Today’s entry appears over at the Guardian website, and is a special for 29th February. It’s the day when women can traditionally propose marriage to men, and although there doesn’t seem to be many women-led proposals, in real life or in books, I took a look at women who make their move, who know what they want, and who set out to get their man. From the Wife of Bath to Bridget Jones, they’re not waiting round to say ‘Oh this is so sudden!’
This is part of the article:
You might expect that as the world loosened up in the 60s and 70s there would be more occurrences of women proposing in fiction, but that didn’t happen. Young people had other choices now – premarital sex, de facto living arrangements – and marriage became less of an end in itself. Writers like Margaret Drabble, Iris Murdoch and AS Byatt wrote about women who wanted more out of life: love and marriage had their place, but so did careers, knowledge and children. Angela Carter’s fiction was full of women who were constrained by their time and position, but found a way to do what they wanted; again, marriage wasn’t high on that list.
.... to Bridget Jones