In general I like leap years as it means one thing - it's an Olympics year. As a sports fan it is something that gets me excited. Not excited enough to buy tickets mind, I'm spending enough going to cricket matches and music festivals in the summer - but I always enjoy it being on TV.
There is something else 'special' about a leap year, on 29 February (today), custom dictates that it is the one day women are "allowed" to pop the question to their significant other. This annoys me for two reasons:
- Women should never have to be "allowed" to do something that a man needs no permission to do. Although I feel that marriage can be a wonderful thing for two people who love each other and want to commit to being together I think this day helps to illustrate just how unequal women still appear with regards the institution of marriage.
- The other thing is that this week every message board or letters page I've read has had requests from men wanting advice on how to avoid their girlfriend's proposal, with loads of suggestions on how to avoid them for an entire day/put them off. Surely if they want to get married and you don't then you are in the wrong relationship or this is something you should talk about (it may just be timing) rather than avoiding the issue like a child. These men make me angry, they should grow some balls and deal with issues in their relationships rather than looking at ways to avoid them - who's to say that their partner would even want to marry them if they act like that? Seriously guys grow up!