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It’s finally happened. My boyfriend put a ring on it. Then, in true fairytale fashion, Serena disappeared in a puff of smoke and Bridezilla took her place. It was a brief attack of highly strung schmaltz which left me reeling at the ease with which one, admittedly hugely impressive, romantic gesture had somehow managed to wipe out years of feminist protest against the “patriarchal institution” of marriage.

Prior to this knee wobbling moment in my life, I had pretty firm public views on marriage (although privately they have been slowly…

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