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Leap year proposals: An out of date tradition?

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 29th, 2012 0 comments yet. Be the First

Today is Leap Year Day, a day than comes around once every fourth year to ensure the calendar is rejigged to fit in with the seasons and the earth’s rotation around the sun. It is also a day where tradition has it women can propose to their heart’s chosen one.

A recent survey has revealed that 10% of British women plan to pop the question today, so there are definitely some of you out there who are following tradition and taking this day to ensure you get that rock on your finger.

Now proposals and tradition are wonderful things, but is this one that is just a bit out of date?

The tradition dates back to before the 19th century, when most women had a very different role in society. But in modern days, after equal rights protests and burning of bras, surely a girl should be able to ask ‘will you marry me?’ to her guy if she wants to, Leap Day or no Leap Day, without it feeling unnatural? You would think so, yet still women’s proposals are quite rare and perhaps seen out of place.

Come to think of it, the whole dating game is all a bit old school, with most girls thinking they ought to let the man make the first move as not to seem too eager…

In reality, life would be so much simpler if both women and men threw out the rule book and just followed their hearts. Yes you might find out that he doesn’t want to marry you, but you might also just discover that he’s delighted to have had the pressure taken off him.

Did you ask your man to marry you? Share your story in the comments below.


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