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Kensolin wrote, "We're looking for partners when we date, and the word partner means equal in every sense. The notion that it's gentlemanly for a man to pay is an anachronism. For the most part, boomer women have the same or better financial capability."
I completely agree with Ken, especially the anachronism comment.
Most of my friends are intelligent, financially solvent, fiercely independent women. It blows my mind when almost all of them tell me it's the guy's responsibility to pay, especially on the first date. Why? Ladies want to be 21st Century Women except when it comes to dating. Then they're perfectly happy to return to the 1950s. I don't get it.
I have an unwritten rule with the women I date. If I ask her out, I offer to pay, and if she asks me out, I expect her to pay. And no matter who sets up the date, there's nothing wrong with the other person offering to pay half the bill or at least take care of the tip. As Ken stated so well in his post, dating and building a relationship is a partnership.