Emma Lord
Updated Apr 01, 2015 @ 11:47 am

Prom season is right around the corner, which means several amazing things, including and not limited to getting fancy with your friends, dorky dancing, and scamming a bunch of free food (cross your fingers for a chocolate fountain). Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of epic promposals, but the ones we’ve been seeing as of late are the ones we find the coolest. This year a lot of girls are asking guys to prom, challenging a gender norm that seems to have persisted since the Dawn of the Prom Age.

Not only is the idea catching on, but you can see its awesomeness splashed all over the Internet. Girls are taking pictures of their promposals with the hashtag “#hesaidyes,” so if you need a pick-me-up today you can go ahead and scroll down on Instagram and see miles of smiles. These ladies don’t just challenge the cultural norm, but their promposals are so clever and personal that they’re giving us all a run for our money.

Here’s the thing about promposals: They’re totally terrifying, no matter what gender you identify as and no matter who you’re asking. But hey, that’s half the fun, right? I think it’s high time we get to take some of the thrill back from the boys and get to feel our own brand of mortal panic when we prompose. Even if the person you’re asking says no, you at least know you were brave enough to try.

Hopefully, this isn’t just a trend, but an idea that perseveres and encourages women not only to prompose, but to propose marriage, as well. Let’s propose all the things! Prom! Marriage! Ordering an extra cheesy pizza! The world is our oyster, ladies. And just look how happy you can be if you decide to take the chance:

(Images from here and here and here and here.)