OUTRAGE OVER MARATHON PROPOSAL MISPLACED
A couple got engaged on Sunday. They are by all appearances over the moon with happiness. Guess who isn’t? The internet. This is because the happy couple in question got engaged in the middle of the New York City Marathon, a race one of the newly betrothed, Kaitlyn Curran, was running for the very first time.
According to CBS News, Curran’s boyfriend, Dennis Galvin, hopped the spectator barrier and got down on one knee in the middle of said marathon to pop the question, and in doing so stopped his breathy beloved in her tracks. In the now-viral video footage of the proposal, Curran tells Galvin yes through tears. He puts a ring on her finger. She
bids him adieu and finishes the race in four hours and 24 minutes.
What’s wrong with this picture?
The problem, according to the flurry of social media commentary and magazine columns that have since followed the event, is that Galvin interrupted Curran’s race, an act that not only impacted her finishing time,
but also allegedly stole her thunder.
This should have been her moment, the story goes, but he made it theirs. This should have been an individual feat. He made it a group one. He is therefore insensitive, selfish and worse.
In the words of prominent feminist Jessica Valenti, writing on Twitter, “I’m glad we all agree that marathon proposal guy f------ sucks.” Nice, right? It’s worth noting that Valenti doesn’t appear to personally know “marathon proposal guy” nor presumably does she know his fiancée. But knowing someone is irrelevant when you are determined to recast a celebratory moment as a teachable one about everything that is apparently wrong with men these days.
For another prime example of this phenomenon here is Heather Schwedel writing in Slate this week about why the marathon proposal is the “absolute worst”:
“It’s totally possible Curran loved the way Galvin proposed and doesn’t see any problem with it, as is her right. Maybe she even requested a big surprise. But it doesn’t matter. In truth, when you propose in such an inescapably public way, it’s no longer about you — it becomes about your projection on everyone else.”
But the only projecting going on here is by feminist writers who presume to know the mind of every woman and the heart of every man.
THE ONLY PROJECTING GOING ON HERE IS BY FEMINIST WRITERS.
Kaitlyn Curran said yes through tears after her boyfriend, Dennis Galvin, proposed to her during the New York City Marathon.