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Enslaved Bride

This is made using the Wilton Wonder Mold pan and associated teen doll pick. The veil is a bit of lace I had left over from goodie bags from my own wedding, folded into a fan and glued with hot glue. The decorations on the woman and the dress are made with Jem cutters and dusted with pearl dust. The chain was made by rolling out links with a lot of powdered sugar over them, linking them, and letting it dry in the sugar. Then I dusted the sugar off with a damp (not wet) brush, making the chain hard but flexible.

The cake was made for a women's activism group meeting. We were discussing how best to get out some truth about the group Promise Keepers, which advocates male domination in the household. Thus, this pretty little bride has a ball and chain keeping her tied down, and she carries a protest sign with the following quotation:

"Sit down with your wife and say something like this, 'Honey, I've made a terrible mistake...I gave up leading this family, and I forced you to take my place. Now I must reclaim that role.'...There can be no compromise here. If you're going to lead, you must lead...Treat the lady gently and lovingly. But lead!" -- Tony Evans, Prominent Promisekeeper

For the record, I'm not opposed to marriage. I'm happily married; it's just that my husband and I are equal partners in this relationship. Not only am I not opposed to marriage, but I strongly advocate for the right of homosexuals to marry as well. Also for the record, I did extensive personal research on Promise Keepers, including calling them and speaking to a very nice woman in their office. In the end I came to the conclusion that individuals in the group are often decent people who genuinely want to live a good, honest life and treat their spouses well. It seems, though, from the quotation above and others, that at least some of the leaders of this group are much more set on patriarchal domination. I have a problem with that, hence my participation in an effort to expose those leaders. I do not oppose the group or its meetings; they're free to speak and meet whether I agree with their positions or not.

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