Post # 46
Nijntje: Thank you for pointing this out!
In some cultures it’s norm that both partners get an engagement band. I’m Swedish and there it’s considered strange if the man does not wear a band to show that he’s engaged. In fact, traditionally the couple goes and pick out matching bands to show that they belong to each other. However, I agree with the OP that the term “man-gagement ring” is silly. In fact, it’s pointless to make a definition like that, it’s an engagement ring period!
Post # 47
Sigh, another gimmick from the wedding industry…
Post # 48
My Darling Husband came home a week ago and told me about his friend who is getting married and hasn’t picked out a band yet. He said very proudly that he showed his ring to his friend and his whole group of friends, talked about the metal, and just felt great getting to show off his ring.
I think it’s normal but as a pp mentioned we as a society have genderized wedding traditions.
Tangent: I think some grooms would also love to get to walk down the aisle and are disappointed when they find out that’s the bride’s thing :p
Post # 49
I’m in the “why not?” boat. If he really wanted one I don’t see the issue. Personally I think I would buy him a nice watch or something, but meh.
Post # 50
damarajade: Why gay men? I don’t know if you realize how that sounded. I presume you said it with good intentions, but what were your intentions?
Post # 51
I find it really weird when guys have “mangagement” rings. But that’s just me.
Post # 52
spazzychica: Man-gagement. Haha! That’s a funny word!
Post # 53
Your thread doesn’t imply you dislike the term. Your thread implies you dislike the idea of men having engagement rings. I don’t see why it shouldn’t not be a thing. If a dude wants a ring and calls it an engagement or a mangagement or whatever ring, who cares? It doesn’t affect you.
Post # 54
spazzychica: So you say it’s just because you think the name is silly….but then why is your poll asking people whether or not they would want to get one, instead of whether or not they think the term “mangagement ring” is dumb?
Sounds like you wanted to make fun of this idea and now that the consensus is there’s nothing wrong with it, you’re backpeddling…
Post # 55
womanofsubstance: I didn’t say that. You should double check that before you hit “reply.”
Post # 56
ClaudiaKishi: I think you hit the nail precisely on the head.
Post # 57
My Fiance wanted to wear a ring to show he taken, just like I do! I love that he wears a ring! It’s not for everyone, but it’s totally us. After the wedding his ring will be his stunt ring 🙂
Post # 58
I had never heard of it either, but when my now-husband proposed to me, he also have himself a (cheap) ring. He said he wanted to show the world that he was making a big commitment, too. I loved that idea. He doesn’t wear it now — just his wedding ring.
Post # 59
For all the people who think I’m backpeddling, I stated in my OP that I heard the term and thought it was a joke. Sorry that my poll didn’t link up with that. The term “man-gagement” is a turn off to me. If someone had said they/their SO wanted to exchange tokens (rings, watches, etc.) upon becoming engaged, I think that would be a nice gesture. To me, the term is what makes it a little goofy.
Post # 60
The “traditional” diamond enagement ring for women is a product of DeBeers marketing campaign in the late 1930’s. (The campaign was very successful. In 1939 only 10% of engagement rings had diamonds. By 1990, 80% did.) If the jewelry companies need to expand their market, trying to promote engagement rings for men would be expected.