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Engagement rings are a sexist and outdated tradition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........

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