PUBLIC OPINION > Women Should Propose (If They Want)
Living 2012/01/09 16:33:26
Snooki is getting a little anxious for her boyfriend to pop the question, even though they've only been together for maybe half a year. She reportedly said that she was giving the guy two years or she was gonna pop the question, and though she only mentioned it in passing, social norms are always a healthy topic to bring up. We took the opportunity to ask SodaHeads how they felt about women who want to propose.
Should Women Propose to Men?
70% Say Sure, Why Not?
A few decades ago this question probably would have gone in a completely different direction, but these days any question that starts with, "Should women..." is pretty much going to get a majority vote. Traditional expectations are definitely still there, but they've become somewhat optional for most families. One commenter wrote, "Although I prefer the old school way, I don't see the problem with a woman proposing to a man." More to the point, another respondent wrote, "Both of my wives did!"
Men Don't Mind...
There actually wasn't much of a gender gap here, but we felt we had to include this just to point out that men don't care, either. In fact, they were 5% more likely to encourage a girl to propose. Traditionally, men have taken the assertive role, even as far back as hunting and gathering societies -- but that's being challenged more and more. The Japanese even have a term for straight men who prefer submission: Grass-Eaters.
...But the Pressure's Still On
Grass-Eaters aren't getting all the luck, though. When we broke it down by relationship status, we found an interesting trend: Voters who were in an unmarried relationship were significantly less enthusiastic about letting the girl propose. Even married and engaged voters were fine with the idea, but the ones who are actually waiting for a ring are still hoping for that traditional proposal.
Sure Thing for Smokers
Not many demographics were as enthusiastic about women proposing than the smokers. Why would smokers have a stronger opinion on this? We're not sure. Maybe they have a burning desire to promote gender equality. Sorry. Bad joke. We're done.
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