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?”
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