Trophy Husbands and Power Couples

Feminism, Quick Read

I dislike nothing more than when someone is introduced as “The Wife of [put the name of super influential, rich man here].” Imagine Hillary Clinton being introduced at a large event as “Former President Bill Clinton’s wife.” Feel free to mention that they are married, but her reigning achievement was not marrying him.

This leads me to the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood who is now [surprisingly] off the market and who now has a new moniker, “trophy husband.” Perhaps the funniest joke made by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes was at his expense:

“George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight . . . her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”

George Clooney has obviously done great things in his career, including activism, but it is refreshing to see people recognize Amal for her work, not just being the woman who married George Clooney. You don’t become a “power couple” when only half of the couple is successful.

Speaking of trophy husbands, we can even talk about the recent marriage of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley. Shortly after the marriage, NY Magazine cleverly headlined an article about his marriage saying “Former Robotics CEO Marries Trophy Boyfriend Joseph Gordon-Levitt.” Granted they didn’t name Tasha, but I can appreciate their humor and their jab at society always putting Hollywood celebrities on pedestals.

Here’s to the rise of the power couple and challenging social norms! Let’s celebrate every person for their achievements, not just who they married.

One last thing, can the next POTUS be female, please? I have many reasons why I request this, but one of them is being that if she is married, I can end the life-long question of what you would call her husband. FMOTUS (First Man of the US)? FGOTUS (First Gentleman of the US)? Or even FLOTUS (First Lord of the US)? It is 2015 and I still don’t know the answer.


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