Kylie Minogue And Why Traditional Marriage Is Not A Male Fantasy

So why do they push it so hard on women?

Sayde Scarlett

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If you haven’t heard of the pop culture podcast Sentimental Garbage, then you are missing out on a good thing, indeed! The latest episode of the show was one of the best. It discussed music legend Kylie Minogue.

Kylie has always been one of my favourite pop stars, ever since her comeback in the early 2000s. Even when I was a teenager, I remember hating the criticism of her outfits (those awesome gold hot pants…) and people calling her “too old” at the ripe old age of 35. This despite her being a total babe to anyone who had functioning eyes.

Gone was the 80s perm and the awful clothes; this was the beginning of Kylie’s prime.

Another discourse that surrounded Kylie's pop comeback was her perpetual unmarried state. Why, the tabloids would lament, does she want a pop comeback at her age? Why doesn’t she want to settle down and have babies like a normal woman? The podcast episode discusses this pernicious narrative at length.

I’ve always hated the constant marriage and family conversation surrounding her and, of course, other happily single female figures like Taylor Swift. Only with the rise of Tiktok feminism are women starting to realise how deliberate and malignant this discourse is.

I am one of the women who has always wanted the house with the white-picket fence. I have always wanted romance—the husband, several kids, all of it. Whilst dating, I have noticed that this is actually very rare. It is rarer among men than it is among women.

Women are bombarded by messaging from the online 'manosphere' and the reactionary right that being a homeschooling tradwife and having umpteen children is not only the best thing a woman can do; it’s the only way a woman can ever truly experience wholeness, meaning, and a satisfying life.

Yet, I have found very few men want or consciously seek out the corresponding role of…

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Sayde Scarlett

Author and poet by day; artist by night. Loves to tell stories and create art; loves to talk about stories and creating art.