Why it’s okay to be annoyed by Gwyneth’s ‘conscious uncoupling’

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Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Photo courtesy Andrea Raffin via Wikimedia Commons.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Photo courtesy Andrea Raffin via Wikimedia Commons.

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The reaction to Gwyneth Paltrow's 'conscious uncoupling' is more than just another case of busting on the clueless celebrity. It is, rather, an outcry against a form of naming that just feels false.

  • dad

    “Conscious uncoupling?” That’s right up there with collateral damage and besonderhandlung.

  • Tim

    By using the word uncoupling instead of divorce, I think both marriage and divorce are done a disservice. If divorce is merely uncoupling then marriage is merely coupling. I’m not sure my wife would appreciate hearing it put that way, and it’s certainly not how I’d put it in any of the weddings I’ve performed!


  • dad

    “Do you, _____________, like,choose to consciously couple with ____________,until such time, like, that like one or both of you might choose to, like, consciously uncouple..?”

    Dude, of course you could also get like unconsciously uncoupled if one of you like dies or whatever…

  • Rachel Marie Stone

    hahahahaha! “unconsciously uncoupled if one of you, like dies or whatever”

  • Rachel Marie Stone

    You know, that is an excellent point. I guess my enthymeme in this post is that marriage IS so much more than “coupling.” It would have helped to make that an explicit thesis. Thanks, Your Honor. 😉

  • dad

    What then becomes of engagement? Does it dissolve into “contemplation of coupling?” And when will Hallmark come up with a line of coupling cards?

    That sort of sounds like something a railway worker might have to turn in at the end of the day, to keep a record of what went on out in the yard– “Hey Lou, don’t forget to hand in ya couplin’ card..!”


    A solemn ritual as old as the race, universally regarded as the basic building block of human society, now redefined in terms more appropriate for Lego bricks. Once again the collective wisdom of the grey heads is set aside for the spontaneous froth of the empty ones.

    Gotta love the cult of celebrity.

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