Hopefully you all saw my post on Magic Mike Live, what I consider to be the ultimate feminist bachelorette party experience of all time. If not, get thee over there and read it, pronto.
But for those who can’t afford Vegas or who want to avoid travel all together (there is ZERO reason bachelorette parties need to cost an arm and a leg), I wanted to put together a round-up of some other ideas to consider, for those feminists in your life who are getting married and still want to celebrate, but sans penis straws.
The most important part is that the celebration celebrate the person themselves. Ask what they want (and more importantly, don’t want) and tailor it to THEM
Rent Magic Mike XXL, have a slumber party and drink boat loads of champagne. If you can’t go to Vegas, bring Magic Mike to you
Speaking of movie rentals, a Wonder Woman themed bachelorette would also be effing amazing. Costumes optional.
Head to a karaoke bar - or organize your own lip sync battle
For those who aren’t night owls and don’t want a party atmosphere, spa it up, followed by brunch, boozy or not
Co-ed party - Baby showers are going co-ed (I had one) and so should bachelor/bachelorette parties
Wine tasting at a local winery. But hire transport - safety first
Organize an afternoon of volunteering for your favorite local organization - or use the party as an opportunity to raise money and donate to Planned Parenthood or other worthy, feminist causes
A couple of other suggestions:
Don’t call it a “last hurrah” or other awful references to marriage being the end of fun or independence or freedom. Marriage is neither the beginning nor the end - it’s a moment to celebrate. Period.
I generally recommend staying away from gay bars and drag shows as a straight, cisgendered woman. As Skylar Baker-Jordan wrote, “true allies understand that they are not entitled to a marginalized group’s space or time or companionship.” But if you are cisgendered and want to go, please keep these tips in mind (more details here):
As Miz Cracker wrote in Slate, gay bars “provide a haven from the heterosexual gaze. In small towns and big cities alike, these spaces allow queers to talk, flirt, and unwind without drawing sneers, slurs, curious stares, or even unwanted support—My son is gay, too!” So if you’re determined to go, just remember to be respectful that you’re entering someone’s safe space and the LGBTQ community do not exist to entertain you.
Help offset the decline of queer spaces by putting your money where your mouth is and tip well.
If you meet someone new, use gender neutral terms unless they’ve told you how they identify
Don’t act like a tourist. Don’t gawk and always ask permission before taking a photo of someone
Don't get up on a stage uninvited
Don't expect the music to have been selected for you