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Engagement rings are a sexist and outdated tradition

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We women can be a hypocritical lot. Yes, I am talking about Ms Feminists who believe in equal rights and refuse to be looked upon as the chattels of men. Problem is a lot of us are not only contradicting ourselves, but are letting everyone who sees us in on the secret.

Here's a quick test to see if you fall in to this category. Have a look at the ring finger on your left hand. Is there a diamond there in the form of an engagement ring? There is? Well, I hate to say it, but you may as well have a bovine bell around your neck – albeit a very expensive one. Because what you are signifying is indeed ownership by a man; a sign of your value as his wife and his worth as a provider. Oh, and a gullibility to the manipulation of a marketing machine that is both archaic and unfair.

But you cherish your ring, I hear you say. It is a symbol of devotion and commitment and love. This is fair enough. You have been brainwashed from birth to believe the case. But let's go a little deeper, shall we? Let's ask what that diamond really signifies, the importance we place on size, carat and worth. And whether it is fair that men are expected to make such an expensive and judged gesture when we women mostly don't.

The engagement ring is an extension of the betrothal ring,........

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