Brides in Stockholm who want their fathers to walk them down the aisle are likely to be told it can't be done, as some pastors are refusing to allow the practice they say is sexist, a pastor said in late September.
"In Sweden we have worked hard in many different ways to eliminate everything that is unequal," said Yvonne Hallin, a Lutheran Church vicar in the Stockholm region.
She said she would not allow the custom in her parish and noted that Stockholm's bishop issued a recommendation in 2003 that pastors discourage it.
Couples who marry "are equal when it comes to finances, politics, values ... but when they come to the church ... the woman suddenly turns into a man's property," she said.
Hallin said she has informed a father who was to walk his daughter down the aisle on Sep. 22 that he would not be doing so.
The news rubbed the mother of the bride the wrong way, who said that the ceremony would go ahead as planned but that the couple had had to give in to the pastor's wishes.
"In this case it wasn't the couple who became angry but the parents," Hallin said, adding that most people "don't find it strange."
She noted that the custom of fathers walking their daughters down the aisle "is not a Swedish tradition. It has been imported from American and British films."
But even in America and Britain, many brides do not have their fathers accompany them while walking down the aisle. Some choose to walk alone as a sign of their independence.
(STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)
1. aisle n.
走道 (zou3 dao4)
例: Please keep the aisle clear.
2. sexist adj.
性別歧視的 (xing4 bie2 qi2 shi4 de5)
例: His comments were sexist and will not stand.
3. parish n.
教區 (jiao4 qu1)
例: Suzie is friends with many people in her parish.
4. import v.i./v.t.
進口 (jin4 kou3)
例: What is it that you're trying to import?
rub sb the wrong way 惹惱某人
If you rub people the wrong way then you do something that makes them angry or irritated. For example, "The lawyer's comments really rubbed the crowd the wrong way; I thought things were going to turn violent."
People who are irritated by something might say that something is getting on their nerves. For example, "Huey kept making sexist comments. After a while, he was really getting on my sister's nerves."
如果你「rub people the wrong way 」，表示你做令他們生氣或是惱怒的事情。例如：「那位律師的評論真的惹惱了群眾；我覺得事情會轉趨暴力激烈」。
如果有人因為某事而感到惱怒，他們可能會說「something is getting on their nerves」。例如：「休易一直發表性別歧視的言論。不久之後，他真的惹毛了我姐姐」。
Sherry: I went to my best friend's wedding over the weekend.
Rory: That must have been fun. Did you get to see a lot of your old friends?
Sherry: Yes, and I found out that most of my school friends aren't married yet.
Rory: There must have been a crowd trying to catch the bouquet.
Sherry: There sure was. I was a bit down in the dumps after I missed out on a chance to grab it.
down in the dumps 心情糟透了
People who are down in the dumps are really upset about something. For example, "James was really down in the dumps about losing his cell phone until his wife went and got him a new one."
如果一個人「down in the dumps」，表示他們因為某事而心情糟透了。例如：「詹姆士因為遺失手機，心情糟透了，直到他老婆買了一支新的給他心情才好轉」。
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