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Thank You Lady Blogs. Thanks.

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

You’re going to be seeing this everywhere, so you might as well see it here early on. This is the interwebs add for the new book about Kirtsy, Kirtsy Takes A Bow. And while I haven’t seen the book yet, this ad says exactly what I feel about what we’re doing here. Because I get to say things here that I would have a hard time pitching to an editor, out of the blue. You want to talk about what? Smart women getting married? The way that we struggle to find meaning and equality in a wedding culture that’s saturated with what we *should* do? How straight marriages can be part of the fight for marriage equality? What marriage really is, and what it means, and what we’re scared of, and how we build a life that’s different from the life society tells us is going to make us *so happy*? Yeah. I don’t think there is a market for that.

So thanks blogosphere, and thanks to all of us. For gathering, for talking, for sassing, for braving, for fighting, for struggling, for finding, for telling our stories.

And just so you know? That screen shot up there? That’s from the very first blog I ever read in the whole wide world. The blog that made me want to be a blogger… one day. I remember when that post went live. It was 2004ish. So thanks Andrea. Thank you.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Hannah

    Thank YOU!!

  • Sarah

    this is kind of random, but since the topic here lately has been on all the weird unseen emotions that often go along with marriage, i thought i would put it out there. cuz i kind of need to.

    yesterday i was at the doctor (read: yearly woman's check-up), and they were telling me that i should really get the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) because it's only approved for ages 19-26, and i'm 25. also b/c i did have an emergence of HPV a few years ago, and i had to have surgery as a result of it (*note that HPV is something *anyone* can get from having protected or unprotected sex).. some people just are more sensitive to it than others. anyway, they were kind of like, if you weren't getting married this year, i would DEFINITELY say you should get it. but even still, you should get it anyway, "because you never know…"

    the key take-away meaning from this is that the only way that i could get another strand of HPV again is either if i cheated on my fiance, or if my fiance cheated on me. in the midst of engagement and wedding planning, and all the happy thoughts you're supposed to have about spending a life together, i can't say that the little voice in the back of your head never ever pops up, saying things like, what if you grow apart? what if he cheats on you? and here it was, coming right at me from the face of a well-meaning doctor. after some internal deliberation, i got the vaccine… and promptly ran out to my car and cried. because even though i know they meant well, and it's just supposed to be a preventative measure, basically i'm covering my ass in case my fiance decides to sleep with someone else. so that i won't have to get surgery again because of that. it all seemed very depressed and very unfair to be a woman at that moment in time.

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