Engaging trend: Women popping the question

Engaging trend: Women popping the question

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It was a moment Samantha Cook of Charleston rehearsed multiple times.

"I wrote out what I wanted to propose to him, and I had it on a little scrap of paper, and I would practice it on my way to work," said Cook.

Then the moment arrived. Inside a Florida bar, a YouTube video captures Cook proposing to the leading man of her life, Jason Westbrook. He took her up on the offer.

"This way I made it my choice. 'I'm picking you. You are not picking me. This is my decision. I want you,'" said Cook.

Cook and Westbrook will tie the knot this month after he finishes a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

"I'm just so blown away by how she proposed and everything," said Westbrook, speaking to us over the phone from the warzone. "I love her with all of my heart, and I plan on making her the happiest woman in the world for the rest of my life."

We did not have to go half way around the globe to find another guy proposed to by his gal.

Live 5 News videographer Matt Thompson stood right at our fingertips.

"I took a picture of my hand and put it up on Facebook, and everyone is like, ' Why is your girlfriend's hand so hairy?'" said Thompson of comments he received after announcing the proposal on social media.

"We were headed to a friend's wedding," said Anna Godden, Thompson's fiance, as she described the moments leading up to the proposal. "It was the right moment. We were having fun. We were laughing. It was the moment I guess. He was kind of shocked.  He kind of looked at me and said, 'You just couldn't wait, could you?' And he said, 'Of course, I'll marry you.'"

"There's no shame in it as a man. I have received a lot of flack from my friends from it. I've had to convince all my friends I'm not cheap. I wasn't scared, you know all those things," said Thompson.

Ladies lassoing in a man is not a new concept.  Some historians say the idea dates all the way back to 5th century Ireland when it was considered appropriate for women to propose to men on Leap Year, which happens every four years.  The tradition carried through the generations.

A recent study by psychologist Dr. Rachael Robnett found nearly 300 undergraduate students at UC Santa Cruz didn't take a shine to the idea.

"The students here are generally known to be pretty open- minded. So, I was really surprised that there weren't any participants in my study that said, 'Yeah, I would want the woman to propose.'"

Women proposing to men is such a rare occurrence, Robnett said during her research she had difficulty finding statistics on how many ladies have put a ring on it, making it appear the younger generation may still consider it a man's job.

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