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Should Men Still Ask Fathers For Permission To Propose Or Is It An Outdated Tradition?

Should your fiancé ask your father for permission to propose? Outraged women slam the ‘sexist’ and ‘outdated’ tradition – but others claim the gesture is a sign of respect

 

Tradition has long dictated that a man must ask a woman’s father for her hand in marriage before making his proposal.

But to many, the practice now seems rather outdated.

Mumsnet users fiercely debated the topic in a recent thread, with some outraged brides deeming the idea ‘sexist and outdated’, while others described it as a ‘sweet tradition’.

The subject of whether a man should ask his future father-in-law for a woman's hand in marriage is still a much-debated topic
Heated debate: A Mumsnet user sparked debate when she asked for views on the tradition 

Heated debate: A Mumsnet user sparked debate when she asked for views on the tradition

One woman expressed her surprise the tradition was still ongoing, slamming the idea that her father had a say in her love life and even adding that she would ‘dump’ anyone who requested his permission for her hand in marriage.

Asking other women for their opinions, she wrote: ‘I didn’t think this still happened. But a friend of a friend wad recently telling me that their husband had done this!

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