Would you propose to your partner?

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Would you propose to your partner?

For the longest time in straight relationships, the man is responsible for the marriage proposal. We all know the classic scene from a number of kitsch films – he secretly gets the engagement ring, thinks about a romantic scenario and finally gets on his knees in front of his beloved at the mountain peak, at his favorite Italian restaurant or on the beach at sunset, opens the velvet ring box and asks if she wants to be his wife.

the other way around
But … is that still up-to-date, or really what most women want these days?

A new spot by Viennese jewelers and watch retailers shows what it might look like if the roles were reversed. In it it is the woman who gets the ring and gets on her knees:

social change
It’s the year 2022. Old gender attributions no longer apply – at least in part. In relationships, too, the roles are gradually shifting and mixing (although unfortunately women still far too often do most of the household and care work, which often leads to a double or triple burden ).

Although we are evolving as a society and more and more people see themselves as feminists, when it comes to the topic of engagement, there is still a lot of clinging to old role models and traditions.

Everything new – just not the application
He takes her last name? “Sure, why not?”. Both keep their own account after the wedding? “Of course!” is what many women in heterosexual relationships now say. However, when it comes to who is proposing, the old model with the man who gets on his knees still seems to be the right choice for many. Why is it?

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Isn’t it time to break up the old distribution of roles a bit and ensure more equality? Or is it only fair if the man is still responsible for the engagement – after all, such an engagement ring is not cheap and the man in many cases (unfortunately) is still the higher earner? This, of course, raises the question of whether a ring is necessary at all. Why not rethink the whole application ritual?

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