03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Propose To A Man: A Leap Year Tradition

It's Scottish tradition that women propose to their men in leap year. Here's the back story and advice on how to do it:


Read one man's take on this ancient tradition:

All this sniggering is really just to cover up the fact that, in truth, all proposals are made by women. "I haven't come across any instances where a woman has formally proposed," says Dr Jacobson, "though I have heard of women inducing a proposal. In these cases it has been an explicit nudge for the man to get on with proposing."

Anyone who has ever been in a relationship of more than a couple of years knows this. After a couple of dates, she works out whether you're boyfriend material (you usually are) and can be forced to watch the Hollyoaks omnibus. After 12 months, she decides that it's time for you to cohabit. And after two to three years, it's a ring or you're out.

A man proposing is merely an illusion of control, and getting down on one knee a cruel irony. Women have always made the decision to get married. It's just that on February 29, we have to acknowledge it completely.

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