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The Bridget Jones Effect

According to a new survey, British girls hope to tie the knot by age 26 – a drop of five years from a decade ago – because they are afraid of ending up like Bridget Jones. The editor of More magazine, who quizzed women for the survey, says ‘They don’t want to fall into the Bridget Jones syndrome and view their future through an empty wine glass. They want to marry and have their first child while their complexions are still youthful rather than Botoxed.’

Bridget was a fictional character…and if she were real, I would hardly call having to choose between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant desperate! But seriously, I can’t believe that, in this day and age, whatever women may accomplish in life, they are still defined by whether they have managed to walk down an aisle in a white dress and/or give birth.

Some people marry young for life, some get divorced, others find their soul mates later in life, and others choose to remain single. There is no ‘right’ way to live life, and I wish we could put the ‘sad, thirty-something singleton’ to rest once and for all. In fact, I think the phrase ‘left on the shelf’ is totally ridiculous – I’m not a dusty statue!

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One thought on “The Bridget Jones Effect

  1. neelanjona debnath says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I am still trying to understand why there is such an anxiety to race down the aisle.

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