There has been a petit kerfuffle going on in social media and the gutter press apparently about Prince William not wearing a wedding ring, the usual sort of bollocks: “Does it mean he is not totally committed to The Duchess Of Kate, is he playing away from home etc. (that one really is stupid, ring or no ring, you’d have to be extremely thick to be unaware that Prince William is married.
The noise has become so irritating however that Buck House has issued a statement on behalf of the Prince, explaining that “it is simply down to personal preference. It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn’t one for jewellery.”
Now the ideas that if women have to wear wedding rings men should too, and that men not wearing wedding rings is some kind of modern rejection of commitment are just two of the many stupid notions thrown up by the feminist movement. First, when I was married in 1974 it was not considered de rigeur for men to wear wedding rings, my Dad and uncles didn’t, my Grandads didn’t, no married men of my acquaintance did. It simply wasn’t deemed necessary in an era when few men wore jewellery, not necessarily effeminate, just superfluous. My wife’s father did not wear a ring, nor did her brother or brother in law. And I do not compel her to wear a ring, it’s her choice.
As for the idea that men choose not to wear wedding rings to facilitate extra marital relation, I can’t claim to have been a faithful husband (as the old joke goes I’ve had a few wives but only one I was married to,) but every woman I’ve ‘known’ during my 40 year marriage knew my status. And the fact that they were wearing rings didn’t stop them. Ah but the self righteous followers of the politically correct left have never understood human nature.
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