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The Groomal Shower: A Variation of the American Bridal Shower

Felix M. Berardo and Hernan Vera
Family Relations
Vol. 30, No. 3 (Jul., 1981), pp. 395-401
DOI: 10.2307/584034
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584034
Page Count: 7
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The Groomal Shower: A Variation of the American Bridal Shower
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Abstract

This article describes and analyzes an innovative variation of the traditional bridal shower, called the groomal shower. While retaining many ceremonial elements of the bridal shower, the groomal differs in several ways, most notably in that the honoree is a man. The implications of these differences through this new form of ritual are explored. The elements of initiation, ordeal, and reciprocity are examined to provide an understanding of the meaning of this activity for the participants. The groomal shower is a reflection of our changing attitudes toward marriage and another indication of the move toward greater equalitarianism. Viewed as a form of anti-ritualism, the groomal may be seen as representing a move toward greater ethical sensitivity in human relations.

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