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US society, divorce, social phenomenon, social trend

US society, divorce, social phenomenon, social trend

Speed dating, baby showers, and now divorce parties are the latest US phenomenon to invade our shores...   

The first divorce parties
It all started out when freshly-divorced American women began organizing bashes with their girlfriends to help them get through the wait for their divorce papers. On the agenda: cocktails a-plenty to drown their sorrows, cutting up the ex's shirts, girly films (Thelma and Louise, Private Benjamin, The War of the Roses, Bridget Jones), suitable soundtrack (think I Will Survive) and even voodoo using an effigy of the woman's ex-husband...These gatherings gained a slightly unglamorous reputation as parties where women let out all their emotions, ended up blind drunk and in tears.    

A positive step for new singletons
Event organizers have been quick to get in on the idea and to bring a touch of glamour to divorce parties. Forget negative thoughts of revenge: the idea is to help the divorcee get her life back together again. From the invites to hiring the hottest nightspots, strippers and organizing a gift list, professional planners can take care of everything. New Yorker Tina, 28, threw a divorce party with 50 of her close friends and family in a chic restaurant in Manhattan. "I shouldn't really say so, but I enjoyed my divorce party far more than my wedding day," she says.


Sarah Horrocks
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