It is an interesting process to watch a societal--dare we say, a moral--problem move from hushed taboo to grudging acceptance to full acceptance and finally to celebrated occurrence. We've watched it with homosexuality as we have, um, 'progressed' to 'gay pride' parades, et al. Divorcees are jumping on the bandwagon with divorce parties:
With nearly half of all marriages ending before 'til death do us part, divorce has gone from a private shame to a peculiar rite of passage.
Even in the Muslim world, where divorce is still a disgrace, divorce parties offer a way for women to redeem themselves.
In Morocco, single men are invited to the party and they bring the woman perfume, money, even camels. The party lasts for three days or as long as it takes for the woman to find a new companion.
America may not have the camels, but we do have businesses that are cashing in on the breakup party circuit. Plumparty.com sells all the fixings for a great bash. Theytookeverything.com offers a divorce gift registry. And, thousands of copies of "How to Throw a Divorce or Breakup Party" have been sold.
Available at your local bookstore.