2015. Let's assume the following: guy and gal have the same income, they both like each other equally, both want to impress the other equally, both equally hope a relationship will develop and progress, etc. They meet online and for a first date, they meet at the park to walk their dogs or at a Starbucks - something very simple. Things go well. Guy asks her out for a real date. Soon after, he's taking her out for a nice dinner, then something fun afterwards. He pays for everything without hesitation as he should. The date goes really well and they both want to see each other again... Ok then... at this point... why shouldn't the costs of dating moving forward be 50/50? Shouldn't she insist on paying for and planning the next date? If you went out with a coworker or a friend or a neighbor, you wouldn't dream of expecting them to pay your way. Yet most (not all, congrats if you know an exception) women today have the attitude of, "I'm old fashion (you know, cause it benefits me in this case) I expect the guy to pay for the first 4-5 dates, then, after that... I offer to pay for my half or I'll do something for him, like cook him dinner". Whoa... easy there Ms. Generosity. He pays for the first 5 dates and in return, you offer to pay for your half (not the whole tab) or you offer to cook him a meal which costs a fraction of what he's spent on you. "No one is forcing him to pay". True, but if the guy doesn't play along, he knows he'll be branded as a cheap asshole and he knows that she will most likely lose interest if he attempts this path. Equal partners? lol.