sexyblokeinlincs 55M
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8/18/2006 8:44 am

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I heard today that the custom of giving engagement rings arose in the US in the 1930s when men were having trouble proving they could be trusted....

Apparently even then it was not so uncommon for couples to sleep together before marriage, but that was a big risk for the woman.

If her fiance broke off the engagement she could be left without prospects of another marriage.

For a long time, the courts used to allow women to sue for "breach of promise" and that gave them some security, but when the courts stopped doing so both men and women had a problem.

They did not want to wait until they got married, but unless the man could reassure his future wife then sleeping together was a no-no.

The solution was the engagement ring, which the girl kept if the engagement was broken off.

An expensive engagement ring was a strong incentive for the man to stick around - and financial compensation if he did not.

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