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Going solo

Women across the globe are getting married — to themselves

By WITW Staff on December 25, 2016

Over the past few years, there has been a great proliferation of books and articles touting the importance of self-love. Some people, it seems, are taking that directive rather literally. According to a piece by Abigail Pesta for Cosmopolitan, women are hosting wedding ceremonies so they can make lifelong commitments … to themselves.

Self-marriage agencies, which help people plan their solo weddings, have been cropping up across the globe, from the United States to Japan. There is nothing legally binding about such ceremonies, and women who decide to take their own hand in marriage aren’t necessarily rejecting traditional family structures; in fact, many of the women interviewed for the Cosmopolitan piece said they hope to find a life partner in the future.

The self-marriage lot are, however, pushing back against the stigmatization of single women by proclaiming their independent lives as something worth celebrating. “Marrying yourself is a way to commit to your dreams,” said Sasha Cagen, a women’s empowerment coach who got married to herself three years ago. “It helps you go for the life you want if your life hasn’t fulfilled the storybook requirements.”

Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.



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