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Should we still accept traditional gender roles when it comes to wedding proposals? Although women popping the question may seem like a taboo topic, it’s more popular than we may think.
On last week’s episode of “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta,” Joseline Hernandez proposed marriage to the love of her life Stevie J. He didn’t necessarily say yes, but on this week’s season finale, the Puerto Rican did get a ring in return!
And how can we forget Chrissy Lampkin’s proposal to Jim Jones on the second season of “Love & Hip Hop: New York?” Her initiative definitely took viewers by surprise, but in the end, the rapper returned the question to his longtime girlfriend.
With women getting down on one knee on other reality shows like “The Bachelorette” and “The Real Housewives” series, it sends a message that times really are, slowly but surely, changing.
“Gender roles can be fun when we choose them freely, and traditions are often complex and irrational notions that simply make us feel like things are right with the world. But if we are really equal, why does it matter who asks whom? Can women ever truly be the romantic instigator? What would we really be losing by leaving this tradition behind?”
“Gender roles are just that — roles — and like any role-playing, as long as two consenting adults are into them, there’s nothing that really suggests that letting the man play White Knight with your decision to lock it down prevents you from equally shouldering the weight of that mortgage together, and every other life choice you’ll make as a unit, for the rest of your lives.”
This topic has sparked heavy discussion in the social media world. Some argue that if a man is ready to tie the know he’ll ask the woman, and others question if it’s time to leave that old tradition behind.
Tell us your thoughts below, then click through the slides to find eight celebrity women who asked their men, “Will you marry me?” below.