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Hoping for some moral support, I called my best friend.
He knew that I didn’t take other people’s opinions on my love life very seriously, but given my vulnerable state, he saw his chance and grabbed it to drive home one key point: “Whatever you do, do not—under any circumstance—go home with him.” This wasn’t because he thought I was going out was a serial killer, nor did he even know whether my date was the sleepover type.
It made practical, economic sense to me that a man who had a higher income or more assets than I would be in the best position to pay for my meal.
But as I progressed in my career (specifically when, at 26, I left a job in Washington, D.
According to an article in the Daily Mail UK, the website Friday Friday.com, has conducted a survey, which revealed that the vast majority of men surveyed, around 51 percent, would ask for their lady partners to chip in on a first date.
Even more surprising, a frugal five percent responded that it would be a great idea for their date to even pay for the entire evening.
In fact, I have never in my 35 years–15 plus years of those spent dating–ever, and I mean ever, had a man try to split a tab with me on the first date.Unfortunately for my best friend, that’s pretty much exactly what happened between the dessert course and the arrival of the check.Fortunately for me, the object of my unrestrained lust now shares an apartment and a dog with me.The old-school dating etiquette that the man pays is disintegrating. I work, I ask men on dates and sometimes (OK, often) even have sex with them purely for my own satisfaction, without wanting a baby or a ring or even a three-course meal in return.Generations of women before me popped contraceptive pills, downed pints, threw themselves in front of racehorses - and left me to pick up the tab. There are times when it's wholly appropriate for the fella to cough up: if he initiated the evening, chose the venue and picked the wine, for example.
And as long as I am on the market, I will never, ever pay for a first day–ever!