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Study reports growth in number of women proposing to men

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Summary of story on AOL Lifestyle, August 26, 2011

According to a survey of 1,500 adults conducted by the online dating website swoon.co.uk, women are taking over the traditionally masculine role of proposing marriage to their partners.

Apparently, women are most likely to propose on the spur of the moment (53 per cent), while four out of five (83 per cent) plan it for less than a month.

However, the findings reveal that three in four of the women who propose wish their partner had got there first.

The study also reports that proposals have become “less romantic” with only one in five men going down on one knee to propose to their partner. Women no longer expect this traditional proposal, with only 30% stating that’s how they’d wish to be proposed to.

Swoon found that women and men are in agreement that it’s no longer important to ask the father’s permission before the proposal.

WVoN comment: The survey has some interesting findings which seem to indicate a possible gender role reversal when it comes to marriage. However, the findings would be better understood if other variables, such as the income of women proposing to men, is taken into consideration.

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