Turns out heterosexual couples crave rigid gender roles when it comes to marriage. In a study out of the super liberal UC Santa Cruz*, none (that's N-O-N-E) of the 277 heterosexual college students interviewed said they'd prefer marriage proposal in which the woman asked the man to marry her. Wow.
Two-thirds of the students, both male and female, said they'd "definitely" want the man to propose marriage in their relationship. Only 2.8 percent of women said they'd "kind of" want to propose, but not one man (not ONE SINGLE MAN) indicated he'd prefer that arrangement.
What gives, heterosexuals? This "benevolent sexism" is a bit of a bummer, but not surprising. Heterosexual ladies, let's get out there and just start asking dudes to get married, it'll help us ease into it. "Hello Handsome Whole Foods Produce Guy, will you marry me?" And then present him with a non-hydrogenated vegan Funyon as a ring. True love!
Point is, we need to get practicing.
Predictably, three-fifths of men said they would prefer to keep their name, and three-fifths of women said they were willing to change theirs. My boyfriend has a hyphenated last name and it's one of the things that attracted me to him. It wasn't like a deal maker/deal breaker, but I definitely thought it was cool that he came from a family where his mom's name was as important as his dad's. However, if we get married, does that mean we'll have a triple hyphenated name? Or should we just be super obnoxious and awesome and create our own new name? Beconnedden. It has a ring to it? (???)
Now, to get started on my proposal!
*Those hippies don't even give grades!
Is It OK For the Girl to Propose? No Way, Study Suggests [Live Science]
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