5 reasons why I wear a man-gagement ring

Both the man and the woman can wear an engagement ring, no matter what anyone else thinks. Here's why.

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  • It had been three days since we got engaged. My fiancée's phone buzzed.

  • "Notice of Charge on Venmo from: Zack Random Guy."

  • She hadn't changed my contact name in her phone during the course of our two-month courtship.

  • She opened the notification: "$16 for MANgagement ring."

  • A puzzled look crept over her face as she completed the charge nonetheless.

  • Yeah. That's how it went down. No confession of love, rainstorm kissing or even diamonds (low maintenance kind of guy, you know ... ).

  • I picked out a ring on Amazon for $16.99 and charged her for it. I decided to cover the $0.99 to not look cheap, but I wanted it to be "from her."

  • I didn't need the fanfare, the secrecy or even the cost that surrounded my proposal — but I did want a ring.

  • Since making that decision, I've been met by a lot of super confused people with a lot of surprisingly strong opinions against me wearing a mangagement ring. So let's just clear the air.

  • Why am I wearing a mangagement ring?

  • I want to

  • And that sums it up. My fiancée didn't ask me to, but she loves it.

  • It isn't that weird

  • Some celebrities are doing it, like Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, David Otunga (Jennifer Hudson's man) and Michael Bublé. The Atlantic also did a piece on it recently where they note that 5 percent of engaged men are rocking a mangagement ring. Not many, but some.

  • My fiancée has one

  • I've been most surprised from my "equal rights" friends who are against the mangagement ring. They say that it's weird. I just have to pinch the bridge of my nose with a head shake. There is no pleasing those people. Look; no matter where you stand on mangagement/engagement rings, if she gets/has to wear a ring, I get/have to too!

  • I want to get used to a ring

  • It's super weird to go from never wearing rings to wearing a ring. A very thin mangagement ring is a perfect preparation.

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  • I am committed

  • Not like, "I'll give this a try," sort of thing, but I'm in it to win it. I understand that women typically wear an engagement ring because in our culture, men pursue and this signals to them that a woman is off the market. But things are changing and women are getting more aggressive. While I'm not saying that I have women beating down my door, it's just a safety to make sure we are all on the same page.

  • So there it is. That's why I'm wearing a mangagement ring. It isn't flashy, but it is meaningful.

  • Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Zack Oate's blog, www.bowlofoates.com It has been republished here with permission.

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Zack Oates is a writer. He sings randomly, hot tubs routinely and blogs regularly. He writes about dating, marriage, and inspiration.

Website: http://www.bowlofoates.com/

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