I have always been curious about the traditional notion of a man getting down on bended knee and proposing marriage to a woman. Don’t get me wrong, I am a hopeless romantic who has painted herself into the corner of more ridiculous romantic comedy plots than I would like to admit. It’s just … why does the end of the movie always involve the girl waiting for the guy to realize she’s amazing? Where are the female characters who get inspired and pop the question?
I could only find two movies featuring a female character proposing to a guy: The Proposal, a Sandra Bullock film that starts off being more about an abusive boss/worker relationship; and Leap Year, an Amy Adams film that is kinda/sorta/maybe entrapment. While both of those films are cute in their own way, the proposal is the gimmicky plot device rather than the natural evolution of a heartfelt love story.
(See? I told you I was a romantic.)
Today is Sadie Hawkins Day, a day with roots stemming from a comic book. Sadie was a character described as the, “homeliest gal in all them hills.” Turns out she had trouble finding dates. Her father invited all of the bachelors over and set up a race and whoever Sadie caught in the race is who she could marry. The concept of the comic strip was a hit and soon people started creating “Sadie Hawkins” events. I know I went to my fair share of Sadie Hawkins dances when I was in middle school.
The theory of “Sadie Hawkins” makes the idea of women or girls asking someone out a farce. Do we really need a sanctioned dance or day to be empowered to simply step up to the game of love? I have so many friends in same-sex relationships and marriages so the notion of what is appropriately feminine is long gone as far as I am concerned. Asking someone out on a date isn’t masculine or feminine, boy or girl. It’s who has the guts in the moment.
10 Famous Women Who Had the Guts to Ask,
“Will you marry me?”
Happy Sadie Hawkins Day! 1 of 12
Pink 2 of 12
Pink made a series of signs for her proposal to motocross star Carey Hart. She stood at the sidelines of the Pro 250 class finals in 2005 and held up the first sign asking, "Will U Marry Me?" The next sign asked the question again and added, "I'm serious!"
Elizabeth Taylor 3 of 12
Many have speculated that Elizabeth proposed to her dear friend, actor Montgomery Clift, but according to a biography about Montgomery, the idea of a wedding was a publicity stunt created by the studio behind A Place in the Sun. Elizabeth DID, however, propose to British actor Michael Wilding in 1952.
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Kristen Bell 4 of 12
After DOMA was overturned this summer, Kristen proposed to her longtime boyfriend, actor Dax Shepard, over Twitter with: "@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove."
Jennifer Hudson 5 of 12
Jennifer and her husband took turns proposing to each other. David Otunga went first and presented Jennifer with a ring but teased, "You have a ring. How are they gonna know I'm taken?" Jennifer decided to have a ring made for him and proposed to David.
Billie Piper 6 of 12
Billie was just 18 years old when she proposed to her then-boyfriend, a 35-year-old media mogul. The marriage lasted three years and the couple remain friends.
Halle Berry 7 of 12
Halle proposed to her first husband, Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice, after just six months of dating. Her marriage to David lasted three years.
Britney Spears 8 of 12
Gretchen Rossi 9 of 12
Zsa Zsa Gabor 10 of 12
Zsa Zsa is famous for being famous. She is also famous for being married — she is currently on her 9th husband and claims she proposed to every single one of her husbands. Zsa Zsa brilliantly shared with her biographer: "I pay all my own bills ... I want to choose the man. I do not permit men to choose me."
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Queen Victoria 11 of 12
Queen Victoria recorded in her diary her proposal to Prince Albert. It is completely charming and sweet:
At about half past 12 I sent for Albert; he came to the [room] where I was alone, and after a few minutes I said to him, that I thought he must be aware of why I wished [him] to come here, and that it would make me too happy if he would consent to what I wished (to marry me); we embraced each other over and over again, and he was so kind, so affectionate…I told him I was quite unworthy of him and kissed his dear hand.
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Jenny McCarthy 12 of 12
Jenny is putting it out there that she is ready to make it official with boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg. She gushed on the Bethenny Frankel Show: "I think he would be an amazing husband! So, if he does [propose] yeah, I would sure say yes. I wouldn't be surprised if I was the one proposing!"
All images, unless noted otherwise, are from PR Photos.
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