Prom Comes with Old Traditions and Unwritten Standards

Prom. It’s a four lettered word that can come packed with lots of emotions and stress ranging from pure elation to utter depression; amongst others. Though the actual night of prom is stress and worry free, the few weeks leading up to it can be filled with heartbreak and worry.

Guys have it hard these days, especially when it comes to asking the girl of his dreams to accompany him to prom. Though still accepted, a simple “Want to go to prom with me?” just doesn’t seem to cut it anymore, or at least, isn’t perceived to be as “romantic” as asking in an elaborate way, i.e. in front of a thousand people during a school assembly.

Of course, though an unofficial rule, it seems as though with each passing year, guys have to come up with new ways to be “creative” and “different” when asking the girl to prom. That is of course if you’re assuming that it’s the guy doing the asking.

It’s no secret that we live in the 21st century and that there is “equality for all”. So why is it such a shock when the girl is the one to ask the guy to prom? The answer is because discrimination still exists in society today.

If guys have it hard these days, then girls must have it rough. Society expects the man to do the asking, but when this well known “fact” is challenged, the girl has to deal with the judgment from her peers, such as remarks that make the girl come off as being desperate. There’s nothing shameful about a girl making the first move, and if others choose to believe that there is a sense of embarrassment in such an action, then they must realize that we live in a modern society.

Of course, you don’t need to go with someone to have a good time. It’s prom and if it’s your senior prom, then you shouldn’t miss it. It’s fine to go alone because you can still have a great time with your friends and to have had experienced prom. There is no rule that you have to go with someone, only that you go and remember to have fun.

This article was written by Angie Yeh. It was published in the Temple City Voice on April 23, 2008.


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