Men's Health

Just Pay Already

MY THERAPIST approaches my tales of dating apps and booty calls and ghostings with an adorable anthropological fascination. Recently he asked me whether a man I was dating paid for my meals and drinks. “Of course,” I replied. “Hmm,” my therapist said. His “hmm” is the verbal equivalent of looking skeptically at someone over your spectacles, and I knew where he was going: Doesn’t a man paying for a date add a transactional tension to what follows the date? And if gender equality is the goal—isn’t that always the goal now?—shouldn’t men and women split the check evenly?

Well, no. For most of my dating

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