Blogging sensation Emily Hartridge – the online presenter who gained global notoriety thanks to the success of her 10 Reasons Why video series – has posted her latest installment imparting wisdom to men and women everywhere.
The newest video blog – entitled 10 reasons why you should never get married – follows on from an earlier post, where Emily pontificated in in 10 reasons why we really should aim to marry (regular sex, the fact that married women don’t need to work as much as before, and the fact that you won’t die alone).
Thanks to her frank and upfront style, Emily’s previous posts, on Huffington Post and YouTube, have attracted over 1,340,000 visitors, with topics like Why Women Love Bad Boys and Why Women Watch Porn proving to be provocative talking points for her fans.
This week though, it is all about why marriage is a bad idea.
‘People don’t expect me to be positive – so I’m back being myself with a negative spin on something,’ she says.
Emily launches the debate with the reason that no one likes being told what to do. ‘When you get married, you have free reign to boss the s*** out of your partner,’ she complains.
TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T GET MARRIED
1) Getting married gives your partner free reign to boss you about
2) Getting married because you’re ‘at that age’ is b*******
3) Marriage won’t complete you as a person
4) You’ll only be with one person for the rest of your life
5) Marriage means endless cleaning up after a man
6) Married couples are more unhappy and dissatisfied sexually
7) You have to change the sheets every other week
9) You have to be more caring and sharing
10) You have to share the bed
Secondly, she complains that too many people get married because they feel like they are ‘at that age’ .
‘There’s no age limit to marriage,’ she says. ‘And you don’t need to feel left out.’
She points out with her trademark candour that being with the same person for the rest of your life scares the s*** out of her – and remarks that yes, that is usually something people expect those with a penis to say – but that people with vaginas can feel that way too.
In number five, Emily acts out the dread common to all emancipated women: the cliched notion that marriage simply means a lifetime of cleaning up after a Neanderthal bloke.
Sex is an issue too. While it was reported on the internet that married couples have sex 96 times a year compared with the paltry 46 times that singletons are said to have sex, Emily discoverd that the ‘study’ showed that nonetheless, married couples were unhappier and less satisfied sexually.
Having to be more sharing and caring is an issue for Emily – ‘I’m not a sharer in anything, besides toothpaste and toilet paper’, as is divorce, and having to change your sheets every other week (is that how often I’m supposed to change them anyway? she asks).
Ultimately, Emily paints a pretty convincing case against getting wed. Until the end, that is.
‘In your face. No one single wants to get married, no one single wants to get married, no one single wants to get married… I think I’m lying a little bit.’