Why Don’t Guys Wear Engagement Rings?
If we wear a symbol that tells the world “we’re taken” why don’t men have something similar?
After choking over the photos of Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring, I started wondering why guys don’t wear some sort of symbol that says they’re going to get married too. Seriously. If we’re out and about, we know by looking at a woman’s hand that she’s on her way to the altar. However, we’re clueless when it comes to men. You could be chatting up some hottie in a bar and have no idea that he’s just days away from the altar unless one of his friends comes up and says something.
You think that’s just hypothetical? It happened to me. I’m at the old Kiss and Fly club in New York City, chatting away to a very cute guy, who by the way just bought me a drink and kissed me on the cheek, when a friend of his comes over and says, “Dude, what are you doing? You’re getting married this weekend.”
A ring — or anything (neon sign over his head perhaps?) — would have helped me out immensely. At the time I did what any sane woman would do in that sitch. I ran. I ran as fast as my little legs would take me. All the way out of the bar and then all the way home. Why? Experience has shown me that if there’s a guy wondering why an affianced male is chatting up a woman, then the enraged fiancé is never far behind.
You know when you meet a guy, you want to flirt a little, laugh a little, and have a good time. You want to get to know him a bit before you fork over your digits. You don’t want to, say within the first three minutes or so, demand to know if he’s been picking out china patterns at Pottery Barn lately. That would be awkward.
Hang on a minute! You know when you meet guys, guys who are either in the finance, banking or Wall Street-type industries, they ask you if you own, rent, where you live and what you drive within the first three minute of meeting them. Why can’t we turn the tables on them! Why don’t we ask them if they’re married, engaged or single?
You know why? It’s because we’re too nice.
If we weren’t raised to be nice, we would demand that our fiancés would wear a ring or have a giant tattoo on their forehead stating that they were going to get married. If they had a symbol on their forehead, or a giant honking ring (or a set of handcuffs, your choice), perhaps they wouldn’t chat up unsuspecting women wearing shoes that weren’t made for sprinting.
So, to save our shoes, and our mental and physical health, let’s make men wear engagement rings! It’s much cheaper and lighter than carrying around a lie detector test.
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.