Is the divorce list the new wedding list?

Does anyone remember that episode of Sex and the City, A Woman’s Right to Shoes? Carrie and Stanford are invited to their friend Kyra’s house for a baby shower, for which they are both required to purchase a gift from ‘the baby shower list’ to take with them. Upon arrival at the shower all guests are asked to remove their shoes and so Carrie unhappily leaves her Manolos only to find they are lost when she returns to the shoe heap. When she finally gets offered financial compensation, she’s told $485 is irresponsible waste, so she gets $200. Carrie tries to smooth things over with Kyra, but it seems that the two won’t be able to come to an agreement. Carrie then gets a brainstorm… since she’s always come through whenever Kyra has registered at a store, then maybe it’s time for Carrie to turn the tables. Ms. Bradshaw registers herself at Manolo Blahnik, in recognition of her just-announced marriage to herself. The only item that she registers for is a single pair of the missing $485 shoes, and Kyra finally comes around and replaces the missing Manolos.

It sounds like a very long winded way of reaching the point, but nevertheless is a good illustration of how lists seem to be taking over the world. Well if Carrie was feeling distinctly underwhelmed by the amount of gifts singletons received then we wonder if she would be happy to discover the latest development of divorce lists.

After all, with divorce parties becoming weekly social events and divorce lawyers selling vouchers to be given as gifts the divorce list seems like the next natural development.

Debenhams divorce list is the latest service to be launched for the newly separated and is there to encourage separated couples to ask their friends to pay for much needed household items suited to their newly single life.
Divorce means that one partner is going to have to up and leave their marital home, leaving them with very little little possessions and with limited memory’s so this is a great opportunity to build back up few of the basics, ready for a new start.

It all sounds like a very sensible and reasonable idea but there is something about getting presents for getting divorced that doesn’t seem quite right. We’ll let you make up your own mind.

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Written by Emma Hilton

Written by Emma Hilton

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