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New year, same traditions.

Everyone has seen countless engagement pictures flooding their Facebook timeline. It usually involves a man presenting a woman with a shiny ring, while she is caught with a stunned and elated expression to perfectly capture the moment. What we don’t often see, however, is a role reversal where a woman proposes to the man. Have we become so accustomed to the tradition of a man proposing to a woman that it will never fade, or will the gender switch become more common over time?

Redbook released an article on seven women who proposed, what it was like to propose to men and why they did it. These women all had a common theme; they were tired of waiting around for a proposal. One woman noted, “I knew I loved him and wanted to get on with it” while another states, “I proposed because it was time for us to move forward.” Some women want to take charge of their future; no matter what traditions they may break along the way.

When a woman proposes to a man, it is typically not perceived as an empowering act. The break in tradition can sometimes be seen as a desperate and unfeminine action. The man can perceive the proposal as taking away his masculinity. Men take pride in picking out the perfect ring and planning out a special proposal that’s relevant for their relationship. Taking away that experience (from a man) can injure his pride and make him feel like he missed out on a special aspect of his relationship.

As time passes and traditions change, so does the way we view customs. So why should we stick with an old fashioned outlook? Proposals should be unique to the couple, and fit their personalities. A marriage is an intimate bond between two people so what should really count is the love they share, not who popped the question.

We no longer live in a traditional society, that’s for sure. Should popping the question stick with the tradition or should it progress with the times?

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