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 Outraged women slam the ‘sexist’ and ‘outdated’ tradition – but others claim the gesture is a sign of respect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But to many, the practice now seems rather outdated.
Mumsnet users fiercely debated the topic in a recent thread, with some outraged brides deeming the idea ‘sexist and outdated’, while others described it as a ‘sweet tradition’.
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!