This Week in Pop Culture: The Royal Wedding and “It Gets Better”

By Kristen Magers

I could not call this blog a pop culture blog if I didn’t talk about the biggest thing in pop culture lately: the royal wedding! I was accidentally awake at 4 a.m. Friday, so I watched most of the royal wedding and continued to watch coverage most of the day. I was enamored with Kate’s dress and maybe even more so with Prince Harry (all I can say is wowza). But is Kate Middleton a new royal feminist?

I think she might be. Kate already has her work cut out for her, as the comparisons to Princess Diana will never end. However, I think Kate is already holding her own within the royal family. Her radical decision to wear her hair down, instead of up, made headlines. Why shouldn’t she wear her hair up? Her hair is gorgeous! Kate also refused to vow to “obey” Prince William. Again, why shouldn’t she refuse to say that? I hope the royal family is ready for this new wave of royalty, and I hope Kate Middleton continues to be a royal feminist!

Shifting gears, I have something else that I have to talk about this week. Last night I was watching Glee (I know, I know. That’s another whole blog) and a commercial came on. The commercial, put on by Google Chrome, was a montage of videos from the “It Gets Better” campaign started by Dan Savage to reach out to LGBT youth and teens affected by bullying. The commercial almost had me in tears. I especially loved the little old men talking about how life gets better and I even went to YouTube to watch their video. Even if you are not non-heterosexual, you can be touched by these videos. I’m also including my favorite “It Gets Better” video, by famous gender theorist Kate Bornstein. What fabulous people! Keeping this week’s blog short so that you have time to watch all of these videos! Have tissues ready!


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