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A History of Sadie Hawkins Day: It's Not That Cute

If you went to high school in the States, you likely encountered one antiquated, repeated theme: Sadie Hawkins Day. Maybe it came to you in the form of a dance, but in any case, it’s a time when girls are expected to ask boys if they’d like to go out. Its history reflects the values of the 1950s and the sexist perspective of comic strip author Al Capp. Click through the gallery above to learn how the day caught on.

Its delineation of gender roles (and insistence that On One Day Only! women can assert themselves) feels wrong amidst today’s regular conversations on feminism and freedom. But a history of Sadie Hawkins in The Atlantic quotes a study by Michael Mills Ph.D., stating that in 2011, 93 percent of women preferred to be asked out and 83 percent of men preferred to do the asking. But maybe (maybe) technology has begun to even this out—we’re no longer following unrequited loves in the hallway or waiting by the phone. Instead, everyone’s swiping on Tinder, hoping to simply “match.”

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