Engagement season may have hit a lull before it picks back up in February, but that doesn’t mean there were some surprising trends on display throughout the past holiday season. While November through December is one of the most popular times to get engaged, most likely given the sheer number of family gatherings that prove to be fertile ground for popping the question. The most notable trend, however, is who is doing the asking.
According to an analysis of Pinterest searches, there has been a notable increase in people searching for ideas for women to propose to their man. This is unrelated to another popular search which has women asking for unique ideas to propose to their girlfriends for those who are in same-sex relationships.
We saw a rise in searches for feminist quotes, girl power tattoos, and even a rise in self-care as it relates to women,” explained Swasti Sarna who comes from the analytic team known as Pinterest Insights. “Women proposing to men may just be the next step in female empowerment.” For many women, however, proposing isn’t so much an issue of feminism, as they often already have plans to tie the knot with their significant other. Many women still seem to want the gesture.
In an informal poll of young men, however, there seemed to be significantly more openness to the idea of their women proposing. After all, when marriage is discussed in advance, much like cohabiting, it’s less of a surprise when the guy pulls out a ring. These days, it’s even a good idea to take your partner ring shopping with you, even if the actual details of the time of exchange are a surprise. In the coming years, it’s likely that we’ll continue to see more women proposing to their partners as the barriers between men and women continue to be broken down.