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MTiffany

      “How to Talk About Issues You Don’t Understand?” And the advice Marie Claire gives is “fake it” rather than “a read a fucking book?” Score one for the dumb twat brigade.

      Jul 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason

      The women’s magazines lost the plot years ago. They’re beholden to the cosmetics and fashion industries for one thing. They also objectify women in a way that is much worse than what the straight men’s magazines do. If you look at the women’s magazines, it’s all about “you must be sexy”. Talk about sexist ojbectification!!!

      Sorry, girls, but you’re your own worst enemy.

      Jul 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Celia

      @drew brown: It still seems rather condescending to me, in a sort of “gay men are so stylish and fun to keep as pets!” kind of way. I’m sure they mean well, but would much rather see gay people treated as individual humans rather than fashion accessories and style icons.

      Besides, none of the people I know (gay or straight) would have the money for that kind of wedding. It does rather assume an image of gay men that’s a little hard for the real world to live up to. Then again, women’s magazines tend to assume their readers can afford much more than the women I know ever could, so I guess it’s more of the same.

      Jul 23, 2009 at 12:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Samantha Ronson? Seems she would depress everybody at the wedding, although if she and Lindsay Lohan got into a screaming match at least the guests would be entertained.

      Jul 23, 2009 at 11:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • razz

      it’s meant to be tongue in cheek, a light touch to an otherwise touchy topic for the masses…

      Jul 23, 2009 at 11:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ames

      There’s a fine line between making light of current news issues and trying to tell readers how they should think, what they should say, and if you believe contrary to what they say you’re wrong.

      Whether you agree on the issues or not, what they’ve done is disgraceful.

      Marie Claire…shame on you. This may very well have been the last time I buy that magazine.

      Jul 26, 2009 at 1:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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