Would you propose to your partner?

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  • New research suggests 40 per cent of British men would like their partner to propose to them

    If you’re thinking about turning tradition upside down and popping the question, you’re not alone as research suggests 33 per cent of women would consider getting down on one knee.

    The long-held tradition that women can propose on a Leap Year dates back to the fifth century, and it seems men don’t mind being asked with 40 per cent claiming they would be happy to accept.

    The survey, commissioned by Sandals Resorts, found 20 per cent of women who say they are scared of being rejected need not worry with two thirds of men saying they would not beembarrassed to see the tables turned.

    ‘More and more women and men seem happy with the idea that it is perfectly acceptable for women to pop the question,’ says Professor of Psychology and Relationship Expert, Geoffrey Beattie.

    ‘This seems to reflect a more egalitarian society in terms of relationships and dating, with women no longer prepared to play second fiddle and taking theinitiativewhenever it is necessary.’

    Despite the commonly male practice of popping the question, it is reassuring to know that only 5 per cent of men asked would say no to a proposal because their girlfriend is not ‘The One’.

    ‘Given that marriage is a key milestone in many people’s lives, it is refreshing to see that things are changing,’ says Professor Beattie.

    Do you agree? Is proposing a man’s job or should women take the reins? Let Marie Claire know your thoughts by posting a comment below.


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