Leap Year 2016: Why unmarried men secretly want their other halves to propose

Saint Patrick was a remarkable figure. Captured by pirates at sixteen, he escaped slavery and went on to have a life spent punching snakes and druids, whilst still managing to come off as such a pious man that we spend a day a year celebrating him by drinking Irish stout until we pass out.

One of St. Patrick’s lesser-known achievements was coming up with the revolutionary idea that women can propose to men – on a certain day.

The story goes that Saint Bridget complained to Patrick that men waited too long to propose to their beloved and, rather than taking the hint and getting down on one knee, St Patrick hatched a plan. He said that women could now propose to men, providing they did it on the 29th February – a day that only comes around once every four years.

It reflects poorly on society that St. Bridget, a 5th Century nun, had more progressive ideas about gender roles than half of unmarried women today.

Continue reading on The Telegraph

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s