Women Popping the Question

Society is gradually becoming more equal opportunity in terms of men and women, whether it’s in the workplace or even in the realm of romance. In order to make the jump from boyfriend and girlfriend to man and wife, couples must first tackle the process of getting engaged. With engagement comes the responsibility of a proposal, but times are changing and this task is no longer reserved just for the men. February 29th is Leap Day, the only day that it’s perfectly acceptable for the tables to be turned in regards to a woman proposing to a man. This idea has been around for years, but today more women are taking matters into their own hands, and they’re doing it year round.

It takes a bold woman to break tradition and switch up the gender roles for such an emotional, life-changing situation. There are several reasons why more and more women are working up the nerve to propose marriage to their significant other. Most men will put a lot of time and effort into making their “Will you marry me?” moment an unforgettable, unique experience, and then there are some men that don’t put much thought behind what they are going to say or do until they are already on bended knee. A woman is capable of putting the same effort or spontaneity into her ideal proposal, and making the moment just as memorable. Women sometimes feel like they need to propose first in order to speed up the process. If they have spent many years with the same partner discussing marriage and they feel like their biological clock is ticking, a lot of women will start dropping hints, while other women will end up going through with a proposal of their own.

Obviously, not everyone will warm up to the idea of doing something so different. There is a chance the man will take offense to the woman beating him to the punch. A guy will hold off proposing if he isn’t ready for such a big commitment, and the sight of a woman doing something he is normally supposed to initiate is likely to put him off and could lead to rejection and heartache. He may feel like she is stealing his thunder if he had a proposal planned and had not yet found the right moment to go through with it. But for those women who successfully plan and execute a proposal, and are accepted, the opinions from those around them will not always be positive.

After a couple gets engaged the question on everyone’s mind is, “How did he do it?” Everyone wants to hear the story. It may come as a shock to a lot of people to learn that the woman was the mastermind behind the whole event, and there will be those that disagree with the couple’s choice not to stick with a traditional proposal.  In any case, the matter of getting engaged should be a happy time that reflects the love a couple has for one another and promises to have for the rest of their lives. As long as they can look back on the moment they got engaged with a smile, the rest of it doesn’t really matter.

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