I just want to take a second and share my thoughts on wedding showers. Up until recently I have been living under the (probably misguided) assumption that men were exempt from having to attend such things. The other day I received an invitation to something called a "couple's shower". Living in semi-isolation, I have been blissfully unaware of the rise in popularity of these events. I was always under the impression that women, for the most part, didn't want us at these things. For one, they surely know that we'll be miserable and antsy the entire time, especially in the case of the one I was invited to, which coincides with the second week of football season. I was perfectly willing to forgive the repellant reliance on materialism that showers promote if I was left out of the whole mess. Now that I've been dragged into it, I must voice my objections.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the whole point of a shower is to "shower" the bride and groom with more gifts. If the obligation to buy crap that will one day be in a garage sale didn't exist, then it's just a party to celebrate the impending marriage and I would be down with that (even though I think the wedding itself is enough). Some brides have multiple showers. I understand that its intent is to provide the bride and groom with things for their new home and life together, but in many cases these couples have been living together for a while and already have nice things. It seems out of whack for me to buy a couple a fancy set of ice cream dishes when I'm still eating cereal out of used Cool Whip containers. I'm happy to give them a wedding gift, but as for all this other obligatory gift-giving, I'm putting my foot down. I urge my fellow males (and any females who think showers are lame - there must be a few) to join me in this struggle.