How Can I Turn Drinks into Dinner Without Scaring Guys Off?

How Can I Turn Drinks into Dinner Without Scaring Guys Off

I’ve been reading your blog for about two years now and your book ‘Why He Disappeared‘ really helped me get over a failed relationship. Thank you! I have been dating in London for over a year now and I don’t understand something…

When you talk about dates, you usually talk about meeting a man for dinner, him planning the date, etc. I’d like to go on that kind of date, but what I usually get is invitations for drinks, a popular phrase is ‘something casual’. I said yes to several of those and they were mostly disappointing. They either invite me to go to a pub, or have no idea where to go at all and leave it to me to decide on the place. After a drink or two, if it’s going alright, I suggest having dinner – they never do – but it’s usually about 8pm and I’m hungry, and again, they have no idea where to go.

I thought it was the fault of dating apps – that’s what I’ve been using to meet men, so I signed up for e-Harmony, still the same result. So my question to you is, what should I do in this situation? I realize I hate drinks dates. I don’t think it gives anyone a chance to impress anyone; I’m not going to wear heels to go to a pub.

A couple of people suggested meeting for a coffee. If they don’t know me well enough to risk spending two hours having dinner with me, we could chat a bit more, or talk on the phone. I personally don’t mind spending a couple of hours getting to know a new person over dinner; I do not see anything threatening in a dinner date situation.

Am I missing something? I tried telling one guy I was talking to online that I don’t know what to make of drinks dates… he never wrote back. How do I explain to people that I don’t think drinks are a good idea without putting them off? Or do I meet them, have one drink and then say ‘sorry, I have to go’? I would really appreciate your help with this!

Katerina

I feel for you, Katerina.

But the greatest gift I can give you right now is not sympathy; it’s actually teaching you to understand the male point of view regarding your common situation.

Have you ever talked with a man about his dating experience? Have you ever read the male commenters on this blog? It’s not that you’re “wrong” to hope to have dinner on a first date; it’s that you seem to have no empathy for the male dating experience. It’s not even that you’re callous about it; it’s that you’re clueless — the same way men are clueless when they ask you out on a date without a plan. So…

If you’re a quality man with an average profile, you write 100 generic emails to the 100 most attractive women on the website.

If you’re lucky, 20 will write back.
If you’re unlucky, 10 will write back.
If you’re delusional about the kind of women you can get online, 0 will write back.

Now, when this man finally does get responses, they’re not unlike the responses you get from men: short, awkward, stilted, poorly spelled, incurious.

Out of those 20 emails, only 10 may be worth a second response.

Of those 10 emails, only 5 might get to the point of exchanging phone numbers.

Yes, you were missing something: an understanding of the male dating experience.

Of those 5, only 3 might end up on a first date.

Of those 3 first dates, one might be in a bad place in life, one might not find him attractive, and one might have lied about her weight and age. So…

How do you feel if you’re this man?
How do you feel about dating?
How do you feel about yourself?
How do you feel about women?

Probably pretty shitty.

Make no mistake: most men expend a LOT of energy for very little reward.

But it doesn’t end there.

It seems to men that no matter what they do, they’re doing it wrong.

    – Push too fast to meet? You’re a stalker.
    – Take too long to meet? You’re a player with too many options.
    – Spend a lot of money on a first date? Too intimate. Too much pressure to put out.
    – Spend too little money on a first date? He’s cheap. Selfish. A serial dater.

What do most guys do in light of all of this? Exactly what you described

    a. Choose a casual, low-stakes place for coffee or drinks, so he doesn’t have to spend too much time or money on a woman who, 75% of the time, will not become a second date. (Presuming there’s a 50% chance you don’t like him and a 50% chance he doesn’t like you.)

    b. Ask “What do YOU want to do?” He figures if he asks you, he can’t get it wrong. (Which is, of course, the wrong answer. You don’t want him to ask you where to go. You want him to make the decision YOU would, picking anything – except a coffee shop, bar, pub, chain restaurant, or fancy restaurant, as long as it’s well-reviewed, local, and you haven’t eaten there recently. How could he go wrong?)

None of those is to suggest that your desire to have a better first date connection is a foolish one. If anything, I completely agree with you and have written extensively about the value of building up trust, rapport and anticipation BEFORE the first date to ensure that you go on better first dates.

Most guys don’t like the odds of splurging on dinner with a stranger, so the trick is in making him invest in you PRIOR to your first date.

To answer your question more pointedly, Katerina, yes, you were missing something: an understanding of the male dating experience.

Now that you know that:

    A) Men face more rejection in a month than you’ve likely faced in your lifetime.
    B) Men get stuck paying for a new woman each week who doesn’t come as advertised or doesn’t like him in return, and…
    C) Men don’t know (or care) what you want out of a date — they’re just trying to see if there’s chemistry before investing a lot of money…

Perhaps that will help you have more empathy for these poor clueless schmucks.

Now that you do, your best bet to get a guy to WANT to take you out to dinner?

Follow my 2/2/2 rule as outlined in my TED talk and Finding the One Online — and watch as men step up to the plate like never before.

In summation, most guys don’t like the odds of splurging on dinner with a stranger, so the trick is in making him invest in you PRIOR to your first date. Not by demanding dinner after your first eHarmony email, but by flirting and leading him from email to the phone to a date over the course of a week.

My Love U clients SWEAR that this is the most life-changing thing they’ve ever learned about online dating, so please, don’t knock it until you’ve taken my course and tried it yourself.

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  1. 21
    Stacy2

    Marika:

    A first date is no time to ‘voice your opinions’.  

    OMG how did I miss this gem? So, what is it a time for then, to shut up, be pretty and do as he says? Because omigod he paid attention to me (!) and asked to to come hang out with him at his favorite pub (!) and oh horror – may think i am difficult and not ask me out again so I can’t let that happen!? Sweetie, do you even see a problem with this line of thinking or would you like for me to spell it out for you further?

    Yes, the first date is the time to voice your opinions. So is the second, and the third, and so on. This is the whole point of dating – figuring out whether you’re compatible. What dating isn’t – or at least shouldn’t be – is you doing things you do not enjoy out of fear of rubbing some stranger guy in a wrong way.

    It really is sad that even in this day and age some of us (women) feel the need to bend over backwards win an approval of and please a guy who they – wait for it – haven’t even met yet!!

    What kind of a relationship do you think this can lead to? I have an answer for you – a bad one. The one where he comes to expect you to go with whatever he says he wants to do – and will act out if you reveal your real self (assuming your real self is not all about pleasing him of course). And why – because you will have conditioned him so. Ponder on that.

    Lastly, when i use the term “cool girl” I do so in the classic definition as spelled out in a NYT bestseller “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. It is essentially a girl who pretends to like things she doesn’t in order to get win approval and attention of men. Sounds familiar? When her relationship does not work out as planned she frames her husband for her murder. It’s an excellent read (much better than the movie) for all the ruminattion of the protagonist. Highly recommend. https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/13306276-gone-girl

     

    1. 21.1
      Stacy2

      Marika: and here’s also an excellent article on the subject from jezebel..

      http://jezebel.com/the-cool-girl-is-not-fiction-but-a-phase-1642985632

      “I don’t think this means the Cool Girl is fiction, but rather, a phase. I think she’s a perfect role to inhabit in your twenties when you’re unsure of yourself …. …  But that girl also grows up and learns it’s better to be real than cool.”

      happy dating!

      1. 21.1.1
        Evan Marc Katz

        You’re taking your advice from Jezebel and then coming here to tell me that there is no cool girl. Sorry. There is. I married one. So did all my friends. Please look up the Love U Podcast on being the cool girl in which I cite the Jezebel piece and join Love U, rather than staying stuck with an ineffective mindset. Marika gets it. You naysaying doesn’t affect her; it does affect you.

        1. Stacy2

          Eh.. not really what I am doing. Simply explaining the cultural reference. Flynn’s definition of a “cool girl” has reached way more people than yours as evidence by google 1st page search results (no offence). What you call “cool girl” i simply think of as normal.

          Not sure what Marika “gets”, but so far it appears that she gets guys who ask her to pubs and she’s afraid to speak up in order to not spook them (apparently the Aussies are a shy bunch, i dunno, zero exposure). I, on the other hand, may not “get it” whatever “it” is, but I do get a b/f who takes me to places where I want to go… Me being not “cool” and all.

      2. 21.1.2
        Karl R

        Stacy2,

        The Jezebel article uses a rather different definition of “cool girl” than Evan. There’s still a bit of overlap (not not clingy, not jealous, not needy, understanding, laid-back, not easily angered).

        Given that my wife had all of those traits in her 50s, and still has all of those traits in her 60s, your claim that it’s “just a phase” sounds a bit hollow. Furthermore, that’s how my wife genuinely is.

        Stacy2:

        “What kind of a relationship do you think this can lead to? I have an answer for you — a bad one. The one where he comes to expect you to go with whatever he says he wants to do — and will act out if you reveal your real self (assuming your real self is not all about pleasing him of course).”

        You’re missing a critical difference. My wife doesn’t spend lots of time  pleasing me. She’s a cool and laid-back because she doesn’t spend any of her time being unpleasant.

        And from what you’ve consistently displayed here, your “real self” is perpetually unpleasant. You’re so consistent about it that you come across as a caricature, not a three dimensional human being. I have to assume that you’re slightly more well-rounded than that, but I’ve really seen no evidence of it.

        Most women aren’t that extreme. They don’t have to contort themselves into their complete opposite just to avoid being unpleasant. For most women, they simply need to relax, dial it down a little, keep things in perspective, and they become the kind of person that men find more appealing.

        For someone like you, I don’t know what to recommend. If being unpleasant is the fundamental core of who you are, I don’t see a way to circumvent that when dating. You’re right. Eventually it’s going to become obvious to your date, that is who you are. I’m sorry. I don’t have any advice for that. I think you’re kind of screwed when it comes to dating.

        1. Marika

          Yep, that’s a good way of explaining it, Karl R. I certainly needed to learn to be a bit more flexible, easygoing and less of an over thinker in my dating life. Luckily, thanks to Evan’s material and my dating experiences (good and bad), I’ve been able to do that (I’m on my way, at least!). But I never had to overcome a complete lack of flexibility, extreme entitlement, strict rules – based thinking and man-hate to be a more fun, less intense date and have better experiences with men.

          Stacy2, you seem to think I have a lot to learn to come up to your ‘level’. I disagree. My dating experiences have taught me to be more flexible, less judgemental, less stuck in my own script, more able to judge what’s important (eg character) over what isn’t (eg less than perfect first date venue), yours seem to have done the opposite, which is a shame.

          You seem to equate ‘valuing yourself’ with how many inflexible rules you have. Again, I disagree. The people I know who value themselves the most understand that they can be warm, receptive and understanding towards others, as not only is that how they treat themselves, they also know that letting the small things go (pubs vs wine bars) to be kind to others is no threat to them and their self worth.

          That’s what I hope you come to understand one day. And don’t worry, I’m not about to kill my husband because he took me to a pub on our first date (as per your Gone Girl reference)…;)

        2. Stacy2

          KarlR,

          I am not sure how your wife enters the picture here. The term “cool girl” was coined by Flynn in her bestseller and became widely known and referenced – sort of. If you google “cool girl” that is the only thing that will come up on page one. So, this is what i mean when I say “cool girl”. Sorry to not adhere to Evan’s definition.

          As far as your other comments – nobody who knows me would characterize me as unpleasant LOL. Literally the only person who would say that is my ex/h and even he would admit that i only became extremely unpleasant after he became extremely disappointing and stayed that way for a while (he was given a rather long grace period to correct his act during which time i played the “cool girl”). Clearly he found me pleasant enough to date for 2 years and marry. So, a major lesson I drew from that failed relationship is that there’re certain things and behaviors that a man can do that will cause me to be extremely unpleasant and miserable and will lead to a destruction of a relationship – even if I pretend for a while to be a “cool girl” bout it (my definition! lol). So there’re certain things I lay out very early on. I will not do X. I have no interest in Y. etc. not small potatoes like wine bar vs. a pub. Big stuff, important stuff… They can take it or leave it. Those who leave it i wish them well, those who take it can be pleasantly surprised 🙂

        3. Karl R

          Stacy2 said:

          “The term ‘cool girl’ was coined by Flynn in her bestseller and became widely known and referenced — sort of.”

          I love your revisionist history. Evan was using the term on his blog years before “Gone Girl” was published, and the term is much, much older than that.

          Not the first time you’ve invented facts to support your point … but whatever.

           

          Stacy2 said:

          “So, a major lesson I drew from that failed relationship is that there’re certain things and behaviors that a man can do that will cause me to be extremely unpleasant and miserable and will lead to a destruction of a relationship”

          So, based on your experience, what behaviors can you do (since you can only control your own behavior) which has led to successful long-term relationships?

          You seem to have a long list of inflexible rules (applied to the men’s behavior) based on things that don’t work. What are your rules (governing your own behavior) based on what does work?

           

          Anecdote and lesson for everyone … except Stacy2:

          Back when I was 32, I dated a woman who was 23. The relationship didn’t go well. In many ways, it was worst relationship I’ve had. After we broke up, I decided that the 9 year age gap was just too much, and I’d never date anyone that much younger.

          When I was 38, I started dating an amazing woman. On the second date I found out that I’d misjudged her age. She was 11 years younger than me. She was incredibly mature for someone of any age, however. If it hadn’t been for irreconcilable goals (she wanted lots of kids, I wanted none), then we might have ended up married.

          That forced me to reconsider my previous rule. I had misunderstood the causes of the demise of my previous relationship. Until I realized my mistake, I was avoiding women who were perfectly fine. More importantly, I wasn’t watching out for the correct fatal flaw.

           

          When I met my wife, she wasn’t interested in a serious relationship with  someone 16 years younger. A previous boyfriend of hers was 14 years younger, and that relationship had been rather bad. Like me, she blamed the age gap as the cause of the failure.

          As my wife and I were having our casual fling, she started to realize that I had none of the fatal flaws of the previous boyfriend. (In several key ways, I was the opposite.) She managed to finally come to the realization that her rule had been based on a mistake about what caused the demise of that relationship.

           

          This kind of error is easy to make. I’m betting Evan made that mistake at least once. A large number of men and women have posted (and then defended) their mistaken beliefs here over the years. In each case, the mantra is always the same: “I tried it before, and it didn’t work. Therefore, I know I’m right.”

          And until someone considers the possibility that they may be wrong, they’re unable to correct their mistake. (And that’s why this lesson is for “everyone else” … it’s for the people who are capable of learning it.)

           

          Even though almost everyone makes this mistake (sometimes multiple times), you can only fix it for one person … yourself.

        4. Stacy2

          KarlR
          I love your revisionist history.  Evan  was using the term on his blog years before “Gone Girl” was published, and the term is much, much older than that.
          Not the first time you’ve invented facts to support your point … but whatever.
          My revisionist history? Sorry I wasn’t reading Evan’s blog in 2011 (GG was published in 2012 – FYI) so I wouldn’t know. Oh horror. Fact checkers are here. LOL. In any case i am sure some people have used this term long, long before that but it didn’t become a “thing” until Flynn. Sorry to offend your sensibilities by using the term in a non-canonical way 🙂

          So, based on your experience, what behaviors can  you  do (since you can only control  your own  behavior) which has led to  successful  long-term relationships
          Choose more wisely, make my expectations unequivocally clear from the start, enforce boundaries swiftly, be mellow about everything else. I am way more mellow but far less cool these days (no bullshit flies, period) – if you can conjure that combination. For example, when i was younger I once had a massive fight with my then husband (#1) when he said he’d ski for an extra 30 minutes and showed up 1.5 hours later. These days I’d just be sitting at a bar sipping mulled wine and chilling. However I also in the past allowed my then husband (#2) to move us to an area that was cheaper so that he could quit his job, because i was a “cool girl” so understanding and so supportive (idiot) – now that bullshit does not fly at all anymore. So there you go. More mellow, less cool. Imagine that.

        5. KK

          Stacy2,

          I scrolled through the comments on the blog post Evan provided the link to and your comments were all over it saying how cool you are. Lol. I don’t know the date of that particular post, but apparently your views have changed??

        6. Stacy2

          @KK:

          no i don’t believe so, i think you misread my comments. And that was in 2016, not 2011/2012

        7. KK

          Stacy2,

          “I  think you misread my comments”.

          Don’t think so. You said that you were cool and being cool never benefited you.

        8. Callie

          I responded to Stacy2’s cool comment back in the other thread and I remember being surprised that she thought the only reason for being “cool” was to get praise for it. I said that that wasn’t the reason to do it, it was to help make the relationship as smooth and lovely as possible, not to get brownie points.

          But I have to say going back and re-reading that thread, and then putting it in context with this one, I think it’s very possible a semantic mistake was made by Stacy. The way she talks about “cool” in the other thread sounds like something you put on for someone else’s benefit, hence desiring praise, and not a behaviour that is a positive natural one that one does regardless of outcome. And to me this suggests that in that other thread Stacy misinterpreted the meaning of Evan’s version of cool as the Flynn version of “cool girl”. Because the latter most certainly IS an act put on just to please men. So maybe it is possible that she was discussing the wrong “cool”, hence why it sounded so strange at least to me that she would not see any point in behaving that way.

          I also have to agree that currently “cool girl” really DOES have the connotation Stacy says it does in general these days, even if others have used it to mean other things in the past. So the confusion of the terms is not so unexpected. That being said, I think Evan has also made it very clear what he means by it and seeing as this is his blog and his advice, we really ought to use his definitions for these terms and not  assume he is suggesting women do things that he clearly is not.

        9. AllHeart81

          I will be honest, the whole “be the cool girl” , throws me off too. Most of us have dated men or heard men talk  about women describing this concept of what a “cool” women is. And usually men define it on the back of what a woman does that best pleases him and his own personal desires. It usually comes from a selfish, self-motivated, manipulative place -convincing women it’s more important she be seen as cool by him and not setting up any personal boundaries because then he is free to behave anyway he wants. Telling women to be the “cool” girl is infact a term used to praise the girls who are “cool” and make sure the ones who are arent know they aren’t. Conveying the message for women to relax a little on a date, to not get hung up on certain things, conveys a complelety different message to me compared to telling me to be the “cool” girl. One makes me feel naturally defensive due to cultural ties, the other is just a good reminder to relax. While I don’t think Evan is telling women not to have any boundaries, we can not ignore the cultural reference that is more we’ll known as “the cool girl”. Women with self respect don’t want to be the “cool girl”. When I was in my teens and early 20s, I played that game and it was not good. But if you give advice for women to go with the flow a little more, to relax…that’s advice most women will take. The term “cool girl” is just bad…we shouldn’t even use it. Different words are needed here.

        10. Evan Marc Katz

          AllHeart, you seem to think “cool” is swallowing things that are unacceptable, denying your own feelings and self-worth.

          I’m defining it as largely accepting your partner as he is without complaining, nagging, micromanaging, emasculating, insulting or trying to “fix” him. If that’s “selfish” of a man to want that from the person who ostensibly loves him the most, then I will proudly wear the selfish badge for all men. I married my wife BECAUSE she’s cool – and guess what? – she’s really happy with her choice, too!

        11. Malika

          Cool girl as how it’s used as a term outside Evan’s dating advice is a way of behaving i associate with the teen years. I was part of the ‘cool’ alternative group with girls vying for the attention of the most popular guys within that group. The girls would dress in a certain sexy-yet-alternative way, make out with anyone they could get and create Drama with a D in order to get attention. They pretended to like certain music, take drugs and do all round ‘one of the guys’, all for validation. In later years i met up with one of the dudes who all this was done for and asked him who he had a crush on. His answer? The one girl who was part of the group but who at that age already had the class to be herself and set healthy boundaries, not one of the drama queens. That was an almighty a-ha moment for me. Her name was Jasmin and in modern dating situations i ask myself ‘what would not cool girl Jasmin do?’

        12. Stacy2

          @Evan:

          you seem to think “cool” is swallowing things that are unacceptable, denying your own feelings and self-worth

          What me and other women are saying is, that the actual term “cool girl” has a strong negative connotation at this point culturally. You can check it yourself, just google it… it’s a negative term widely used to describe certain type of female behavior/personality. A “cool girl” is trying to morph herself in every guy’s dream – hot, never ever angry, likes everything he likes – in order to snag a guy.

          You can create your own definition but perhaps a different, more suitable word would go over better.

        13. Evan Marc Katz

          I’m not letting Gillian Flynn and Jezebel ruin the term cool girl for womankind. Men want a cool, easygoing, supportive, fun, accepting, positive partner. I will not waver on that. By the way, neither should you in your quest for lasting love. All of these qualities mean much more than a seven figure job in determining your future happiness.

    2. 21.2
      Yet Another Guy

      @Stacy 2

      Has a man ever told you that you are not worth the effort required to keep you happy?   My philosophy is if she picks, she pays.     If she expects me to select a venue and then vetoes my decision, I “next” her.   There are way too many fish in the sea to deal with that kind of nonsense.   It is that simple.

      You are a stranger to the men you meet.   Why should they bend over to please you if all you are going to do is be a demanding pain in the backside?   You appear to be FemiType #1 (http://datelikeagrownup.com/meet-femtype-one-the-princess/).

      1. 21.2.1
        Stacy2

        LOL YAG. Not in so many words, but yes I am assuming a lot of men consider me not worth their effort. The key is, i think, to not lower the price but to wait for the right buyer.

        You are a stranger to the men you meet.   Why should they bend over to please you if all you are going to do is be a demanding pain in the backside?  

        Oh this is simple. Because they want and need sex more than I do. Sorry guys, blame the mother nature for saddling you with this biology. But generally that is the answer why men do what they do, isn’t it?

        On a side note, i personally don’t view going to a wine bar vs. a pub as bending over backwards unless said guy has the same aversion to wine bars as I do to pubs. In which case I’d always be open to meeting him mid-way. At a rooftop lounge or a park for instance. Nobody needs to suffer, but everybody should show some degree of malleability.

        1. Marika

          Good luck with all your rules, Stacy2!

        2. Yet Another Guy

          Oh this is simple. Because they want and need sex more than I do. Sorry guys, blame the mother nature for saddling you with this biology. But generally that is the answer why men do what they do, isn’t it?

          I can assure you that I do not need sex more than the women I meet. 🙂   I am the one who says “no” these days.   I went a decade without it.       My libido no longer controls my actions, so a woman has to offer more than sex to get my attention.

        3. KK

          To me, “cool” is just another way of saying easy going, flexible. You can be cool and simultaneously maintain your boundaries. The opposite of cool is high maintenance.

          From what I’ve seen, men who get involved with high maintenance women do so in spite of the fact that she’s high maintenance, not because of it. The opposite sex equivalent are women who get involved with a-holes. They tolerate bad behavior because of chemistry. Both types of relationships are doomed.

          Men can be high maintenance too. It just shows up much differently. When someone is high maintenance, they place unreasonable demands on others and are only satisfied when those demands are met. I don’t think it’s the hallmark of a healthy or happy relationship.

  2. 22
    Katerina

    Hi Evan,

    thanks so much for this! It does put things into perspective…

    And thank you everyone for your comments and support, it was definitely interesting to get some insights and to learn from your experiences!

    And yes, I too have found a couple of wine bars where I’m comfortable in case there is no plan… but I feel that going with their plan gives me a better idea of who the person is… and I think I will stop suggesting to have dinner after drinks dates, thanks guys;)

    It seems like money is the main issue, predictably, even if I offer to split the bill, which I do most of the time, they usually end up paying it anyway…

    1. 22.1
      Stacy2

      Katerina:

      but I feel that going with their plan gives me a better idea of who the person is…

      No, hearing what their plan is gives you an idea of who they are, you don’t actually need to go along with it (that’s zero incremental info). I do too “judge” men by their suggestions, but not in a negative sense – more like i categorize them mentally into buckets based on what they’re suggesting. Hip restaurant? Conservative piano bar? Wine bar? Neighborhood dive bar? Different kind of men, it tells me something about their personalities and how they operate.

      However, suggesting a change and seeing how he reacts will give your an incremental insight: is he open to suggestions? Is he willing to please you? To go outside of his comfort zone? Etc. These are important

       

       

  3. 23
    KK

    After reading the letter, Evan’s response, and the comments, I thought about my own dating experiences and relationships. I’ve found it helpful to think in terms of patterns by asking myself if there are any and if so, what’s the common denominator? For me, every relationship has started with a great first date.

    One example was a guy I had met at a friend’s birthday party. We exchanged numbers, started talking and made plans to get together in a couple of weeks because we each had plans the following weekend. In that two week time period, we actually got to know a little bit about each other, develop a great rapport, and build anticipation for our first date. During one of those conversations, he had asked what my favorite restaurant was. I mentioned a trendy Asian place he also happened to like. Unbeknownst to me, he asked my friend for my address, so I was surprised to find a card from him in my mailbox. It was a card with a sweet, but lighthearted hand written note and chopsticks inside, which he had written on asking me to go with him to the place I had mentioned.

    I know some people might think that it’s kinda cheesy, but I was impressed with the thoughtfulness and effort. We lived about 45 minutes from each other. He insisted on picking me up instead of meeting. We had a really great date. Dinner and drinks after with lots of laughs and great conversation. WHERE we went didn’t matter. He made me feel valued and that was key.

    Contrast that with dates where I felt like I was one of many being tested to see if I was potential booty call material, maybe more, depending on the guy. Sorry, not sorry. Not interested.

    Women are pretty good at reading a man’s interest level. A coffee date isn’t going to tell me any more about someone than a 20 minute phone conversation.

    I realize and completely understand that men don’t want to spend a lot of money going on an endless string of first dates, which is why I really think if both men and women would spend a little time building a rapport before that first date, everyone would benefit.

    1. 23.1
      Chris

      Surely the purpose of a first date is to establish if there is any rapport in the first place? An inexpensive first date is ideal for this, including the apparently dreaded “coffee date”. As Evan and other guys here point out, making every first date into a relatively expensive dinner and drinks arrangement is just prohibitively expensive for many (probably most) guys.

      Perhaps women should appreciate whatever effort men have put into the first date (arranging and paying, even if its not much), and then if you like him give him a chance to spend more money on you in later dates. Your solution is having the man spend one or two weeks vetting the women prior to the first date by frequent phone calls, text messages, etc?

      This sounds like its just shifting the first date into this first one or two week period. If this is the case then the man should be making an effort to ascertain over this pre-date period whether he actually wants to go to dinner with her or whether he should call the date off ahead of time.

      1. 23.1.1
        KK

        “If  this is the case then the man should be making an effort to ascertain over this pre-date period whether he actually wants to go to dinner with her or whether he should call the date off ahead of time”.

        Yes.

      2. 23.1.2
        Yet Another Guy

        @Chris

        If this is the case then the man should be making an effort to ascertain over this pre-date period whether he actually wants to go to dinner with her or whether he should call the date off ahead of time.

        Absolutely!   If a man meets enough women, he will arrive at Evan’s 2/2/2 rule on his own.   That is what I did before I found this site.   My rule is even more strict.   A twenty-minute telephone call does not cut it with me.   I only meet women with whom I can hold at least a one-hour effortless telephone conversation.     I have discovered that the desire to remain engaged with each other on the telephone translates directly to quality of the first date.     I have had first telephone calls that lasted several hours.   Those dates were well worth the time, effort, and money because we had fun.   All of the dates where I did the hurry up and meet thing have left a lot to be desired.   I would not have met a single one of these women had I taken the time to make a connection with them before hand.

         

        1. CSI

          It doesn’t sound like it would be for everyone though. Actually I see some problems with this idea. It takes a lot more effort than organizing a quick, cheap date with someone.  You have to be able to talk with a stranger for an hour or more.

          And beyond that, say you decide early on you really don’t want to go on this dinner date with them. Its going to be hard to call off the date without coming across as an asshole. Its much easier to go on a cheap first date and then simply not go on a second one.

        2. Yet Another Guy

          @CSI

          It only takes more time than a coffee date if a man is a casual slob. It takes me at least an hour to get ready for date. If I am going to show up, I am going to do my best to make a good impression, which means that I have to iron clothes, groom my facial hair (I keep a very short, professional beard), shave my neck, manscape, shower, and get dressed. I then have to get in my car and drive to the place where we are meeting for coffee. I am not going to go through all of that for a 30-minute coffee date.

          With that said, I use my process for every type of first date, not just dinner dates. I am not meeting a woman in person unless I know that I can hold a conversation with her. I learned that lesson the hard way.

          I rarely do dinner on a first date these days. I almost always do wine evening dates because I want to know if there is mutual desire to break the touch barrier, and wine is the right social lubricant for the job. I am not looking for a friend. I am looking for a lover who I can turn into a girlfriend. If mutual desire to break the touch barrier is not there on the first date, mutual attraction is not strong enough to warrant a second date.

        3. KK

          YAG,

          I know you probably think I like giving you a hard time, but I remember when you first started commenting on here you were really upset that your potential dates were turning you down because you were recently separated (or divorced). Several of us tried explaining it to you to no avail. But your comments change rapidly and that’s what we were trying to get you to see. Yesterday (?) you said you didn’t want a relationship and that it wasn’t worth the effort. You could take care of your own sexual needs like you did for 10 years. Now, you’re saying you want a lover you can turn into a girlfriend.

          Do you see now why we don’t want to get involved with recently separated / divorced men. You’re not even sure what you want from one day to the next. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, by the way. But maybe some casual dating until you get clear on what you really want could save you and others time and grief.

        4. Yet Another Guy

          @KK

          I believe that the problem lies in the difference between how men and women view dating. Men can be exclusive with a woman without the emotional component. That is the part in which I have zero interest. By that, I am not referring to the emotions we share when we are together. It means that I have zero interest in being the guy on which she unloads when her day has not gone as she had planned. I do not want to sit there for hours and listen to a woman “talk out” her problems. I did that for the better part of two decades, and I no longer have the stomach for it. It is annoying to guys. We do not want to be heard. We want to find a way to eliminate the source of what is causing us discomfort and move on. It is like women just want to wallow in it. I would rather be celibate for the rest of my life than to have to deal with this part of being with a woman.

          Here is the problem as I see it when it comes to dating. The few women that I have dated more than a couple of weeks seem to be believe that is okay to do what I discussed above. It is an immediate turnoff. Professional women tend to internalize everything that is said or done to them at work as being the result of being a woman in the workplace. Most guys see being treated unfairly in the workplace as part of the game. We may not like it, but we suck it up and move on. We do not need to talk about it for hours on end.

  4. 24
    L

    As a woman, I generally prefer after work drinks.   This way if there is no connection, small time investment.   If we like each other, then we can order apps at the bar and turn it into a light dinner.   Also, if I know there won’t be a second date, i will generally pay for half the bill.   I have no desire for a guy I’m not interested in to buy my drinks.   Lunch works too – it is cheaper than dinner – but you have to work near each other.

    That said, my current boyfriend took me to dinner at an upscale restaurant.   I definitely appreciated the thought and planning that went into it – and all of our subsequent dates.   I think a guy who takes you to dinner is, generally speaking, more confident and less likely to be a player/more likely to be looking for a relationship.

    1. 24.1
      KK

      L said, “That said, my current boyfriend took me to dinner at an upscale restaurant.   I definitely appreciated the thought and planning that went into it — and all of our subsequent dates”.

      I’m glad you said that, L! : )

      Part of the point I was trying to make is that if we look at what first dates resulted in relationships, what was the common denominator. If a man is looking for a relationship, it’s to his benefit to make more of an effort.

      YAG, I think your strategy has been ineffective because you’ve been dating like someone looking for a relationship when you’re not. The simplest way to solve this, is to put it right there on your profile. Say what you are and aren’t looking for. Some of your comments contradict each other but from what I can tell, you’re looking for someone to date casually, possibly exclusively if sex is involved, but have no desire for anything serious or long term. Although it will narrow your search, it will help you to ultimately get what you want from someone open to the same thing.

      1. 24.1.1
        Stacy2

        is that if we look at what first dates resulted in relationships, what was the common denominator

        My experience has been exactly the same. Every single relationship.

      2. 24.1.2
        L

        KK, yes it is so worth reflecting on.   I have never had a coffee date result in a relationship.   Too little effort, too much of the “next” mentality.   And as a woman, I have found that men who don’t pay (often) are also not looking for anything serious.   I also am less likely to give a non-payer a second date – especially if it is an inexpensive bill.

        Of my longer term relationships post divorce, three started with drinks at a nice place, 1 started with lunch at a nice place and my most recent started with dinner.   I prefer to drive (with OLD it is safer, plus no expectations of coming inside).   The trend I have been watching out for though is planning.   Men who are emotionally unavailable and non commital – even if you are exclusive – don’t spend much time planning and don’t keep weekends open for you in the same way.   A well planned date tells you volumes.   So, if dates #2 and 3 aren’t showing planning and effort, no matter how attractive the guy is or how good on paper he looks, I lose interest.

        Right before i met my boyfriend, I had met a guy who seemed nice, very attractive, very fit, similar background.   He did not plan dates and expected me to split the bill and kept suggesting places convenient for him and not me.   Texted and didn’t call.   While he kept in contact, effort was lacking.   Around then, I met my boyfriend who is not as physically attractive (but handsome) but he planned dates, paid, went out of his way for me and it was so clear to me that he was a great partner.   He was also cconsistent  – called in addition to texts etc.      If men make an effort and show it, he stands out.   ultimately, this letter is about effort.   Why don’t enough men show effort?

        1. Yet Another Guy

          @L

          You do know that some men can be completely into you and not plan dates very well? To judge a man’s commitment or emotional availability based on his ability to plan and execute dates is a fool’s errand. I have never been much of a planner. In fact, I hate planning. I plan enough to give a date structure, and let the rest get happen. I do not have an itinerary when I go on vacation. I prefer to be spontaneous. It is part of my personality type. You need to spend time reading about the 16 Myers-Briggs personalities. It will be an eye-opening experience for you.

        2. Yet Another Guy

          By the way, the guys who you assume are emotional available because they can plan and execute dates generally have personality types that end in the letter “J,” which stands for judging. I have personality type that ends in the letter “P.” I am a perceiver, and perceivers like things to be much more fluid than judgers.

      3. 24.1.3
        Yet Another Guy

        @KK

        I actually had language in my profile stating that I am looking to date a woman exclusively without the emotional heaviness of a long-term commitment. I grew tired of fielding questions as to how one can be exclusive without wanting a long-term commitment. They are not synonymous; however, most women assume that exclusivity only occurs as part of a long-term commitment.

        With that said, yes, I am looking to be exclusive, so I that I can have an activity partner with whom I can have STD/head-trip-free sex. What is so wrong with that arrangement?

        1. L

          YAG, planning dates is  one of several indicstors of emotional availability, not the only one.   In general though, a man who is excited to see you and impress you will have a basic plan for a date.    I don’t expect every second to be planned – just show me you are thinking about it and make a reservation ahead of time and think about what you want to do afterwards.   If we are going to the movies, buy the tickets ahead of time and pick seats.   Choose a restaurant early so you can get a reservation at a great place on Saturday night.   It isn’t hard but it shows effort and that you’re thinking about me.

        2. Yet Another Guy

          @L

          That makes more senses. It is difficult being a guy in the dating world. Our needs are primitive compared to what women need to feel desired. KK is a on a tear about my sending mixed signals. I do not see what I am doing as sending mixed signals. I see what I am doing as being a guy.

        3. Yet Another Guy

          *more sense

        4. KK

          YAG,

          I would know exactly what you meant. Maybe a better way to say it would be, “Looking for a friend with benefits to be exclusive with”.

        5. Yet Another Guy

          @KK

          “Looking for a friend with benefits to be exclusive with”.

          The problem with the term FWB is that there is very little friendship in most FWB arrangements.   They are more like steady booty call arrangements.   That is not what I want.   I want most of a relationship minus having to pretend that I am a hairy woman when she needs to “talk it out.”   I do not want to have to listen to a woman talk for hours about her feelings or whatever nonsense occurred during the day that she did not like.   I guess that this state is what women refer to as being “emotionally unavailable.”   Women always complain that men do not listen when they talk.   They are absolutely correct. The only way for a man to survive in a long-term relationship without going insane is to learn to nod his head and pretend that he is listening; otherwise, he will just end up with his stomach in knots.   Men are not wired to sit there and let a woman talk it out.   Quite frankly, if given the choice between celibacy and having to listen to a woman talk it out, I will choose celibacy. Sex is not worth my mental and physical health.

        6. Stacy

          YAG,

          Sorry to tell you….dating a woman exclusively cannot come without the ’emotional heaviness’ of a long term commitment.   I don’t think you like the phrasing, but what you are really looking for is a Friends with Benefits situation but you would just like her to only have sex with you.

          I think a better strategy is for you to find a woman you can be exclusive with who is not primarily emotional. There are lots of women like that (including myself).   I do not ‘unload’ emotionally on my boyfriend and I certainly don’t go on for hours on emotional rants. However, like every other woman (more or less), I have my moments when I need him to listen for whatever reason.

          You can’t expect to get what you want without giving something in return. Why would a woman see you worthy of having sex with just you if you find it beneath you to be a sympathetic ear? And most women I know do not go to the extremes (talking off your head for hours about emotional issues) and I know a lot of women. So it’s unrealistic if you expect to date a woman (exclusively) and expect her to be satisfied with just you if  you basically don’t want her talking to you about any of her problems/issues/challenges/hopes/dreams, etc.

          And as an aside, I saw you told Stacy2 earlier that you don’t want sex more than the women you meet. I guarantee you that really GREAT and fulfilling sex will change your mind.:) I think your past marriage has tainted you more than you realize.

           

           

      4. 24.1.4
        Buck25

        KK,

        I’m gonna disagree with you slightly. When I was doing the online thing, I always   viewed that initial meet-up as a part of the getting acquainted process, rather than as a proper date. Even with the email to phone to meet up evolution, there were two problems that couldn’t be solved without meeting face to face. One obviously, was the women who deliberately misrepresented their appearance; there’s no way to be sure short of meeting. In fairness, these were a small minority (less than 10% of meet ups) but still annoying, if you’re then paying for drinks for someone you’d have had ZERO interest in, had she been honest). The greater problem, with the ones who looked like their pictures, were who they represented themselves to be, etc. was chemistry (or more specifically lack of it, on one side, the other or both). There was simply no way,(from a male point of view anyway), to ascertain whether there was any chemistry on either side without meeting in person. My experience with that was close to Evan’s figure; only about 25 %, maybe a little less, of meet ups revealed enough mutual chemistry to try for a second date. What I usually did was set a meeting for drinks before the dinner hour, at a place that had an atmosphere suitable for conversation, and served appetizers/dinner, but leave the rest of my evening open. If it didn’t work out either party could have an early (and easy) out by simply looking at a watch and “Look at the time! Gotta run!” I found I usually knew within 15 minutes of a first meet up if it was headed that way. On the lesser number where everything was going well, it was easy enough to simply ask, “Would you like to continue over some appetizers/dinner?”.   I found this worked smoothly and well, in most cases where my new acquaintance and I found each other suitable dinner companions, as well as saving some awkwardness on both sides if we didn’t hit it off. I wasn’t as worried about the expense (don’t have to be) but I can see where that part of it is a concern for guys who have to spend money from their limited dating budget buying dinner for a meet up “date” only to find there isn’t any mutual chemistry and then having to endure two or so miserable hours with a woman they have no interest in ever seeing again. So no, in general, I don’t think we guys owe any woman we met online   a dinner on a first meet up, unless things just click to the extent we wish to offer it after drinks. I don’t think that’s “lack of effort”; I think it’s common sense, especially in the majority of instances that don’t really go well, while permitting us to offer her dinner if it does. After all, should the timing not work out (perhaps she had other plans), we can still make it up to her on date number 2 (which to me, is the first “real date” anyway.)

        1. Nissa

          I’m with Buck25 on this one.   Seeing a person face to face is vastly different than what one gets from a picture or over the phone. The guy wants to know if the woman’s pictures were from 10 years ago and if she really is physically appealing. Women want to see if the man is dressed appropriately,  makes effort  and get a feel for his personality. I’ve never gotten as much information from a phone call as I do in five minutes in person. I might enjoy a phone call, but if I’m not minimally interested in a man physically, it will never translate into something more.

  5. 25
    Barbara

    L

    Congrats on finding and choosing a great guy! I hope to be in your shoes soon!

    Why don’t enough men show effort?

    I’ve learned from Evan that men show effort when they  really want to be with you and they know they will lose you unless they step up.

    From my point of view as a woman, it’s not a man’s job to show me effort. It’s my job to refuse to date men who don’t.

    1. 25.1
      L

      Barbara, I think that is right – a man who wants to be with oh will show effort.   However, with OLD a lot of decent people get jaded and as EMK notes, the incentives are to not put in a lot of effort for a woman at first.   I think effort should be obvious for date #2.

      It honestly took me a while to really develop the confidence to send a man packing if he wasn’t showing me enough effort.   At my age (38) and my status as a single parent, it was hard to meet decent guys.   A lot of men my age are married.   If they are single, they want a younger women to start a family.   Men a bit older than me are perpetual bachelors (generally emotionally unavailable commitment phobes with spotty relationship histories) or recently divorced (emotionally unavailable and financially stretched).   So finding an emotionally available man   looking for a relationship with enough resources and energy to plan dates is like finding a needle in a haystack.

      Good guys are out there – I didn’t believe it until I swiped right and met my guy.   Reading this blog plus the book The Case For Settling (I think that’s the title) were very eye opening and even then, it took me years to find someone who was worthy of being my partner.   (I don’t say that from the sense of entitlement – I mean that it took a long time to find a kind, intelligent, emotionally available, financially secure, relationship oriented man in his 40s).

      1. 25.1.1
        Barbara

        L

        So finding an emotionally available man   looking for a relationship with enough resources and energy to plan dates is like finding a needle in a haystack.

        Agreed. I’m 55 and divorced after a 22-year marriage. I’ve dated several men since I left my ex in 2014. Our divorce came through in 2015.

        After going out on more dates than I can count and having a few unhealthy relationships, I’ve found a man like you describe–except we’ve only been dating six weeks; so it’s too soon to tell if he will claim be as his significant other.

        However, our relationship is different than any I’ve ever had, thanks to following Evan’s advice. I met him one of the few times I decided not to use the 2/2/2 rule–we went on our first date after a single phone call and he took me to dinner, not out for drinks.

        For me, he is a 7 in chemistry/looks and a 10 in compatibility, as Evan suggests. Through following Evan’s advice and that of an article (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-love/201205/how-develop-your-attraction-the-right-person) by the author of “Deeper Dating,” Ken Page, I’m learning to be attracted to a person who has beautiful inner qualities and to avoid “hot” charismatic men.

        The man I’m dating is not jumping into a committed relationship with me. When he wanted to have sex, I asked him if he’d keep seeing me if   we did and he said “I can’t promise that.” I thanked him for his honestly and we’ve just continued to hang out, joke around, make out, and get to know one another.

        Again following Evan’s advice, I never call him or make plans. He calls me the day after each date, calls a few times during the week just to talk, and has made plans for every weekend since we met–except the weekend that occurred after  I told him to stop contacting me because he wasn’t looking for a serious relationship   like I was.

        Fortunately, he kept texting me anyway. I finally realized my old pattern of instant-commitment has never worked; so I needed to learn to take it slow and judge this man on his efforts–something I’d never done before. So I agreed to see him again.

        He’s never been married, which I could have sees as a red flag. But the way I look at it, I’ve been married twice–once for a few months when I was very young and once for 22 years. Overall, both were unhappy experiences. So being married is no guarantee of being wise in love.

        I was the opposite–clueless in love, until I found Evan’s blog and read “Why He Disappeared” and “Finding the One Online.” In fact, the man I’m dating wondered why I hadn’t been able to make a 22 year marriage work. So we could both judge each other based on our past love lives but have decided, instead, to get to know the people we are today. When I asked why he kept pursuing me when I’d told him to to, he said he figured since I’d been married for 22 years, I just didn’t know how dating works.

        Without telling him, I’m giving him eight weeks to claim me. If he doesn’t, I’m cutting him off for good. But, even in that case, because of him, I know I’m capable of meeting a man like him–someone who matches the type of person I am  and who’s confident, sensitive, gentle, self-reflective, masculine, humble, mentally healthy, and who sees me as I am and likes the real me, not a person I’m pretending to be so he’ll keep liking me.

        I had to become the person I am now to find a man like him attractive and to treat him the way he deserves to be treated. In turn, even though he hasn’t claimed me yet, he treats me like meeting me was one of the best things that has ever happened to him.

        He still asks for sex whenever we make out, however, and I keep saying no because we’re not a couple yet, and he keeps asking for another date anyway.

        Stay tuned.

        1. ScottH

          Barbara-   Sounds very promising.   Thanks for sharing.   If I may suggest, since he seems to be doing so many things right, maybe be a little flexible on your 8 week goal, like 8.5-9 weeks.

        2. Barbara

            
          ScottH
          Barbara-   Sounds very promising.   Thanks for sharing.   If I may suggest, since he seems to be doing so many things right, maybe be a little flexible on your 8 week goal, like 8.5-9 weeks.

          Thanks. Since you’re a guy, I’ll take your suggestion because what can it hurt. I feel like such a grown up dating a man for as long as I have this one without jumping into a crash and burn short-lived relationship or, worse, marriage.

        3. Buck25

          Barbara, I’m gonna co-sign with Scott on this one.   It might not fit anybody’s preconceived time frame but given all the circumstances you describe, I say give him a bit longer to finish coming around to claiming you as a girlfriend (I assume he wouldn’t keep dating you, knowing where your boundaries are, for this long if he wasn’t leaning pretty far that way). I’m assuming you two are already exclusive, of course.

          By the way, someone who waits until later in life to get married for the first time isn’t necessarily afraid of commitment. For example, I had a woman friend, who was in her late forties and had never married. Wasn’t for lack of opportunity; she was an extremely attractive woman with a great personality, who never lacked for eligible men to date, yet she rarely kept one for more than a couple of months, before dropping him. It’s telling that several of her female friends were quite delighted to marry some of her “cast-offs”. She’s tell every close friend who inquired, that she knew exactly what she wanted, she wasn’t going to settle down, let alone get married, until she found the right guy, and she’d know it when she met him…and she did! She finally met the right guy, and this time, everything clicked. They got engaged in less than six months, married within a year, and some 20 years later are still happily married. Makes me wonder if some of those who wait for what they know they want (provided they actually do know), aren’t smarter that some of us who try committing one, two, three (or more) times, and screw it up each time.

        4. Barbara

          Buck25

            I’m assuming you two are already exclusive, of course.

          No we aren’t–at least I’m not. I don’t know what he’s doing.

          I’m following Evan’s advice to not take down my dating profile and to keep going on dates with other men until this one claims me. Until he does that, he’s not my significant other; we’re just two people dating.

          This is not how I operated when other online dating men seems promising. I hid or took down my profile and acted like he was “the one” and, in every case, I soon found out he wasn’t.

          So, since meeting the current man, I’ve continued to message a minimum of two men per day. I haven’t asked him whether or not he’s actively dating other women but I do know his profile is still up. When he goes a day or two without calling, he tells me what he’s been up to, but I never ask him to do that.

          Also, the week when I told him to stop contacting me, after texting me a couple of times, he noticed that I’d viewed his profile on Our Time, a.k.a. Senior People Meet. I’d done it totally by mistake because the way that crazy site and other People Media sites are set up is really confusing. So it appeared that an old message by him was a new one and when I tried to open it, the site took me to his profile. That’s when he wrote me on the site and said “I see you viewed my profile. Do you want to meet?” and I agreed.

          Since then, I haven’t viewed his profile again because I don’t want to appear that I’m checking up on him. Based on his run down of his daily affairs, I suspect he’s not seeing any one else because he doesn’t have the time to–unless he’s been lying about his activities, which is highly doubtful.

          I haven’t gone on any other dates (except a 30 minute regrettable one last night). But I have been in conversations with other men online.  So, once again, regarding your assumption, no we’re not exclusive. But, if I he asked me to be his and took down his profile, I’d gladly say yes and take down mine.

        5. Barbara

          Buck25

          I said:  

          I haven’t gone on any other dates (except a 30 minute regrettable one last night).  

          This is in defense of 2/2/2: On here, I’ve talked about making the most out of every date and that is my standard modus operandi.  But last night’s date showed up reeking of alcohol, creepily invaded my personal space, and spent 20 minutes reciting a monologue about his late wife of 38 years and how, because of her, he would forever be attracted to black women (he was white).

          It was one of the few times I didn’t put a man through the 2/2/2 rule vetting process. Unlike what happened with the man I’ve been seeing for the past six weeks, last night’s non-2/2/2 date  turned out to be a disaster. It was, hands down, my worst date ever. I threw caution to the wind and met the man at a restaurant after a few messages the same day. Big mistake. I had to duck into the bathroom to call my teenage daughter and ask her to call me and act like a major emergency had happened so I’d have an excuse to run out of the restaurant. I kid you not.

          I hope the guy gets the help he needs but I was under no obligation to endure him last night.

        6. Barbara

          Well, six weeks and done and not down about it because I’ve followed Evan’s advice. The guy I’d been dating uncharacteristically texted me last night:

          “How are you?”

          Wondering why he’d reverted to texting instead of his usual phone call and not wanting to engage in a conversation by text, I kept my reply brief:

          “Great!”

          “Anything else?” he asked.

          “Too much to text.”

          Then I pulled up an article by Evan that I’ve bookmarked for just such occasions (https://www.evanmarckatz.com/blog/dating-tips-advice/how-much-time-you-should-give-a-guy-to-commit-before-you-quit/) and reread this:

          There’s a huge difference between giving a guy six weeks to choose you over the other women he’s dating… and to be a sucker for hanging around when you’re merely (and clearly) his “once a week” girl.

          So, realizing, that the guy was suddenly deescalating his efforts in our relationship instead of escalating them like Evan says a man does when he wants to be your boyfriend, I called the guy and basically said, as Evan suggests in the article (and while I stood at my computer literally reading these lines from the article):

          “Hey, it’s been fun getting to know you, but I get the sense that we’re not on the same page. I need a man who is looking for a relationship and you don’t seem to be that guy. No hard feelings, but I’m going to go find that guy. Best of luck in your search. Take care of yourself.” I told him that this time was really it.

          The guy replied that he was looking for someone to hang out with to replace friends he’d lost and that I had been very important to him at a time in his life when he needed to meet me and couldn’t we still be friends since that’s what he wanted.

          “No,” I said, “Because that’s not what I want. I’m looking for a lover and friend to spend the rest of my life with. ” I could clearly hear Evan saying, from the same article:

          If he expresses no interest in escalating the intensity of the relationship… That’s EXACTLY the relationship that HE wants! Low-intensity. Low-pressure. Low commitment. Low drama. He wins. You lose. He’s content. You’re not.

          The guy asked me if I was angry (as if the idea that I would be was strange). I said I was (because I was, although I wasn’t loud or bitter about it). But, I said, I wasn’t angry at him. I was angry at me for mismanaging my expectations. This was true. He wasn’t a bad person, I realized. He just had different goals than me, which was the conclusion I’d come to when I broke it off with him the first time.

          I told him that, this time, if he contacted me, I didn’t want to be rude, but I just would not reply.

          Basically, we ended at that. I deleted him from my contacts. Put him on my phone’s auto-reject list. Blocked him on Our Time/Senior People Meet.

          To me, encountering him has been a victory on many levels: I’m not depressed about THE END. I cut him loose after giving the almost-relationship a reasonable time. I saw the signs that we were going nowhere, paid attention to them, and, for the most part, made a graceful exit.

        7. CaliforniaGirl

          Good luck with that!!

          I had to end a 5 months relationship with a man who couldn’t commit. He behaved like a boyfriend but never called me his gf and I never met his friends or family (he met my friends). For the last couple of months he would make plans with his friends and would tell me last minute that he is busy this weekend or he has a dinner with a friend.   He stopped planning any dates and only wanted me to come over. When I broke up with him, he swore he doesn’t see anyone else but cannot let me into his life because of his previous bad relationships. I just stopped answering his texts and calls and they ceased after few weeks. Still painful and disappointing..Don’t wait more than 2 months, I made a mistake to make it to 5!

        8. Mr_B

          If you aren’t willing to have sex after 6 weeks of dating, I hope you are splitting the costs and coming up with entertainment options.

      2. 25.1.2
        Yet Another Guy

        @L

        So finding an emotionally available man   looking for a relationship with enough resources and energy to plan dates is like finding a needle in a haystack.

         

        I find this attitude among single mothers to be perplexing.   Guys who are divorced and stretched financially are stretched because a single mother is receiving a huge chunk of their after tax compensation every month.   I would think that a single mother who is receiving child support and possibly alimony would understand this predicament.   Just because a man does not have a ton of money to pay for dates does not mean that he is not a good man.   Most divorced men who do not have a lot of money to spend on dates do not have money specifically because they are good men who pay child support and alimony religiously.   The check is always there before the 1st.   I pay a sizable percentage of my after tax income per month in child support and other associated costs such as health insurance coverage and medical co-pays.   Thankfully, my ex also earns a good salary or the amount would be even larger.   States do not base child support on what a couple spends every month.   They base child support on what a couple earns every month.   That penalizes men like me who came out of marriages where we lived on fraction of our income.

         

        1. L

          YAG – I have expenses too as a single parent.   I contribute the lions share of my kids’ support.   But if a guy invites me out he should pay.   If I invite out I pay.   I am happy to do so.   But doing the uncomfortable check dance is awkward.   I doubt an extra $25 or so breaks the bank.   No need to pick anywhere fancy – pick an affordable place.   I don’t order the most expensive thing on the menu.   I follow your cues.   I only order an appetizer if you suggest one.   I stick to one glass of one unless you suggest a second.   But I do want to feel special on a date and I am happy to reciprocate if we go out for drinks afterwards or go out again.

          My current boyfriend is a single dad, by the way, he pays sometimes and I pay sometimes.

  6. 26
    ames

    The fellas seem to really be angry that women look somewhat different from photos. I’ve had it happen several times when meeting men, to the point I struggled to pick them out of the crowd when arriving to the date. I think people generally don’t realize they’re that much balder, older or heavier than their photos. I stick around to see if there’s a connection and we have things in common. This whole vibe of “I spend money therefore I deserve hot person” really creeps me out. Total cave man vibe. And ladies, if he buys drinks or dinner, insist on buying him an ice cream or coffee. Do it with a smile and make sure he understand it’s your nurturing personality driving that and not a tit for tat so you’re not beholden. Believe the best of each other and invest a little bit.

  7. 27
    Buck25

    Ames,

    When I was doing the OLD thing, I remember one woman who started her profile essay with.”If I meet you, and you don’t look like your profile photo, you agree to buy me drinks until you do!” If I ever go online again, I think I might use that one myself. I always tried to have photos no more than six months old and labeled them as to the date they were taken. It’s not hard, on any site that lets one caption photos. Believe me when I tell you that men certainly have no monopoly on using photos ten years (or more) old, and at least fifty pounds lighter. If there was any way to require all online photos to have a time and date stamp in the picture (most cameras other than cell phones have the capability, after all), I for one would be all for it. It’s the nature of the medium,; on the internet anyone can represent themselves to be almost anything they want. As long as that’s the case, there will be plenty of both genders lying to the other….and to themselves.

    1. 27.1
      Chance

      I don’t know Buck25, if you put that in your profile, that might be a tough egg to unscramble lol.   I understand the desire to do so, however.

    2. 27.2
      Buck25

      Chance,

      Actually, I’m not so sure about that. Right before I quit, I had a pretty challenging, (and pretty snarky) profile out there, and I had a line in there that was a humorous   reference to “What you see is what you get” with a pretty clear implication I expected the same in return. I wiped that profile when I took it down, so   can’t remember the exact wording; but for what it’s worth, that profile, compared to everything else I used before, was money,   in terms of initial and reply contacts from women I’d actually want to date. Hands down the best results I ever had online. I think you can get away with a lot, (I know I do in real life), if you’re cocky as hell, and say   it in a funny way.

    3. 27.3
      Yet Another Guy

      My profile photos are less than a year old, but I need to shoot new ones because I am actually lighter than I was when I shot those photos.

      1. 27.3.1
        Buck25

        YAG, if that were me, I’d definitely get be getting some new pics up; everything helps, but nothing tops good visuals.

  8. 28
    Lia

    To Karl R:

    As always I love the anecdotal lesson. I admit I look for your posts. You are a self a aware man and it shows. I remember years ago when I took a long look at my past relationships to see if I could discern why they didn’t work. I found that the one single common denominator in every relationship I had was… me. If I wanted something different then I would have to change how I did things, the choices I made, and the beliefs that I held on to that were not working. I read things about men that were written by men because I felt that men knew much more about men than women did. I seek to understand and I appreciate the clear, analytical comments that you post.

    FYI I typically just skip Stacy2’s comments because I have learned that too much eye rolling makes my head hurt.

    To Buck 25:

    That line “If I meet you and you don’t look like your profile photo, you agree to buy me drinks until you do” is a GREAT line!!! I had a friend who wrote, “If your age range does not include your own age, don’t write to me. If you won’t date someone your age, why should I?” She got a lot of comments about that and several men changed their age range because of it.

     

  9. 29
    Christine

    I am now happily married to a man I met online after hundreds of dates over eight years. (Reading ‘Why He disappeared’ changed my mindset btw and was fantastically helpful to me). I strongly feel the ‘first date’ is not a date but a ‘meeting’ where you discover if there is   attraction/compatibility etc.   Why would you want to sit through dinner with someone who it turns out is definitely not who you are looking for? It should be a couple of drinks over a shortish time, then if he is interested and is a quality guy, he will ask you for a dinner date. If he doesn’t then both of you have lost nothing and can move on to the next person. Simples!

    1. 29.1
      Yet Another Guy

      Why should a first date/meeting by short? If a meeting is going well, why end it after a drink? I have no time limit when I meet a woman for drinks; however, I have encountered women who cut a date short after a glass of wine who were amazed that I did not contact them for a second date. They thought things were going to so well. My reply has always been, “If things were going so well, why did you leave?” To me, that is playing games.

  10. 30
    Mike

    Women only have themselves to blame that men don’t want to take them on dinnerdates anymore. There are women out there that will use men to get a free meal, also known as Tinder meal tickets. No man want to risk being used like that, so they will keep it cheap and casual instead.

    1. 30.1
      Barbara

      Not the men I date. There will always be people who take advantage of others. This is true of men and women. You can’t blame all for the bad behavior of some.

      1. 30.1.1
        L

        Barbara, sorry the relationship didn’t work out. :(. In my experience a lot of those guys who have been single all their lives are tough to get to commit.   Not always of course – there are always outliers – but most of them are commitment phobes and follow relationship patterns as you describe.

        A man who wants a commitment will claim you fairly early on.   If he really likes you he wants to make sure no one else will have you.   If he hasn’t done that by 3 months, it is time to cut him off.    If men like you but aren’t sure about you beyond a companion to hang out with every so often, they  will reach out to you and see you when it is convenient for them, but they won’t prioritize seeing you and talking to you. After a while, they start canceling and it becomes obvious that they aren’t shifting things in their lives to make sure they have time to see you.

        Good for you for cutting your guy off and reading he signals correctly.   Don’t be mad at yourself!   You have him a chance and when it was clear that he was stringing you along, you confronted the situation rather than focus on positive signs to trick yourself into thinking he was going to commit.

        1. ScottH

          Barbara- I agree with L.   Good for you for cutting him off.   He was clearly using you.

        2. Barbara

          L and ScottH

          L: Don’t be mad at yourself!   You have him a chance and when it was clear that he was stringing you along, you confronted the situation rather than focus on positive signs to trick yourself into thinking he was going to commit.

          ScottH:  Good for you for cutting him off.   He was clearly using you.

          I’m glad I cut it off too but I’m not at mad at myself or him. I don’t think he was maliciously using me. I think he just wants what he wants: a friend he could have in his life on his terms. I want the same thing: a man I can have in my life on my terms. The difference is, unlike him, a central part of my terms is having that man be my significant other. Our goals were different, that’s all. I don’t see this as a character flaw on his part.

          However, given his past experiences and his current behavior, the idea that he’s afraid of commitment isn’t far-fetched, L. But he isn’t a bad man. In fact, he’s one of the nicest and most sincere people I’ve ever met.

          Still, I am very proud of myself for moving on. Not long ago, I would have held on for who knows how long because he hit so many of the marks I was looking for in a man. I would have ignored the big one that he didn’t hit–wanting to be my significant other and showing it.

        3. L

          Barbara, your attitude is great!   I have met wonderful men who are afraid of commitment.   It is something within them that keeps them from fully attaching but I agree – they can be great guys which is why it can be so hard to let go.   I hope the next guy you find is a keeper!

      2. 30.1.2
        Buck25

        Barbara,

        Sorry to hear it worked out that way, but given what he told you toward the end, it was clearly time to drop him and move on. Basically, you gave him enough of a chance; enough time and he pretty much showed his real intentions

  11. 31
    Mrs Happy

    The OP is in a terrible place of not being the person with the power to initiate in the early stage of dating, and wanting control over venue, but realistically having limited control.

    She asks how to convert an invitation for drinks, into an invitation for dinner.

    I’ve been thinking about this all day since reading the post, and I don’t think it’s polite to try to do this (convert by her direct request), primarily because the man is initiating and paying.

    I say this despite rarely having gone on drinks or coffee dates as 1st dates (I don’t like coffee or drinking) and having almost always gone out to dinner for the 1st date…. but that’s because that was the invitation issued to me. I have dated a lot.

    I agree with the people who say, coffee dates are suboptimal with respect to making an effort. The few I’ve been on felt like a screening process, and tended to be suggested by men who were jaded by the whole dating experience, and it really showed. I think, looking back, those men were tired. I’ve thus not been energetic about these men while we have been together on the date, and so the coffee date hasn’t led anywhere. I didn’t dress up or make up as much as I would have for an evening out, so I wasn’t feeling as sexy, they similarly didn’t dress up, the flirtation vibe thus wasn’t there as much. They were perhaps more cynical than the other men. I feel for them, especially having read in these comments about the reality of the cost of dating, for men. I understand why a coffee seems a reasonable option for the man who is paying for numerous dates. I totally understand that from the man’s point of view, for the purposes of screening, a drink rather than dinner is preferable.

    Though I recall one man I went on 2 dates with, who was very rich but obviously wary of being taken advantage of for his money, and for our 2nd date we went on a relaxed walk through a beautifully situated enormous public garden park. We strolled for 1-2 hours, it cost nothing, and we talked and got to know each other. This to me seems preferable than sitting in a coffee shop, if money is restricted. Gosh it was useful walking side by side because the conversation flowed while we walked and looked around at the plants, and we spoke of much more in depth topics, because we weren’t looking at one another.

    I have never in my entire life been asked to a pub for the 1st date. I totally agree with Stacy2, I despise pubs, they are grimy, noisy, smelly, they have icky food, usually too loud or yucky music, and are dank, unpleasant places to be. All that undoubtably impacts on the vibe of the outing.

    OP, I don’t know why you are being asked to pubs and I wasn’t. Maybe I knew the men better before the 1st date? Maybe I somehow unconsciously let them know I wasn’t likely to enjoy a pub or coffee (I can’t recall explicitly stating such, but people pick up on all sorts of things). Probably I also screened for more positive, interested men, without appreciating I was doing such.

    My one caveat is, if you are living in Ireland, pub dates seem to be where it’s all at. Thankfully I am nowhere near Ireland!

    Good luck.

  12. 32
    Huarg

    I would describe classic dating scene as prostitution. Man is the customer, woman is the seller.

    The entire classic dating scene is about humiliating males. The traditional idea is; females have an inherent value while males dont, so males need to prove their worth in order to reach the same level of that inherent value. So they have to initiate relationship, pick up her, pay for dates, drive her home, be a chivalrious gentleman, kind, polite, accepting whatever she is or she does… etc.

    Females usually say; it is not about money, we want to feel desired and valuable.

    Thats also what men want. It is not about money (well, in serial date culture it may be an issue for most males because they will end up paying lots of money in total). In a relationship both male and female are valuable, not only the female. By expecting males to pay for you, you simply tell them “im so valuable, prove yourself you worth my time”, and that’s disgusting.

    I find it extremely humiliating and an insult to me if a female expect me to pay for her expenses. Im not there to make you feel like princess or a goddess, im not going to worship you, im not trying to impress you with all that romantic nonsense in the beginning of the relationship. I’m trying to get to know you.

    Females feel they are entitled to any men’s money and effort,   and men are stupid. Call it romance, call it “men should be men”, call it courtesy… whatever you call it, it will not change the fact that this is prostitution and an insult.

    Some will say “man up and pay”, i say “man up and dont pay”. Because paying is easy, not paying requires courage. And this payment not only about money, it is about the entire dating scene, dont make any form of payment. Stop feeding the instutie of prostitution.

    1. 32.1
      Evan Marc Katz

      You sound very courageous, Huarg…not to mention sad, lonely, and bitter.

      1. 32.1.1
        Tron Swanson

        When it comes to arguments and debates, I’m more interested in logic than emotion…and what he said sounds very logical, to me. I don’t know what his emotional state has to do with it.

        I’m simply baffled by the idea of paying to spend time with a woman via dating. It really does imply that her time/presence is more valuable than mine, which is just ridiculous. I can’t imagine what it must be like to waste a bunch of money on women. I’ve “only” wasted time and effort, luckily.

        That said, Evan, I applaud you for defying gender roles and focusing on the emotional context of what he said–even if it was to insult him–which is something that women usually do. Though I may not care about emotion in debates, emotion is very important in our personal lives, and we need to talk more about valuing and protecting men’s emotions.

        1. Evan Marc Katz

          Listen, Tron. If you are happy with the results in your love life, keep doing them. My guess is that men who go on strike from calling, planning, paying for women – men who are more focused on “fairness” than getting results – are probably not getting very good results. There IS a way to do well with women, and it requires not ignoring what women want. You can stake the claim that you refuse to give it to them but that makes you no different than a feminist who feels she doesn’t have to be sweet to you just because it’s “feminine”. Whatever works, man.

        2. Tron Swanson

          Evan,

          No, I’m not entirely happy with the results, but I’m also not willing to do things that I’m not comfortable with or don’t believe in.

          As for not ignoring what women want…I have no problem with giving women what they want, as long as I also get what I want. But I’m not willing to give them what they want before I get what I want. That, in my experience, tends to be the issue.

          Thank you for comparing me to a feminist–culturally speaking, I consider them to be a highly influential group, and I can think of no better model to use. Also, for obvious reason, I sympathize with women who aren’t comfortable with traditional gender roles.

        3. GoWiththeFlow

          Huarg & Tron,

          I make more money than everyone in my family and virtually all of my friends.   More often than not I wind up picking up all or the majority of the tab when we do things together.   My life would be awful lonely and boring if I decided that  people were unfairly “devaluing” me as a human being because they expect  or want me to cover the majority of expenses.

          In many cases, the experience would not happen at all if I didn’t fund it.   I gladly do so because it’s the memory of shared friendship, love, and experiences that will make me smile when I’m on my death bed.

        4. Shaukat

          Hi GWTF,

          The difference is clear between your example and what the other two posters were talking about. You’re referring to giving freely and happily to the loved ones in your life, not to strangers who you just met. You might change your tune if you were expected to pick up the tab for every person you met online and went on a date with, regardless of the outcome. I realize guys need to suck it up most of the time, but you should at least   be aware of the difference between paying for people we love and for first dates.

        5. GoWiththeFlow

          Shaukat,

          Here were the statements that I was responding too:

          “I find it extremely humiliating and an insult to me if a female expect me to pay for her expenses.”

          “I can’t imagine what it must be like to waste a bunch of money on women.”

          “In a relationship both male and female are valuable, not only the female. By expecting males to pay for you, you simply tell them “im so valuable, prove yourself you worth my time”, and that’s disgusting.”

          These statements are pretty darn expansive.   Way beyond “It’s not fun to  pay for dates.”   Sounds like they don’t want to pay for anything for any female at any time. . . because humiliation, prostitution, and not being valued.

        6. Tron Swanson

          GWTF,

          I can’t speak for the others…but, in my case, yes, I don’t see why we should have to spend money on fellow self-sufficient adults. Now, if you’re a couple, I can see pooling money, which is different.

        7. Nissa

          Tron, in the spirit of genuinely helping you to see this from the other side, a first date is an opportunity for both sides to show interest and appreciation.

          Women, being in general more open to emotion and usually in charge of how physical the date is likely to be, show interest by physical acts (smiling, touching herself or her date, comments of ‘thank you’ or ‘nice to meet you’. If a woman is to remain in her feminine energy, however, she is mostly limited to reacting to what the man is saying / doing  / offering. More than that is often seen as ‘taking a leadership or masculine role’ – often a mood killer that can cause a man to see his date as domineering, critical or controlling.

          Men, being in general less open to emotion and generally testing the waters to find the boundary for physical contact, show interest by the physical (small touches but not too much, pulling out a chair, opening a door), but are less likely to use their verbal or emotional skills on a first date. (Not that men can’t, but are less likely to do so in a high pressure situation with a new person). As a result, many men find paying for the date to be an EASY way to show interest. It’s understood, it pleases most women and opens the door (often) to more physical contact. In my opinion, that’s why men do it. Not because women or society demand it. Because it’s EASY, and men like easy just as much as women do .

      2. 32.1.2
        Huarg

        Women nowadays have financial independance and freedom and they got this by embracing the feminist ideals, by radically opposing the traditional gender roles. But they dont want to get the responsibilities that must come with that power and freedom, like (any form of) paying for men, at least share the expenses. Now it is time for men to embrace this ideals and oppose their traditional gender roles. If men shared their power with women, women will share men’s responsibilities and this can only be achieved if men radically oppose their gender roles.

        The traditional idea that female have an inherent value while males not, leads not only to “men pay for dates” thing. This is a huge problem, it even leads to “only men should die in wars, in order to keep women safe”. Do you understand now, how actually important is that? But thats not our topic right now.

        Maybe im bitter and lonely maybe not. You can keep on your presumptions and ad hominem attacks, which i dont care because it shows your way of debating, not mine.

        Our way of thinking is fundamentally different. Im 27 y old and i only asked out 2 times, other than that ive always been aproached. For me, all women are my friends and i never approach in order to get a relationship, sex, or something special, it is always casual and friendly, nothing more. But i act flirtatious and show attention if i want to. I am not desperate for a relationship or sex. This is entirely different from what traditional relationships are and how they operate, because traditionally, the main reason why men pursue women desperately is they need to be loved and they need female approval, their only chance to have some affection, because they were never allowed to be emotional in all their life and hide their needs and emotions. Your advices may work for vast majority, especially for older generation because they are mostly more traditional than my generation, and i am not trying to debunk you. Im talking for men who doesnt like the current norms and want to change them.

        And even if i dont say anything, it will happen and is happening already. A few decades ago noone would dare to mention that women must work and contribute financially, or going dutch for dates, now these are the new topics that everyone can talk about.

        It is not about ignoring what women need, it is about men also have their own need list and these should be spoken a bit more loudly.

        1. Evan Marc Katz

          We’ve heard you, Huarg. Since this is a site for smart, strong, successful women who want to find lasting love, you may return to whatever site better caters to your worldview.

        2. GoWiththeFlow

          Huarg,

          “But they dont want to get the responsibilities that must come with that power and freedom, like (any form of) paying for men, at least share the expenses”

          LOL!!!   I’ll be sure to pass your concerns on to my women friends and colleagues who have SAHD’s, paid off their husband’s student loans, totally supported the family while the husbands changed jobs, paid the medical expenses of dads and FILs, financially supported their sons, including putting them through college, and have given cars to grandsons.

  13. 33
    Huarg

    Gowiththeflow,

    What i have said is only for dating and relationship between men and women. You know, women can also pay for their friends, they can spend for their families, useless but expensive things, even for their pets, but whenever dating scene starts women stop doing that, may not even spend a ten dollars, and expect men to take charge (agency) and responsibilities (paying, drive her home, deciding where to go) with it. These are principles, fundamental logic of traditional dating.

    I also paid for both men and women, and they did that too. I bought gifts and received. I helped them and received help. But those were not obligations, or social expectations. If you don’t do that you will not be labeled as “less man” or “loser”. But in a dating scene it seen as an obligation, an unwritten archaic law, and if you deny the rule you might be labeled as “less man”.

    “if I didn’t pay, I wouldn’t have a date”. As long as you think that this is the only way to have relationship, to be loved, it will remain as that. But new generations will growing in a different culture and will not think like you. Or they will not think like “i have to pay for women or I will not be loved, I will not have a family” like most men do. I understand it is much more harder to deny gender roles for previous generation, especially for men. But the definition of “woman” has changed a lot, so the definition of “man” will also change dramatically.

    1. 33.1
      GoWiththeFlow

      Huarg,

      From one of your other comments:

      “Im 27 y old and i only asked out 2 times, other than that ive always been aproached. For me, all women are my friends and i never approach in order to get a relationship, sex, or something special, it is always casual and friendly, nothing more. But i act flirtatious and show attention if i want to. I am not desperate for a relationship or sex.”

      So in truth, you’re NOT paying for dates or paying women’s expenses. . .

  14. 34
    Huarg

    Very well Mr. Evan, as you wish. What I have said will also benefit those successful women that trying to find their love.

    I would like to thank you for not disapproving my comments.

    1. 34.1
      Evan Marc Katz

      You’re welcome, Huarg. Unfortunately, the main way you’re helping women is by reminding them of what they don’t want in a man: a guy who is so focused on fairness that he forgets the importance of chivalry, generosity, and the value of making a woman feel special. It’s not too late for you to change and be more effective with women, however, I suspect you will continue to do what you’re doing and wonder why the only women you get are highly insecure. It’s because they’re the ones who put up with crumbs from men.

      1. 34.1.1
        shaukat

          It’s because they’re the ones who put up with crumbs from men.

        Or it could be because they’re overwhelmed with chemistry and feel a strong connection…or because they have certain feminist beliefs, or any other number of reasons.

        I realize in most cases it’s effective for the man to pay, but that statement seems to be a bit of a tautological back flip: stating that high quality women expect men to plan and pay, and then defining a  high quality woman  as  someone who wants to be courted. It becomes true by definition.

        1. Evan Marc Katz

          I suppose that’s a way to look at it. But if high quality women with high self esteem stopped texting aloof men, agreeing to meet them after no courtship and refused to sleep with them until they made it clear they were interested in a relationship, it would seem to me that this would, in fact, be a self-fulfilling prophesy. The women left would be the ones who didn’t have the confidence to say no to men who expect to get laid with a late night text, no phone calls, no dinners and no commitment.

        2. Chance

          To shaukat’s point: I’ve noticed the terms “high quality woman” and “high quality man” being tossed around quite a bit here by a number of commenters, and the whole concept is BS.   A “high quality” man/woman is whatever people want him/her to be based on the traits that are important to them.   It’s a tool that is used to shame the other party into compliance (e.g., “A high quality person would do this for me”, “I expect you to do this for me since I’m a high quality person”, etc.).

        3. KK

          Just because you don’t like a concept doesn’t mean it’s B.S. I highly doubt Evan would speak about it if that were the case.

          Are you also opposed to other terms like high quality health care or high quality food or high quality restaurant or high quality hotel? Or does it only bother you because you don’t think people should be described that way?

          If so, is it okay to say that your doctor’s office has a high quality staff or that your favorite restaurant has a high quality chef? They’re people. What if you were to say that your waitress was terrible, i.e., low quality? Is that wrong or is it simply a fact?

          Saying someone is a high quality man or woman doesn’t imply that someone low quality does not have the same worth as a human being. It simply means that in terms of relationships, high quality men and women are the most desired. If you want to make a long detailed list of all the characteristics of high quality men / women, you might eventually have some individual preferences. But the big things like character / integrity and all that implies is at the top.

          I’ve NEVER read anything from Evan re manipulating others. His position is to only date quality men and if you discover he’s not quality, cut him loose.

        4. Shaukat

          Hi KK,

          The main distinction between dating and your examples, even the ones involving people, is that the latter are all based on the quality of services delivered. I think it’s obvious that, outside of business transactions,  it doesn’t make sense to speak that way about people and relationships.

          I agree with you that character and integrity are hallmarks of quality. However, I was referring specifically to the manner in which the indicator “high quality” is applied to courtship. In other words, I was simply pointing out that ‘high quality’ can be compatible with a woman who expects a man to plan and pay, but a woman who doesn’t mind initiating and paying shouldn’t be excluded from that category based solely on that criteria.

        5. KK

          Shaukat,

          “The main distinction between dating and your examples, even the ones involving people, is that the latter are all based on the quality of  services delivered.  I think it’s obvious that, outside of business transactions,  it doesn’t make sense to speak that way about people and relationships”.

          What’s the difference between people you choose to have as friends and those you consciously avoid? Besides personality or common interests, why wouldn’t you become friends with certain people? Isn’t that where character and integrity (or lack thereof) come in? If so, then you are basing your friendships on quality, whether you call it that or not.

        6. KK

          Chance,

          Scroll up and read the thread. I responded to every one of your points. We just disagree on the issue. If your goal is to get women on here to give some weight to your opinions, simply provide a credible argument. Women are attracted to and therefore respond to masculine men who are chivalrous. Women are not attracted to and do not respond to men who complain about what is and isn’t fair. Quality men actually care about making the woman they’re interested in feel desired. It isn’t about effectiveness for them, although it’s effective.

        7. Chance

          *scratching my head*

           

          There still seems to be a disconnect.   My  only point is that the concept of a quality woman or man is whatever you want it to be, but you keep taking about the characteristics of “quality” men/women.   My aside was that Evan advises men to pay because it’s effective, not because it’s how the rules should be.

      2. 34.1.2
        Chance

        KK, again, a “quality” man/woman can be whatever you (generic you) want it to be.   As a result, the concept of a “quality” man/woman can be used as a manipulative tool when the term is associated with specific behaviors that are desired by the person using the term.   You may prefer for a man to pay for everything just because he’s a man, but the idea that this preference makes you a “quality” woman is highly debatable (just as the idea that a man who is willing to pay is a “quality” man – especially since the only reason he’s doing it is because it’s “effective”).

        1. KK

          Chance, again, I disagree.

          Courting, whether you want to do it or not, is effective because it’s part of what a quality man does. If you (generic you) are ONLY doing it for its effectiveness, or in an attempt to manipulate a woman, she’ll find that out.

          So yes, it’s true, a man can call, plan, pay, and still turn out to be less than what one would call high quality.

          BUT you can’t be a high quality man without first doing those things.

        2. Chance

          We seem to be speaking at cross-purposes because you aren’t directly responding to my points.   At any rate, I’ll remind you that Evan advises men to pay (for the first three dates) because it is  effective –  not because it is even remotely fair.

        3. Jeremy

          Chance, I see your logic, and I see where you would be coming from in thinking that the term “quality” is used to shame or manipulate people into self-serving behavior patterns.

           

          But ultimately the great manipulator is whatever it is that attracts us to certain people.   If a beautiful woman to whom you are attracted wants you to behave a certain way, and you find her attractive enough (in whatever physical and behavioral ways you need to be attracted), you’ll jump through her hoops.   And she will jump through yours if she feels the same way.   I guess my point is that the term “quality” is not the manipulator – attraction is.   If you aren’t attracted to the person, who cares what that person thinks “quality” means?

        4. Callie

          Can’t believe I’m agreeing with Chance but . . .

          Yeah. That’s totally what Evan recommends. Paying etc is an effective tactic, but it is not necessarily one that reflects quality. Yes one would hope that the reason behind paying is because the man knows a woman would enjoy that and he respects her wishes. But there are definitely many men who will do what’s effective not caring at all what the woman wants, just caring that this is what will get him a date/laid/whatever. He will do whatever it takes and it has absolutely nothing to do with what the woman wants at all.

          It’s honestly why I am suspicious of men who pay for dates, who bring flowers, pull out my chair etc. I look for far more than just those qualities when I go on a date with a man. Because so many have been trained “Do these things and a woman will like it”, not “Do these things and CALLIE will like it”. And some have realised “Do these outward displays and then you can otherwise be as big of a jerk as you want, all the women will love you so you can juggle multiple girls and lie to them etc and they’ll still think you’re a gentleman because, you know, flowers”. I have known far too many players (as friends, not as SOs) who have admitted to doing just that.

          That being said, if a guy demonstrates beyond those actions his goodness, I don’t mind such displays (I’ve never been crazy about being paid for, but if the guy really wants to do it I’ll let him, normally it’s a split the bill kind of situation). My boyfriend has stopped bringing me flowers because I really don’t like them, but he now brings chocolates (and a specific brand I DO like) because he wants to bring me something (I really don’t need him to bring me anything, but again, he wants to do it, he enjoys it, and I like chocolate so . . .). He also opens doors for me and because I know he is generally kind to all people, again, I don’t mind it.

          But yes, I don’t think paying and arranging a date is automatically the sign of a quality man at all.

        5. KK

          Callie,

          Upthread, I mentioned that:

          “So yes, it’s true, a man can call, plan, pay, and still turn out to be less than what one would call high quality”.

        6. Chance

          Hi Jeremy, I understand what you’re saying…. I agree that people can be more likely to allow themselves to be manipulated when they are very attracted to a person, or that they are more likely to go along with an arrangement that isn’t objectively fair.   However, in the context that I am speaking of, I believe people who use the term “quality man” or “quality woman” are being manipulative.

           

          For example, I happen to prefer women who pay their own way, or prefer to alternate paying for dates.   I’m going to go out on a limb a say that I believe that the vast majority of millennial men (and probably most Gen-X men) prefer this type of woman as well.   However, if men on the general whole began to say that women who expect to be paid for are not of “high quality”, or that men who don’t allow themselves to be used in this manner are “high quality”, then this would be a method of attempting to shame women into complying with the preferences of men, which is a form of manipulation IMO.

           

          Hi Callie, awwww… I bet we agree on a lot more than you are probably comfortable with admitting.   Probably enough to make you want to vom a little:)   I agree with your post, but you seem to be overly focused on the possibility that a man who pays may not be a good partner.   I’m sure you know, but I’ll just add that there are a lot men out there who would make great partners who don’t much like being expected to pay for things just because they’re men.

  15. 35
    Shaukat

    KK,

    I acknowledged that character and integrity are markers of quality, so yes, aside from common interests, I would want friends who exhibit the qualities associated with such states of being, such as kindness, empathy, loyalty, etc. Those traits, however, have really nothing to do with specific roles established through custom, and they apply equally to both men and women.

    Regarding your statement that you ‘can’t be a quality man’ without calling, planning, paying, well, that’s just an assertion backed up by nothing but your own preference and a lifetime of socialization. To provide  a counter example, there are some men, charming alpha-men in fact,  who believe that quality women are able to detach emotion from sex and don’t need to wait for commitment before sleeping together, and that women who are incapable of this have unrealistic expectations and a lot of emotional baggage. According to this definition, you would not fall into their category of a high quality woman. You would probably respond by stating that you wouldn’t consider men with such beliefs to high quality either, but then that just brings us back to the initial problem. Point being, neither their preferences or your own can objectively establish ‘high quality’ in the context of dating dynamics.

    1. 35.1
      KK

      Shaukat,

      What is it though that men who do not want to plan, call, pay and men who ‘next’ women who don’t put out quickly have in common? They’re both selfish. Too selfish to understand that a woman NEEDS to feel special. Too selfish to care that a woman NEEDS to be comfortable and be able to trust him before having sex. As a side note, in all my 42 years, I have never, not once, had a friend cry on my shoulder because she feared losing a great guy because she didn’t sleep with him soon enough.

      Do you really think women are losing sleep over these types of guys? Only the women who lowered their standards to go out with them in the first place. Confident women DO NOT CARE. We don’t need to. We can pass them up and choose between the high quality men who are courting us.

      1. 35.1.1
        GoWiththeFlow

        KK,

        “. . .  I have never, not once, had a friend cry on my shoulder because she feared losing a great guy because she didn’t sleep with him soon enough.”

        Very true for me too.   On the other hand, I’ve had several women friends who were upset and hurt because guys disappeared on them after sex and they blamed themselves for sleeping with the guy too soon.

    2. 35.2
      Jeremy

      @Shaukat, what you wrote is undoubtedly true – “quality” is subjective.   But is that a revelation and does it matter?   We each have our own definition of what we consider to be high quality, and other people’s definitions really don’t matter unless we plan to date/marry those people.   Problem is, most people DO plan to date/marry those people.

      As it happens, large swaths of the Western female population believe that a high quality man plans and pays…..so a smart man tries to fill that role to optimize his chances with that large swath, unless he feels strongly that doing so violates his personal morality.

  16. 36
    Shaukat

    @Jeremy,

    I absolutely agree with your point that since a large portion of women like to be courted, it’s an effective strategy for a man to court in order to optimize his chances. However, I’m not so sure that most women with character would automatically label men who are uncomfortable with paying for the entire first few dates as ‘low quality.’ I don’t have any real data to support this, of course, but most of the women who I’ve talked to about this have said that while they might be disappointed when a man they like doesn’t offer to pick up the tab on the first few dates, they would never make blanket judgments about his character based on that.

    @KK

    We seem to be going in circles, because your definition of ‘high quality’ continues to be based on a tautology. Moreover, everything in your last response was written from the woman’s perspective; your default position seems to be that a man’s job is to calibrate his actions based on what pleases a woman and what you believe a ‘high quality’ woman  NEEDS to feel special. We all agree that that’s probably an effective strategy for a man. However, I could easily flip that and state that ‘high quality’ men want women to act in a certain fashion, and that they couldn’t care less if low quality women who insist on being pampered walk away, because they can just take their pick from the independent, fun loving, confident women who enjoy hanging out without being courted. See how that logic works? Also,  a good portion of the men who court women aren’t high quality alphas, many are also insecure and needy and feel that they have to pay to earn a woman’s affections.

    1. 36.1
      KK

      Shaukat,

      “…because they can just take their pick from the independent, fun loving, confident women who enjoy hanging out without being courted”.

      Of course. That’s called friendship, not dating.

      “Also,  a good portion of the men who court women aren’t high quality alphas, many are also insecure and needy and feel that they have to pay to earn a woman’s affections”.

      That’s quite the generalization you made there. In my experience, true alphas are not what I would deem high quality. I think we can also agree that women aren’t swooning over insecure and needy men. Have you ever considered a middle ground? Normal, well adjusted confident men who don’t take issue with courting?

       

       

      1. 36.1.1
        Shaukat

        Sorry KK, I should have stated, “who enjoy hanging out and having sex without being courted,” which means more than just friendship.

        1. KK

          “Sorry KK, I should have stated, “who enjoy hanging out and having sex without being courted,” which means more than just friendship”

          It doesn’t mean MORE than just friendship. It means friendship that includes sex. FWB.

      2. 36.1.2
        KK

        I wanted to add another side note. Whenever I’ve been on a first date and realize I don’t want a second date, I’ve always insisted on paying my own way. From what I’ve been told (albeit anecdotal FWIW), this is a pretty common practice among the ladies. I don’t think the vast majority of women are trying to get strange men to pay for dinner / drinks or whatever. We understand that spending money on a stranger that you’ll never see again isn’t enjoyable and I think most of us are aware of that.

  17. 37
    KK

    Chance said,

    “*scratching my head*  There still seems to be a disconnect.   My  only  point is that the concept of a quality woman or man is whatever you want it to be, but you keep taking about the characteristics of “quality” men/women”.

    Yes, simply because MOST women can agree on the basic characteristics of what a quality man is. If you’d like me to elaborate on that list, I’d be happy to oblige. You are correct, though, that anyone’s list of characteristics can be subjective. I believe I already mentioned that.

    All the characteristics of a “quality man” won’t be discovered if he can’t make it past the first date. Whether it’s fair or not, MOST women won’t go out on a second date with someone who doesn’t pay. It doesn’t matter if she disqualifies him because he isn’t a “quality man”. If someone asks me out and allows me to split the tab, I’m going to assume he isn’t interested. If he asks me for a second date, I’ll decline. Why? Because I’m going to assume that even though he asked me out again his interest level isn’t high enough. Why waste time with someone who isn’t eager to get to know you better?

    You seem to be hung up on what characteristics constitute a man being a quality man. Honestly, it doesn’t matter, as long as you know that most women think a quality man starts out by planning, calling, paying.

    1. 37.1
      Emily, the original

      KK,

      Whether it’s fair or not, MOST women won’t go out on a second date with someone who doesn’t pay.  

      Yep, and his effort will come across as flim-flammy, flaccid. Women like a “man with a plan.” One who plans and pays (at least for the first couple of dates). If a man isn’t interested in dating and courting, if he wants to just hang out and hook up, that’s fine. Obviously, a woman who wants a relationship will have to look elsewhere.

      In terms of quality, a woman is supposed to look nice, put on make-up, shave, wear flattering clothes. I’m 45, and, frankly, tired of all the grooming, but men respond to women who doll up. It’s an effective strategy, then, for women to make the effort to look nice, whether I agree with it or not.

      1. 37.1.1
        Shaukat

        @Emily,

        False analogy. Men put in effort to groom and look good before  a date as well. I take it they’re not showing up to meet you in sweat pants. It takes no effort to throw on some nice clothes.

        1. Emily, the original

          Shaukat,

          I can guarantee you have never spent more than 15 to (tops) 30 minutes getting ready. Nor have you spent hundreds of dollars getting highlights in hair or buying face creams/makeup/stylish clothes. If a woman is going to blow dry, curl and style her hair, plus shower, put on make up, etc. it’s at least an hour. Does she have to do this? No. Just like the man doesn’t have to pay. Again, it’s what’s most effective. As Chance has written over and over again, a woman’s appearance is very important.

        2. GoWiththeFlow

          Shaukat,

          The expectation differences in what good grooming is for men and women aren’t even close.   That’s the big reason why it costs more money to raise a daughter than a son.   The cost of clothing, hair styling ($120 for a highlight, cut, and blowout vs. $20 for a barber shop visit) and generalized appearance care is huge.

        3. Evan Marc Katz

          Reminder: you don’t need a highlight, cut and blowout for every date. Men have to pay $50+ for every date, once or twice per week.

        4. Emily, the original

          No, a blowout is not required for each date. But you always write about what’s effective. There are certain things that women can do to more effective in dating. One of them is making an effort with their appearance.

        5. Emily, the original

          I would be perfectly happy to walk around with a shaved head, no makeup and to never see another razor again, but … I would more than likely have trouble attracting anyone.

        6. Chance

          “As Chance has written over and over again, a woman’s appearance is very important.”

           

          Now Emily, in the way you wrote this, you make it sound like a woman’s appearance is very important to me.   In actuality, it isn’t important to me, but I point out how it is very important in general.   I wish that weren’t the case, however.   Personally, I prefer women who don’t spend a whole lot of time and money on enhancing their appearance, and looks aren’t anywhere near the top of my list of priorities when deciding on a mate.   Heh, due to my job, I actually spend quite a bit more on clothes than my partner (makes me feel like a real sass).

           

          Which brings me to my question:   if a guy is on a first date, is he then free to say “You don’t look like you spend much time or money on your appearance so do you mind if we go Dutch”?   Joking, of course (kind of), but if the reasoning behind why the man should pay is because women spend a lot of money on getting themselves perfectly coiffed, then the women do don’t are getting over on us guys, amirite??   At any rate, my intent on this thread wasn’t to debate the merits of men paying for dates, but rather to shed light on the bogus concept of “quality” men and women.

        7. Emily, the original

          Chance,

          Now Emily, in the way you wrote this, you make it sound like a woman’s appearance is very important to me.   In actuality, it isn’t important to me, but I point out how it is very important in general.   I wish that weren’t the case, however.  

          Sorry, my bad. Whenever I ask you what a woman can bring to the table, you always write her looks.

          I’m not equating a man paying for a date with a woman putting time in to looking good. Nor am I saying they cancel out in terms of cost. (If you remember, I advocated for a cheap first “meet-n-greet” date that was a drink or coffee.) I am simply pointing out that women also do things in an effort to date/land a man that she may not wholly agree with. However, looking the best that she can is effective. Just as a man paying/courting is effective IF HE WANTS A RELATIONSHIP. (If he wants a booty call, just proposition her and dispense with the dating rituals.) And I am generalizing. Some women are okay going Dutch.

        8. Buck25

          Emily, GWTF, et al,

          Tell me ladies, is it all that difficult to have an attractive , but relatively low-maintenance hairstyle. I recall a lot of women I’ve know who seemed to be able to manage that pretty well. Second, most of us do get that on an early date, you may even be coming straight from work. Trust me, we get that. This is exactly why I like to keep a first meeting as casual as possible; no man is going to come across at his best with a stressed-out woman, or for the matter, get a fair   picture of her either. Business casual is just fine. FWIW it takes me about 40 minutes on average to get ready, so we have to make a little effort too, as Shaukat noted.

        9. Henriette

          Hey, @Chance – genuine question with no snark, here.   What if it’s not an issue of “quality men pay” but rather, women often look for clues during dates to help gauge fellows’ interest?   To me, going Dutch screams, “platonic friendship!” while treating me whispers, “I’d like to explore something a bit more romantic.”

          Like KK, a guy who asks me out again after splitting the bill will receive a no, not because I think he’s “cheap” or “not a quality guy,” but because I figure he’s merely willing to spend time with me while waiting for something better to come along.

        10. Chance

          @Emily:   “Sorry, my bad. Whenever I ask you what a woman can bring to the table, you always write her looks.”

           

          Yeah, I think I said that a total of zero times.   I don’t think you’ve ever even asked me what women brings to the table.   Please copy/paste where I’ve said that looks are the only thing that women bring to the table.   I think the only thing that would even come close to this was that I said there isn’t anything a woman can do, as far as behaviors are concerned, to make a man sexually attracted to her if he wasn’t already sexually attracted.   Even then, that’s not close to what you’re accusing me of saying.

           

          @Henriette:   fair enough.   Again, my whole issue here is with how people choose to apply the terms “quality” men/women.

        11. KK

          Chance,

          I’ve read everything you’ve said on here. I understand your point of view. I’m just wondering why it bothers you so much when the term “quality man / woman” is used. Me thinks thou protest too much.

        12. Stacy2

          Ok. this is a subject I have to weigh in on.

          Yes it is expensive as shit to look “hot”. What i spend on looking like me is the second largest expense category after rent, and mind you I live in one of the most expensive zip codes in the country. To give you guys some sense:

          1. Hair color is $200 for highlights and $100 for touch-ups. These are deeply discounted prices (by about 40%) because I have been with my colorist for nearly 10 years. You need at least 4 of each per year, so it comes down to $100/month

          2. Gym with personal trainer 2x weekly is $570/month – again this is heavily subsidized by my employer, would be more than a double that without them picking up the tab

          3. One massage or one facial per month comes down to about $100

          4. Waxing (yes… ) $65 per session, need about 1x a month

          5. Mani-pedi – seasonal, need more often in the summer but lets say I get it in a salon 1x a month and do it myself 1x a month so the total will be $50

          6. Products cost me about $40/month on a rolling basis as I replenish whatever is running low. I use mid-range products such as clinique and bliss and RX skin products that are covered by insurance because lets face it, with high end stuff you’re mostly paying for the fancy jar

          7. And this is before we get into fillers, botox, and any other serious stuff. A single session of fillers (under eye, nose folds, lips) with a reputable spa that will not leave you look “done” will be about $1000. Figure those 2x yearly.

          So what have we here? ~$1,100 per month budget (!!!). In contrast, what does my b/f do? He buys an all in one shampoo body wash for $3, a set of razors for $30 and pays $200 for his gym (w/o trainer add on) and he’s good to go. So here you go fellas.

          So, yes, when I put that much effort into the presentation, I expect a guy to pick up the freaking $50 wine bar tab. And it is absolutely more expensive to be a woman than it is to be a man. You don’t even have to believe my anecdotes on this. It’s been documented by researches who compared side by side nearly identical products marketed to women and men. It’s like, a pink girls bike costs more than a blue one, i am not joking. There’s   a marketing term “pink razor tax” – meaning women’s razors are more expensive (they’re also shitty which is why i don’t buy them), it’s really infuriating that companies do that.

        13. Jeremy

          @Henriette, I liked your comment and agree with you.   Many women view the guy paying as a heuristic for whether he is serious about a relationship, or even as a heuristic of how he would be in a future LTR/marriage.   There’s nothing wrong with heuristics….as long as we realize that they are prone to systematic bias and can lead us astray.

           

          A man paying does not necessarily mean he is into you, or would support you in a marriage.   A man being confident does not necessarily mean that he can protect you/deal with anything life may throw at him effectively, or dazzle you in the sack.   A man taking the lead and planning does not necessarily mean that he is worthy of taking the lead.   And conversely, a man who doesn’t pay for the first date may totally support you in a marriage.   A non-confident man may be thoughtful and ultimately obtain the best results.   A man who does not take the lead may be most worthy.

           

          I know that most women “know” this, but it seems that they often forget.   A man who does not necessarily fulfill a woman’s heuristics of “quality” may yet prove himself to be of highest quality.   YMMV.

        14. Katie

          Stacy2

          1.   Skip the highlights. Dye from a box. Makes almost NO difference.

          2. Have the trainer design a plan for you. Follow that for the next 3-6 months and then revisit the trainer. Seriously, why are you paying a trainer twice a week….???? You’re trainer’s ripping you off hardcore.

          3. Erm and facial a month is rather unusual ya know…

          4. One word. Nair. It’s fuckin great.

          5. Okay granted. There’s 50$. Spend that.

          6. Again, go to town here 🙂

          7. Methinks you may be overdoing these a bit by your summary, but I don’t know you so can’t say for sure.

          TLDR: Woman you’re choosing to go above and beyond in the beauty depart.

        15. Stacy2

          @Katie

          Hey Katie:

          I don’t really need advice on how to trip this budget. It has not always been this big ya know? I can shrink it if need be. I am not professing that all of those things are non-discretionary. They are. The point is that they DO make a difference (yes salon highights make a huge difference, it looks natural as opposed to color from the box, because naturally blond hair are never uniform color, unlike box-dyed result, if you can’t see it you’re color blind sorry. personal trainer gave me a six pack as opposed to “some belly fat” etc.)

          The point is, I do all that because I want to be the absolute best version of myself that I can reasonably afford. Because this has proved to be the most efficient strategy of attracting men i want to attract. It just came to my attention that quality men somehow end up with hot women. When that changes and they begin to judge us on our deep inner life and character, i will ditch my colorist and my trainer. Something tells me though that their jobs are very, very safe for now.

           

        16. Katie

          The point is, I do all that because I want to be the absolute best version of myself that I can reasonably afford.

          Fair enough. But then you can’t go around holding dudes accountable for your choice to splurge on beauty treatments. Like you suggested here…

          So, yes, when I put that much effort into the presentation, I expect a guy to pick up the freaking $50 wine bar tab.

          (Misposted this in the wrong subthread, so copy/pasted here)

        17. Buck25

          @ Stacy2

          “…fillers, botox and other serious stuff”

          You’re kidding, right? Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t you thirty-something? And doing that, already? Whatever are you going to do when you hit 40? Or 50? And since when did guys start demanding “six-pack abs, instead of a little belly fat” even at your age? All I can say is, things must sure be different in The Big Apple, cause I don’t see much of that down here except with the 20-somethng crowd.

          Oh, and by the by, I’ve been married three times, and had several other intimate relationships with women, and I am quite well aware of “how the sausage is made”. Matter of fact, I usually like to see a woman without makeup, or hear hair done, fairly early on, because on the chance that the relationship goes intimate, I want to know what I’m going to be waking up to in the morning (and as we all know, that can be a very different picture). 🙂

        18. Stacy2

          Hey Buck25: yes things are pretty competitive around here.

          You’re kidding, right? Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t you thirty-something? And doing that, already?  

          Those are not age-related treatments (With the exception for Botox, which I don’t do as I don’t yet need it. But some women begin it in their late 20-ies as a preventative measure. It prevents wrinkle development – just as an FYI).

          And since when did guys start demanding “six-pack abs, instead of a little belly fat” even at your age?

          Eh… since as long as I can remember? Why, did I miss something and fat is back in vogue?

          Katie:

          But then you can’t go around holding dudes accountable for your choice to splurge on beauty treatments.

          This is a really twisted way of looking at things. Holding them accountable? I don’t owe them anything (and vice versa) so I am not holding them accountable for anything.

          Look at it this way. Dating is like marketing. So let me use this analogy. Let’s say you create a product and let’s say it’s a Ferrari. You put a lot of work into it and invested a lot of money into making it sleek and shiny and fast and all of those things. As a result, it is so nice that a lot of people would love to have one. Consequently, you expect prospective customers to pay $150K for it. Now, a guy shows up at your store and complaints that it is not fair – he only wants to spend $20K. Are you then holding him accountable  for your choice to make an expensive Ferrari? No, you don’t. That’s not what you’re doing.   You simply point him down the road towards a Toyota dealership and you wait for the next guy to show up, who will fully appreciate your product and will pay the asking price and will drive off happy!

          Dating is the same exact thing. Except the product you’re presenting is yourself. Cheers!

           

           

        19. GoWiththeFlow

          Katie,

          You gynecologist would not approve of using Nair on the hoo hah area.   The burns can be epic, not to mention painful.

          I once ruined my hair with an at home highlighting kit.   Over the period of  3 months  every strand of hair that got highlighted broke off at the area of new growth.

          And monthly facials are not unusual.   I don’t get them nearly that often, but I know women who do.   Including my friend’s seventeen year old daughter who gets them done at her dermatologist’s office to treat her cystic acne.

          Lastly, Stacy2 is in NYC.   I split time between a rural area of my state and the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.   The 1-10 SMV scale is completely different in the two areas.   A woman who is a 7 in the sticks would have to seriously up her game to maintain that or even a 5-6 status in the city.   And I’m sure a Scottsdale girl relocating to LA or NYC would likewise have to kick it up a few notches.

          So don’t be so judgmental about the what or why of other women’s beauty routines.

        20. Katie

          I already explained my reasoning for this assertion.

          Katie:

          But then you can’t go around holding dudes accountable for your choice to splurge on beauty treatments.

          I explained it with a quote of yours. Here, let me remind you…

          “(Katie) But then you can’t go around holding dudes accountable for your choice to splurge on beauty treatments. Like you suggested here…

          (Stacy2) So, yes, when I put that much effort into the presentation, I expect a guy to pick up the freaking $50 wine bar tab. “

          You cherry-picked parts of my quotes and repurposed them to to support your own assumptions.

          That’s a logical fallacy.

           

        21. Katie

          You gynecologist would not approve of using Nair on the hoo hah area.

          Pubic and armpit hair is the best regions to Nair as long as you read the instructions and do it right. Common sense goes a long way here, ladies.

          I once ruined my hair with an at home highlighting kit.

          I agree that highlighting at home is a bad idea. If you’re determined to be blonde, and you’re not a genetic blonde  then yeah. Do it professionally. But it’s hella cheaper to work with a color closer to your natural color. In my experience, as long as your hair looks healthy, I don’t think guys think certain colors are really hotter than others.

          And monthly facials are not unusual.   I don’t get them nearly that often, but I know women who do.   Including my friend’s seventeen year old daughter who gets them done at her dermatologist’s office to treat her cystic acne.

          Your example is an extreme case and is nonsensical in the context of this conversation.

          Lastly, Stacy2 is in NYC.   I split time between a rural area of my state and the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.   The 1-10 SMV scale is completely different in the two areas.   A woman who is a 7 in the sticks would have to seriously up her game to maintain that or even a 5-6 status in the city.   And I’m sure a Scottsdale girl relocating to LA or NYC would likewise have to kick it up a few notches.

          I agree with the concept, but not the extremity. Stacey says she is spending over 1K a month on beautifying stuff.

          Just my humble opinion of course.

           

        22. GoWiththeFlow

          Katie,

          “Pubic and armpit hair is the best regions to Nair as long as you read the instructions and do it right. Common sense goes a long way here, ladies”

          Who are you going to believe, the gynecologists who treat the burns and rashes or a company trying to make a profit by advertising a product as being “the best for”?

          “If you’re determined to be blonde. . .”

          I am a natural blonde (you shouldn’t make assumptions). Most people who get highlights are already blonde, they’re improving upon mother nature.

          “Your example {a teen getting facial for acne} is an extreme case and is nonsensical in the context of this conversation.”

          No it’s not.   That girl cried herself to sleep because of how her acne affected her appearance.   It had a severe impact on her confidence in social settings, especially with boys.   Routine facials with medical grade products can also reduce facial discoloration ad fine wrinkles–i.e. improve appearance.

          As far as cost goes, to get skincare products that are scientifically proven to even out pigmentation and reduce wrinkles, those cost a lot of money and often times have to be dispensed by a physician.   The strength of the chemicals and the pH level are regulated by the FDA.   Most drugstore and over the counter products that say they contain active ingredients (AHAs and BHAs) are in a cream, serum, or liquid that isn’t acidic enough (low enough pH) for the chemicals to be in their active form.

          So for women past a certain age, dropping big sums to maintain a healthy youthful appearance isn’t an unusual thing.

           

        23. Katie

          @GWTF

          Who are you going to believe, the gynecologists who treat the burns and rashes or a company trying to make a profit by advertising a product as being “the best for”?

          I’m gonna believe me. Being the intelligent, instruction-reading girl that I am that’s been merrily using Nair for 5 years or so.

          “(Katie) If you’re determined to be blonde. . .”

          (GWTF) I am a natural blonde (you shouldn’t make assumptions). Most people who get highlights are already blonde, they’re improving upon mother nature.

          You excised out the parts of my statement that didn’t support your own assumptions. Allow me to correct you, sweets.

          “(Katie) If you’re determined to be blonde, and you’re not a genetic blonde  then yeah. Do it professionally. “

          Moving on.

          “( Katie)Your example {a teen getting facial for acne} is an extreme case and is nonsensical in the context of this conversation.”

          (GWTF) No it’s not.   That girl cried herself to sleep  …

          (sad story! but irrelevant in the context!)  

          …because of how her acne affected her appearance.   It had a severe impact on her confidence in social settings, especially with boys.    

          Very sad story, but a logical fallacy when used in this context. The discussion was about 30ish year olds getting facials every month. To each their own, but many would consider that excessive, hence the discussion. Your story adds literally nothing and tries to distract from that fact by being a sad and emotional story.

          That’s a logical fallacy. Red herring I think it’s called.

          “As far as cost goes, to get skincare products that are scientifically proven to even out pigmentation and …snip…dropping big sums to maintain a healthy youthful appearance isn’t an unusual thing.”

          Not arguing that. Never did.

        24. GoWiththeFlow

          Katie,

          “Allow me to correct you, sweets.”

          First, please don’t call me “sweets.”   You are not my friend, loved one, or even a friendly stranger who is using it in a positive context as a term of endearment.   You are using it as a put down and a way to try and demonstrate that I need you to correct me.   I don’t.

          “Who are you going to believe, the gynecologists who treat the burns and rashes or a company trying to make a profit by advertising a product as being “the best for”?

          “I’m gonna believe me. Being the intelligent, instruction-reading girl that I am that’s been merrily using Nair for 5 years or so.”

          Fine if you want to make your own your own decisions based on your own risk/benefit ratio.   Just don’t criticize women, by implying they are being vain or flippant with money, when they choose other forms of hair removal based on things like what gynecologists and dermatologists recommend.

          “Very sad story, but a logical fallacy when used in this context. The discussion was about 30ish year olds getting facials every month. To each their own, but many would consider that excessive, hence the discussion. Your story adds literally nothing and tries to distract from that fact by being a sad and emotional story.”

          There are way more cases of adult acne than teen acne.   Probably because there are more adults than teens.   I am 49 and will still break out if I neglect my skin care routine.   So change the age from 17 to 37 if that helps you to conceptualize that the huge majority of women go to get facials to address specific skin concerns.   It’s pricey–which is exactly why women have to have a reason whether it’s acne, milia, rosacea, excessive dryness and flakiness, etc. to start getting them routinely.   Most women don’t just buy a package of facials for the heck of it.

          Do whatever you want with your hair, skin, makeup and clothes.   That is your right ass the owner of your body, and I don’t think you would appreciate it if other women told you you were doing too little, or too much, not spending enough time and money on yourself, or spending too much.   Treat other women as you would want to them to treat you  and lay off from judging how they care for themselves.

        25. Shaukat

          @GWTF,

          If the issue is acne, there are prescription medications and creams that you can purchase, covered by insurance for many, that last a lot longer than a month.

          I personally am not judging or dismissing the effort many women put into looking good, the only two points I was making were 1). By and large, women do not put in this effort as some kind of a quid pro quo for men paying for dates; 2). many of the examples offered, with the exception of make-up and the discretionary procedures pursued by certain individual women, are practices predicated on basic grooming and physical upkeep that men have to adopt as well to generate attraction.

        26. ScottH

          You guys only get a facial once a month?   I plan on giving my gf a facial a few times a week.

        27. ScottH

          Stacy:   “In contrast, what does my b/f do? He buys an all in one shampoo body wash for $3, a set of razors for $30 and pays $200 for his gym (w/o trainer add on) and he’s good to go. So here you go fellas.”

          Your bf can get all in one body wash for a buck at the dollar store and go to planet fitness for $19/month and razors at Aldi for about $5.   Geez, you NYC people sure waste a lot of money.   And you can get a bottle of wine at Trader Joes for less than $5.   Then you can have some money left over for  charity.   Think about it.

        28. Nissa

          For skin / acne treatments, check out the Skin Obsession website. They have spa quality stuff you can use at home. I’m not affiliated with them, I’m just eternally grateful to them for selling the stuff I couldn’t find anywhere, so I could skip the salon and prettify at home.

        29. Katie

          GWTF,

          You are trying very, very hard to interpret me as argumentative when in fact I’m not. Let’s start with this  advice from you:

          “(GWTF) Treat other women as you would want to them to treat you  and lay off from judging how they care for themselves.”

          People judge each other. Everyone does. I judge the stranger in the car at the turn signal to predict whether they’re likely to pull out in front of me. I judge the stranger in the check out line, and conclude that they’re not likely to smash a jar of olives over my head, drag my body away, and  wear my skin  as pj’s. I judge that, given the information that Stacy2 volunteered, it did not seem  logical.  I reserve the right to change my mind, but that doesn’t change the fact.  Not only does my expressing that thought not hurt anyone,  but it  can lead to healthy mature discussion. We learn about each other by talking with each other and expressing our differences.

          So lay off with the middle school  You-Can’t-Judge-Me rant.

          Moving on.

          “(GWTF) First, please don’t call me “sweets.”   You are not my friend, loved one, or even a friendly stranger who is using it in a positive context as a term of endearment.   You are using it as a put down and a way to try and demonstrate that I need you to correct me.   I don’t.

          Acknowledged. I apologize.

           

          “Fine if you want to make your own your own decisions based on your own risk/benefit ratio.   Just don’t criticize women, by implying they are being vain or flippant with money, when they choose other forms of hair removal based on things like what gynecologists and dermatologists recommend.”

          I did not criticize. Stacy2 volunteered a problem (expensive waxes) and I suggested a solution (Nair). Stacy is a grown ass woman as is not threatened by my suggesting an alternative. Even though she disagrees. This is how grown ass people communicate.

          And now for the last thing.

          “(Katie) Very sad story, but a logical fallacy when used in this context-snip-“

          (GWTF) There are way more cases of adult acne than teen acne.   Probably because there are more adults than teens…snip…  Most women don’t just buy a package of facials for the heck of it.”

          No one buys something just for the heck of having it. They buy it because they want it and think it will improve their life in some way.

          Your arguments have a misalignment of cause and effect. Teen acne does no credit to a discussion about 30ish year old women getting facials to get better dates. Your diatribe about older-women-get-acne-too does not change that.

           

      2. 37.1.2
        Shaukat

        Hi Emily and GWTF,

        Again, everyone puts in effort with their appearance. In fact, out of all the things you named, the only two that men don’t have to worry about are make up and a  highlight/blow out-whatever  a blowout is. I personally spend about 40 minutes preparing for a date,  if you count showering, styling hair, and shaving. I also make sure to wear something stylish and to get a haircut if I need one.

        Besides, some of the stuff you mentioned, such as make up and shaving, are things women do anyways in their daily/weekly lives, and not just in preparation for a date. And I can assure you that most men won’t notice if you skip the hair highlights and the blowout.

        1. Chance

          Yep, and another thing (since we’re on the subject), females have always told me that the reason they spend a lot of time/money/effort on their appearance is that they do it for themselves, and definitely not for men.   So, what gives?

        2. Emily, the original

          Shaukat,

          Besides, some of the stuff you mentioned, such as make up and shaving, are things women do anyways in their daily/weekly lives, and not just in preparation for a date.

          Not all women wear make up every day. And not all women shave everyday, especially in the winter. They will do both things if they are excited about a date. I just had a conversation about this with a guy friend. He asked why his girlfriend wore makeup when they first started dating but now, 2 years later, rarely does. He liked that she used to put in more effort to look good for him.

          And I can assure you that most men won’t notice if you skip the hair highlights and the blowout.

          The most compliments I receive from your side happen when I go to work the day after getting my hair professionally done. My hair is curly and I can straighten it myself, but it is time consuming. Another woman in my office changed her hair color and style and one of our mutual male co-workers noticed both changes. Trust me. Men notice.

           

           

           

        3. Buck25

          Shaukat, I’ll cosign on that. I still prefer to pay (I’m old school, after all); but on the appearance thing, methinks some of the ladies protest too much.

        4. GoWiththeFlow

          Shaukat, Chance, Buck,

          What I suggest is to google interviews with transwomen.   They have lived as men and then transition to being home and can directly compare how the two different sexes exist in society.   In almost every interview they will talk about how much more pressure women are under to be physically attractive 24/7, including how mortise consuming and expensive it is.

          For comparison, in one of Evan’s blog posts he has a link to an interview that a transman did (maybe with Dan Savage???) where he talks about the differences between how women and men think about and pursue sex.   After he started transitioning and getting testosterone shots, he described how small things like seeing a pair of attractive women’s calves would set off an imagery slide show in his head and get him thinking of sex.   This doesn’t happen to women, we see a cute guy and say wow he’s hot, and then we move on mentally.   It was a very enlightening glimpse into what the experience of being a man is.

        5. GoWiththeFlow

          EDIT:   “They have lived as men and then transition to being home. . .”

          Should read then transition to being WOMEN. . .

          My autocorrect is out of control 🙁

        6. GoWiththeFlow

          Chance,

          “. . .  females have always told me that the reason they spend a lot of time/money/effort on their appearance is that they do it for themselves, and definitely not for men.   So, what gives?”

          They do it for themselves so they will be noticed and appreciated by men.   Because being noticed and appreciated by men feels good.

          If you leave the house looking good, men smile and say hi.   You get offers of help when you’re in a dress and heels but have to put air in the tire.   Store clerks will walk you to your car and put the 50 pound bag of dog food in your trunk for you.   If I go out without my contact lenses in, no makeup, hair in a pony tail, with sweats and a pair of tennis shoes on, I don’t even get eye contact.

        7. Stacy2

          If I go out without my contact lenses in, no makeup, hair in a pony tail, with sweats and a pair of tennis shoes on, I don’t even get eye contact.

          I once contracted some eye infection and had to wear glasses for a few days instead of my contacts. I didn’t even get cat calls while walking past a construction site!! I used to walk past it every day on my way to work and it was as if I suddenly became invisible. Ridiculous. Had to ditch those glasses pronto. Lol

        8. Stacy2

          And I can assure you that most men won’t notice if you skip the hair highlights and the blowout.

          Oh yes sure they will. They   just won’t be able to tell why this woman suddenly looks less attractive. Men may not know how exactly the sausage is made, but they sure can tell if it tastes wrong.

        9. Shaukat

          Buck and Chance, I agree with you gents. I appreciate that women want to look pretty on a date, and I’ll also acknowledge that historically women have faced far more pressure on a societal level in terms of their appearance, but the analogy being brought up here is false on another level as well.

          As most of the female commenters have pointed out, a man who decides to go Dutch on the first date will, in most cases, forfeit the opportunity for a second date. In comparison, I’m having a tough time envisioning any man ever saying or thinking, even on a subconscious level, “I was planning on asking her out again, but since she didn’t put in the effort with her hair and didn’t apply enough eye liner, I’ve decided against it.”

        10. Buck25

          In spite of the denials, I still think a lot of women dress more to impress other women (or at least keep up with them than to impress men. Not that you don’t dress for and enjoy male attention, it’s just that I’ve observed married women being just as catty about another woman’s outfit, hairstyle or makeup as a gaggle of single women are. You ladies sure do compare yourselves with each other a lot, especially on looks (real or imagined). You compete with each other on looks   like we compete with our toys (cars, boats, etc.). Female equivalent of a pecker measuring contest, if you ask me.

        11. GoWiththeFlow

          Buck,

          Yes there’s a competition element to it.   And that ingrained behavior doesn’t change after you get married!

        12. Katie

          @Buck

          Female equivalent of a pecker measuring contest, if you ask me.

          Methinks your female friends must be middle school aged.

          Women  do NOT act like that with each other.

        13. GoWiththeFlow

          Shaukat,

          “I’m having a tough time envisioning any man ever saying or thinking, even on a subconscious level, ‘I was planning on asking her out again, but since she didn’t put in the effort with her hair and didn’t apply enough eye liner, I’ve decided against it.'”

          Women doing all that they can to make themselves as pretty as possible is  all about getting above the male attraction threshold women have to meet or exceed to get a man’s attention and interest.   There have also been several comments on many posts that some men have higher looks standards for LTRs than NSA sex or STRs.   At any rate, it never hurts a woman to be as pretty as she can be.   But it will definitely hinder her if she isn’t clearing a certain attractiveness level, not just in the dating and mating arena, but in other social interactions as well.

          When I look at the posts in this sub thread, I don’t view  it as the dollar  cost of beauty creation/maintenence canceling out the dollar cost of paying for courting costs.   Just like I am trying to understand what it means for men to be expected to pay for dates, I would like men to understand  that this is a real thing in the lives of women without poo-poohing it.

        14. Buck25

          @ Katie,

          I don’t know about where you are, but here, they most certainly do, and we are talking   women 55 and up, at least according to the calendar. I would not care to bet as to whether some of these women are “middle-school-aged” emotionally, however. 🙂

        15. Emily, the original

          Buck25,

          Not that you don’t dress for and enjoy male attention, it’s just that I’ve observed married women being just as catty about another woman’s outfit, hairstyle or makeup as a gaggle of single women are.

          A lot of married people still seek out the attention/validation from the opposite sex from people other than their partners. The female competition/cattiness over makeup and hair is still rooted in competition over men. I’ve seen married women get very jealous when another woman gets attention from men the married woman doesn’t even like.

        16. Emily, the original

          Also, I attended a liberal arts college whose student body was mostly women and gay men. Of the few straight men, many were extremely socially awkward. As freshman, many of the women started off looking traditionally feminine and, somewhere during their four years, cut their hair, stopped wearing makeup and stopped shaving because there weren’t guys there to impress.

        17. Emily, the original

          Shaukat,

          In comparison, I’m having a tough time envisioning any man ever saying or thinking, even on a subconscious level, “I was planning on asking her out again, but since she didn’t put in the effort with her hair and didn’t apply enough eye liner, I’ve decided against it.”

          Google Jennifer Garner. Compare how she looks day-to-day,   without makeup, as she takes care of her kids, and how she looks done up, with makeup and styled hair, going to an awards show. She looks fine both ways, but which version of her, if she were on a date, would signal to a man she was excited about him and the date’s romantic possibilities? (And this has nothing to do with whether or not she’s your type. I’m simply using her as an example.)

        18. Emily, the original

          GoWiththeFlow,

          Just like I am trying to understand what it means for men to be expected to pay for dates, I would like men to understand  that this is a real thing in the lives of women without poo-poohing it.

          Agreed. I am tired of the subtext that men have it so much harder in dating. Neither side has it easy. Just like neither side has the power.

        19. Shaukat

          Emily, I find it interesting that you cut out the second part of my statement where I made it clear that I   don’t believe that a man who works on self-improvement or on maximizing his looks should be compensated by women for that decision  either.

          Regardless, I’m not complaining that dating isn’t fair or claiming that men have it worse in life. In fact, if you look at a previous post of mine on this thread  I stated that the societal pressure on women  regarding their  looks is far more potent than it is for men.

        20. Emily, the original

          Shaukut,

          Emily, I find it interesting that you cut out the second part of my statement where I made it clear that I   don’t believe that a man who works on self-improvement or on maximizing his looks should be compensated by women for that decision  either.

          I didn’t cut it out. I chose to ignore it, because that seemed to be opening up the can of worms that women are compensated for their looks … if, what, men pay for dates?I don’t feel like going around in circles with that pointless argument.

        21. Chance

          That’s the transaction:   parents get a sense of pride and purpose for raising children in exchange for their time, energy, love, money, etc. to ensure that their children are properly raised.   Again, everything is based on reciprocity.

           

          Now, if you could only stop attacking the person….

        22. Chance

          Argh, the last post above was in response to KK in thread 37.3.1.

      3. 37.1.3
        Stacy2

        Shaukat:

        I’m having a tough time envisioning any man ever saying or thinking, even on a subconscious level, “I was planning on asking her out again, but since she didn’t put in the effort with her hair and didn’t apply enough eye liner, I’ve decided against it.”

        You have GOT to be joking with this, right? Or do you really think that a man’s attraction and desire is not at all influenced by how the woman looks? You don’t have to answer. I am just calling BS on this because I know from my own experience that this isn’t true, you’re just arguing this ridiculous point because… i don’t know why, to put women down? To complain how life is not fair? Whatever that is, in case you are wondering, yes absolutely my chances of being asked out drop precipitously if I don’t show up dolled up, with eye liner and and hair done and all.

        1. Shaukat

          The vast majority of items on Stacy2 ludicrous list-Botox, fillers, thousand dollar face  lifts, private trainers, and  blonde hair dye-don’t stem from the supposed preferences of men but rather, in my opinion, from either vanity, low self esteem, or, more likely a combination of the two. Yes, a man has to be attracted to you before asking you out on  a second date. However, there are plenty of confident women who can generate attraction and look good without pissing away thousands of dollars on those ridiculous procedures which, quite frankly, resemble the items you would expect to see on  a script written for a cast member of Desperate Housewives.

          It should also be noted that men have to pass the physical  attraction test of the women they date as well, which entails putting effort into their appearance by working out, rooming, etc. Despite what PUA scammers and certain women might say, no 8/10 ever dated a 4 due to ‘personality.’

          @Katie

          You sounds like a self-aware, confident, and empathetic woman.

        2. D_M

          Stacy2,

          It might be a cultural nuance thing. Yes, a woman’s looks matter, but there are many cultures around the world where “enhancements” are not the norm. Some men prefer a woman’s natural beauty, along with her imperfections. In some cases, less is more, because it can be perceived as easy going and confident in ones own skin.

        3. Stacy2

          Yes, a man has to be attracted to you before asking you out on  a second date. However, there are plenty of confident women who can generate attraction and look good without pissing away thousands of dollars on those ridiculous procedures  

          Yes, there are women like that. Those are women who are already naturally blonde (or have another rich hair color – personally i woke up with fully gray hair 10 years ago after i buried 4 family members withing 3 months time span), who are naturally very skinny and stay that way without working out, who have genetically perfect skin and big full lips, and are otherwise blessed with all the other markers of attraction which the rest of us have to make up for. And guess what? These unique creatures are walking down fashion show runways and in between they’re dating tech industry billionaires whose idea of a first date is a private plane ride to the bahamas. Good luck winning these women with your irresistible personality over a coffee date. What a hoot!

        4. GoWiththeFlow

          Shaukat,

          “. . . there are plenty of confident women who can generate attraction and look good without pissing away thousands of dollars. . .”

          Somewhere between 1/3 to 1/2 of my practice is providing anesthesia for cosmetic/plastic surgery cases and I can tell you, you have NO idea who is getting what done.   For instance during school breaks, we get slammed with teachers, school principals and counselors getting work done.   We also get lots of nurses and other healthcare workers.   It’s not just for the rich and celebrities anymore.

          So the confident woman generating attraction in you could be getting monthly facials and waxes, be using medical grade skincare products, and have had a procedure done.   You don’t know she’s having it done, you are just appreciating the results.   Virtually all of the supermodels and celebrities that men swoon over use botox, fillers, expensive beauty products and have had work done, but I don’t see men slamming them as being vain or having low self-esteem.   Because they don’t care, they’re just enjoying the view.

          BTW, I’m not saying the amount of time and money women spend creating and maintaining beauty cancels out what a man spends on a date.   Women are doing what is effective:   Looking good so they will attract men.

      4. 37.1.4
        Stacy2

        Katie,

        Fair enough, perhaps I should rephrase the original thought as this for the sake of clarity: when i put that much effort into the presentation, I expect to attract a man who will have no problem picking up the freaking $50 tab. Is this better?

        I hate the term SMV, but let’s face the reality of the situation. The idea of beauty has been codified in our society. In my original state upon my arrival to NYC i was may be a 6. Diets, sports, weight loss, treatments, makeovers, some procedures which shall remain a secret, makeup lessons – now I am legitimately an 8-9. Literally, if you put together my passport photos from 10 years ago and now you’d not think that its the same person. I have more fun dating at 34 than i did at 24. Vain? Sure. Whatever. I will stop being vain when men will stop being shallow. In the mean time, I am enjoying some return on investment.

        1. Katie

          I was about to write a rather snarky response where I count up your “investment”. 1K a month, 12K a year, 10 years from 24 to 34 = 120K.

          But then I’m like well as long as I’m not in debt for it, 120K is totally worth it for a great relationship.

          TLDR: You keep doing you lovely lady 🙂

      5. 37.1.5
        Shaukat

        Emily, I acknowledge that women look nice in make-up and with their hair styled. However, let me reiterate that many women derive intrinsic joy from getting done up, and the forty minutes or so it takes me to get ready for a date is probably equal to the time it takes you to throw on some make up. Plus, I’m willing to bet you wear make-up throughout the week. If a woman finds the process that burdensome I would simply recommend that they stop wearing make up. It’s really not that big of a deal, and many men enjoy the natural look.

        Either way, I   don’t see how anyone can try and take credit for this type of effort. It’s the equivalent of a guy who spends every evening in the gym getting ripped and following a very strict diet claiming that women ought to pick up the tab for him on dates.

        1. Emily, the original

          Shaukat,

          Either way, I   don’t see how anyone can try and take credit for this type of effort.

          That’s fine. It’s up to you if you want to try to understand what they other side goes through or if you want to spend hours arguing about what’s fair or not fair or who deserves what or who should pay or not pay …. yada, yada, yada. If your dating techniques are effective, fabulous.

           

           

    2. 37.2
      Stacy2

      If someone asks me out and allows me to split the tab, I’m going to assume he isn’t interested. If he asks me for a second date, I’ll decline.  

      Agree completely. He who doesn’t pay is not interested. If he is asking me out again, he’s after easy sex (hard pass). If that happened I would be self-reflecting on what I did to come off as someone who’d go for it. But i think is has happened to me about zero times.

      1. 37.2.1
        Katie

        He who doesn’t pay is not interested.

        Not true. Guys are super grateful when a chick genuinely wants to split the check.  It’s important that the girl makes it clear that she empathizes with the male dating experience for it to work though, and makes it clear tha she’s having a blast and just wants to spend time with him and does’n want him to buy her stuff.

        In my experience, when a dude understands what I’m saying, and gets over the knee jerk gotta-pay-just-cause reaction agrees  it leads to a much more relaxed and fun date. It  removes a lot of silly pressure of both parties.

        “Chivalry” in the traditional sense needs to just die. And, no I’m not a dude pretending to be a chick. If everyone goes Dutch then literally the only thing that brought you there is the opportunity to spend time with the other person. Not free drinks. Not free food. Not an ego complex. Just good company.

        1. Katie

          Sorry for the horrendous typos. Writing on phone.

        2. Stacy2

          If everyone goes Dutch then literally the only thing that brought you there is the opportunity to spend time with the other person. Not free drinks. Not free food. Not an ego complex. Just good company.

          And that is exactly what happens when I get together with my platonic friends.  When I get together for a date with a guy i don’t do that for the value of “company”.   I don’t know if i even want his company yet. What I need to see is his level of interest. And, that level of interest should be higher than “sure I’ll fuck her especially since it doesn’t cost me anything” – because that literally describes any guy on the street. There’s just simply no way to assess his level of interest while going Dutch

          PS I always pay my share if I myself am not interested. I am not in it for free drinks.

        3. Katie

          When I get together for a date with a guy i don’t do that for the value of “company”.

          It’s not an interview, lovely.

          What I need to see is his level of interest. And, that level of interest should be higher than “sure I’ll fuck her especially since it doesn’t cost me anything” —

          Suggesting that his level of interest  is quantified by how much he buys you??? This mentality is EXACTLY why it makes more sense to go dutch.

           

        4. Stacy2

          Suggesting that his level of interest  is quantified by how much he buys you??? This mentality is EXACTLY why it makes more sense to go dutch.

          Not by how much he buys me, but by how much effort he is willing to expand. Meeting me for a low-key drink event when we are going dutch = zero effort on this part. You can never pay any attention to what men say (talk is cheap), only to what they do. And how do you judge their interest, sweetie, if I may ask?

        5. Katie

          Meeting me for a low-key drink event when we are going dutch = zero effort on this part.

          No. You’re flat wrong about it being zero effort. Zero effort would be him staying home, watching porn and drinking beer in his jammies.  He wants to spend time with you. He’s spending his time to come meet you and that’s effort. Just like it is for you as well.

          You can never pay any attention to what men say (talk is cheap), only to what they do.

          So what they do is what’s important as long as what they’re doing is buying you stuff.  Got it. Because them just meeting with you in the first place takes “zero effort”.

          And how do you judge their interest, sweetie, if I may ask?

          Glad you asked, lovie.

          By if they call me. By if they invite me to go wander the town with them after dinner. By if they let their guard down and just be a little goofy around me. By if they send me sweet texts later. By the stories they choose  tell me. By their body language. And yes, by what they say. If they say they had a blast and want to see me again soon I believe them.

           

        6. Stacy2

          Katie:

          By if they call me. By if they invite me to go wander the town with them after dinner. By if they let their guard down and just be a little goofy around me. By if they send me sweet texts later. By the stories they choose  tell me. By their body language. And yes, by what they say. If they say they had a blast and want to see me again soon I believe them.

          I suppose you’re a mind reader then, because none – and i mean none of those things indicates anything other that they’re attracted to you and want to sleep with you. Which you already know since they’ve asked you out in the first place, duh! The question is exactly how much do they care about you? When a man cares about you he will want to give you things. He will go into the “provider-protector-staking my territory” mode. Which is of course largely symbolic at this point in time because let’s face   – unless he’s a trust-funder employed as a fire-fighter – he neither provides nor protects. He just wants to feel as if he does. It will be exemplified by him paying for your glass of wine. Symbolic. But if that urge is not there – you really have no idea if he’s really into you or is just passing his time until the real deal comes along.

        7. Jeremy

          Stacy2, you realize that what you wrote about a man showing his interest by providing things for you is only true if his love language is gift giving, right?   I’m not so into self-help stuff, but the “5 love languages” is a handy read.

          If his language is quality time, he will show his interest by wanting to spend time with you.

          If his language is words of affirmation, he will show his interest by what he says to you.

          If his language is acts of service, he will show his interest by wanting to do things for you.

          If his language is physical touch, he will show his interest by wanting to touch you.

          And if his language is gift giving, then your comment is correct.

           

          The best point of the book is not that different people have different love languages, but rather in understanding that the language we expect others to show is the one we speak.   So if a woman  thinks that men show interest by gift giving, most likely that’s how she, herself,   receives love.   It doesn’t speak so much about men in general, just about your taste in men.

        8. ScottH

          Stacy2:   “When a man cares about you he will want to give you things.”

          So the more he gives you, the more he loves you?   That is seriously flawed logic.   What if he gives you a poem that he wrote just for you and it didn’t cost a cent but his heart is in it?   Love is only for rich people and the richer they are and the more they give, the more they love?   That is seriously sick thinking.

          Katie has it far more correct than you do, IMO.

        9. Kanga

          Stacy2, My last partner was a multi millionaire – I am right now typing on a $3000 laptop he bought me, wearing a watch the same value among many, many other things. None of those things meant anything to him. They are loose change.

          For one valentines while I got a dozen long stemmed roses sent to me, I searched online for someone in the district he was born in who understood the local slang and got a personal message I’d written translated into his language. That took me weeks to achieve and a lot of thought. Nobody had ever done that before and he cried when he read his card. I wager nobody will ever think that much about him again. For his birthday I got a personal emblem designed and etched onto glasses that had personal meaning to him, his country and his deceased father.   I got jewellery that could be picked in half and hour.

          Money is meaningless – he thought about nothing he bought me. While I put untold thought and care into every gift because I couldn’t afford what he could.   He was always blown away with what I did for him and always wanted to ‘pay’ me back and give me money for what I had outlayed. In the end, he was a psychopath and all his gifts will ever make up for the pain he ended up bringing me. Money and gifts are meaningless to people who can afford them. A beggar who gives you his last dollar is giving more than a millionaire who gives you a top of the line computer. That is the truth and you will have a very unhappy life if you equate happiness and love with material possessions. Look forward to a fake, shallow, meaningless marriage. You couldn’t pay me to do that.

        10. Stacy2

          ScottH:

          So the more he gives you, the more he loves you?   That is seriously flawed logic.  

          You said that, I didn’t. I said that he needs to have the urge to give you. The material amount of what he gives is not that relevant. It’s about the desire to give something to you, to take care of you anyway he can.

        11. ScottH

          Stacy2:   “The material amount of what he gives is not that relevant. It’s about the desire to give something to you, to take care of you anyway he can.”

          I stand corrected.   I totally misinterpreted everything I’ve ever read from you.

      2. 37.2.2
        KK

        “If he is asking me out again, he’s after easy sex (hard pass). If that happened I would be self-reflecting on what I did to come off as someone who’d go for it”.

        Why? Do you also self reflect when someone you think is below your league shows interest or asks you out? I don’t. I agree with what Evan has said. It’s not about who you attract. It’s about who you accept.   

        “But i think is has happened to me about zero times”.

        Most likely because of the subliminal messages you’re sending the poor schmuck. Unlike the rest of that lack your telepathic abilities.

      3. 37.2.3
        Katie

        I suppose you’re a mind reader then, because none — and i mean none of those things indicates anything other that they’re attracted to you and want to sleep with you.

        In addition to wanting sex many of my examples  also show that he enjoys my company. And honestly, if I had fun with him and I like him, and if  we’re still talking first or second dates here, then all that is enough to make me want to go  on another date with him.

        I don’t see anything wrong with this thinking.

        While it sounds that my perspective sounds naïve to you, to me your perspective seems very cold, restrictive, judgy and generally unhappy.

      4. 37.2.4
        Shaukat

        When a man cares about you he will want to give you things.

        Honestly Stacy, as with certain public figures like Ann Coulter, I can’t figure out if you’re genuine with some of your statements or if you’re deliberately trying to caricature a certain type of woman. Either way, your posts are at least always entertaining. Have a nice day.

        1. KK

          Stacy2,

          Thanks for the giggles. I won’t say what I’ve been thinking while reading your comments but I’m wondering if you realize what you’re describing does in deed sound like an exchange. I went off on Chance for calling all women prostitutes but reading what you’ve said certainly raises an eyebrow. “A RETURN on your investment”? Hmmm…

          Thinking someone OWES you something because YOU CHOOSE to spend whatever amount you do on your upkeep is the goofiest damn thing I’ve ever read. By your logic, wouldn’t a man be much better off dating a naturally beautiful 10 than someone who needs to spend over $1K a month to temporarily look like an 8??? After all, if he’s expected to reimburse you for your investment, seems like the natural 10 would be the better choice or even the naturally good looking 8 or 9.

        2. Stacy2

          @KK

          Yes a man would be better off dating a woman who completely naturally, with no effort whatsoever, looks as if she just stepped out of Sports Illustrated first thing in the morning, and that look of her is not “temporary” and stays the same and requires no investment and zero maintenance. Absolutely. The problem? This woman doesn’t exist. A few genetic freaks (and I use this term as a positive here) that are truly that blessed are in the league of their own and most men won’t ever afford them (let alone convince them to go dutch lol).

          Lastly, I don’t think men owe me anything (likewise, i don’t owe any schmuck to go dutch with him either). My return on investment comes in the form of greater male attention – from men with higher social status vs. before, so i can have my pick (oddly, this also contributes to my cynical views, i hope you can see why)

        3. KK

          Stacy2,

          “My return on investment comes in the form of greater male attention – from men with higher social status vs. before, so i can have my pick (oddly, this also contributes to my cynical views, i hope you can see why)”.

          Yes, because your sole purpose is to get your hooks in a rich guy. Nothing wrong with dating wealthy men. Nothing at all. But maybe if you filtered first for things like character and compatibility, you’d be less cynical. Maybe if you believed in the possibility of love, you’d be less cynical. Maybe if you weren’t focused on shallow men (your own words) you’d be less cynical. By all means, keep doing what you’re doing if you don’t mind being cynical, but possibly a change in perspective and goals might actually make you happier.

          Buck seemed to believe what you said about being loving, etc to a man, but I know you’ve recently said this is a ploy to get these (in your words) pathetic guys to fall for you. Whatever. Personally, I think you’re the one who’s going to end up getting played, if you haven’t already. If you’re really dating the caliber of men you claim to be, they can see right through your BS and play you harder than you ever imagined. Just something to keep in mind in your quest for er… not sure what I’d call it.

        4. Chance

          “Lastly, I don’t think men owe me anything (likewise, i don’t owe any schmuck to go dutch with him either).”

           

          Fascinating how you interpret going Dutch as “owing” something to a man.

        5. Stacy2

          @KK:

          Buck seemed to believe what you said about being loving, etc to a man, but I know you’ve recently said this is a ploy to get these (in your words) pathetic guys to fall for you

          The thing is i don’t think these men care. Genuine or act, to them it feels the same. I deliver what they want (or at least try to) and that’s that. May be it works, may be it doesn’t, but you tell me, what the f$&^k else should a woman be required to do to get a guy other than to look hot and make him feel good about himself? If there’s more to it than screw it, i am staying single. Too much work (it is too much as it is already).

          But maybe if you filtered first for things like character and compatibility,  

          It doesn’t make a difference in which order you filter. You should obviously always filter for character and compatibility. I just think that irrespective of their character, they’re all shallow and to some degree jerks. The difference between a poor shallow guy and a rich shallow guy is that the latter flies you to the Caribbean while the former expects you to go dutch on a coffee date. The choice here is clear. To be clear, I would chose a guy who is less well to do over a wealthier guy if he was a better person. I just haven’t seen any correlation.

        6. Emily, the original

          Stacy2

          Yes a man would be better off dating a woman who completely naturally, with no effort whatsoever, looks as if she just stepped out of Sports Illustrated first thing in the morning, and that look of her is not “temporary” and stays the same and requires no investment and zero maintenance. Absolutely. The problem? This woman doesn’t exist.

          There’s a great quote in the movie August: Osage County:

          “All women need makeup. Don’t let anybody tell you different. The only woman who was pretty enough to go without makeup was Elizabeth Taylor and she wore a ton.”

        7. KK

          Emily mentioned the movie quote,
          “All women need makeup. Don’t let anybody tell you different. The only woman who was pretty enough to go without makeup was Elizabeth Taylor and she wore a ton”.

          And if we were to do side by side comparisons of a 25 year old, bare faced Elizabeth Taylor and a 25 year old, bare faced Sandra Bernhardt, I’m sure we’d be able to see which one is naturally beautiful.

          My only point was complaining about the cost of beauty products / treatments as a way to justify men spending money on women. There are many very attractive women who don’t spend and don’t need to spend anywhere close to   $1,000 a month on their upkeep.

        8. Stacy2

          My only point was complaining about the cost of beauty products / treatments as a way to justify men spending money on women.

          I was neither “complaining” about it nor “justifying” it, so it appears you’ve been tilting at windmills all along.

          In all honesty, the idea that there should be “fairness” in dating should just die. Men and women don’t owe each other anything.  Men don’t owe us to pay for our drinks, and we don’t owe them dates, sex or the warmth of our company. If this is the premise we start from, it is clear that terms like “justifying men spending money”, “holding men accountable”, “coercing men” etc. are simply crazy talk.  There’s no “fairness” in dating (heck, there’s no one in life either), there’s only what works and what doesn’t. Effective and ineffective.

          There are many very attractive women who don’t spend and don’t need to spend anywhere close to   $1,000 a month on their upkeep.

          First – no, not really actually. Less than 6% of women in the US in my age range are in my weight category (110-120lbs).

          Second – perhaps you could crystallize your actual point, what is it that you’re trying to say? Or are you not doing it because you realize how offensive it would sound lol?

          It seems to me, what you’re saying is that a woman like me, who wasn’t genetically blessed with the body that strictly conforms to the contemporary western beauty standards without any extra effort, is somehow less valuable, less deserving.

          If you paid any close attention to my list, you’d see that over 50% of the total budget was spent on fitness, massage and skincare. There’s nothing “unnatural” about exercising or taking good care of your skin and body. In fact, when you’re fit and healthy you’ll look better with less incremental effort (i.e. makeup). So, i’ll say it again – if somebody is that genetically blesses, good for them for sure. For the rest of us, it takes work, but it is better to put in the work and get results than not do that.

        9. KK

          Stacy2,

          I said, “My only point was complaining about the cost of beauty products / treatments as a way to justify men spending money on women”.

          You responded: “I was neither “complaining” about it nor “justifying” it, so it appears you’ve been tilting at windmills all along”.

          Earlier, you stated, “So, yes, when I put that much effort into the presentation, I expect a guy to pick up the freaking $50 wine bar tab”.

          Moving along…

          There are many very attractive women who don’t spend and don’t need to spend anywhere close to   $1,000 a month on their upkeep.
          First — no, not really actually. Less than 6% of women in the US in my age range are in my weight category (110-120lbs).”
          Whatever your goal weight is, you don’t NEED to spend money on a personal trainer or even a gym membership unless you choose to. By the way, it makes no difference to me how people choose to spend their money, but saying you NEED to spend x amount to get x results is false. You can get the same results by investing in a good pair of running shoes and doing good old fashioned crunches, squats, etc.
          “It seems to me, what you’re saying is that a woman like me, who wasn’t genetically blessed with the body that strictly conforms to the contemporary western beauty standards without any extra effort, is somehow less valuable, less deserving”.
          No, Stacy, I’ve never said that. Unfortunately, that seems to be what you’ve internalized about yourself. I don’t think you’re even aware of how obvious that is to others.
          “If you paid any close attention to my list, you’d see that over 50% of the total budget was spent on fitness, massage and skincare. There’s nothing “unnatural” about exercising or taking good care of your skin and body”.
          Agreed. But saying someone has to spend exorbitant amounts of money for any of those items is false.

           

           

      5. 37.2.5
        Tron Swanson

        Stacy2,

        “He who doesn’t pay is not interested”? Wow…I just discovered that I’ve apparently never been interested in women in my life! That’s very strange, because my browser history would seem to indicate otherwise.

        1. Nissa

          In Stacy2’s defense (of that one line) I’ve heard that from many people, both men and women. Even in PUA, that’s how it is explained, in terms  of how much to ‘invest’ in a girl to get her to put out.

          I’d say the idea has merit, not as a black and white rule, but as one point on a list of things to consider when asking oneself if the other person is interested. Meaning that it should also be considered whether or not the person leaned forward, smiled, seemed to  be having fun, or actually uttered words that indicated interest. And in practical terms, if a man didn’t offer to pay for the date he asked me on, I’d assume he was not into me. and I would not expect a second date.

        2. Stacy2

          Interested in what exactly, is the main point.  What you’re interested in is not what most women are interested in 🙂

    3. 37.3
      Katie

      The point is, I do all that because I want to be the absolute best version of myself that I can reasonably afford.

      Fair enough. But then you can’t go around holding dudes accountable for your choice to splurge on beauty treatments. Like you suggested here…

      So, yes, when I put that much effort into the presentation, I expect a guy to pick up the freaking $50 wine bar tab.

      1. 37.3.1
        Buck25

        “So, yes, when I put that much effort into the presentation, I expect a guy to pick up the freaking$ 50 wine bar tab.”

        OK, Stacy, let’s turn that around, shall we? A guy at the level of looks and income   you want spends roughly the following, $ 30 to $ 50 every two weeks getting his hair styled. Up your way, I expect a professional gent gets his hands manicured; let’s say twice a month, $30   (+ tip,of course). Also, proper dress shirt, (tailored, of course $150-$200) Necktie $125 to $195 , Pocket Square, $50 to $100, Suit (tailored, custom) $2500 to $ 5000 +, dress shoes $350 to $700 .Yes I’m aware he needs the clothing for work; my point is, quality men’s clothing isn’t cheap either. Substitute sport coat and dress slacks, for more casual, that’s still $1299 to $1800 for the ensemble, exclusive of the other items. To continue, add in gym memberships, to keep those abs and buns of steel intact, $ 200 to $250 per month. Cologne (high end, no cheap stuff for you) $250 and up per bottle. Oh, and let’s not forget dating expenses. Let’s say he goes on two, sometimes three dates a week until he settles on one woman. Drink tab, $ 50 to $80 each, dinner, $100   to $150+tip, each, and/or theater tickets $50,(and up) each.   Dating budget, per week, two dates $300 to $500. Oh and where you   are, there’s cab fares etc. ,etc. . Seems like he’s putting more than a little   “effort into the presentation” himself, no? Now here’s my question: what do you owe HIM for that? What, exactly, should he expect YOU to do; I mean you’re the one who made this about numbers, didn’t you? Well then, I  can make the case that he’s spending more effort and money than you; after all, he has to plan the dates, make the dinner and theater reservations,   (considerable investment of time, and time is money, remember?), and of course, if you go dancing there’s the $100 or so he has to tip the guy at the door to get in the exclusive club, and oh,by the way, I left out the $100 for the Maitre de at the fancy restaurant, too. My, my, entertaining you a takes a bit more than a “$50 wine bar tab”, doesn’t it?   Now,   who owes who what again, since it’s all about the expense of “the effort into the presentation”? From where I sit, I can make the case that strictly based on the numbers, you owe him; The balance sheet needs to balance, remember, (that was your position, not mine). What currency you plan on making up the difference with, darlin’?

        1. Stacy2

          Oh, no-no. Strictly on the numbers you’re going to lose this battle for sure. I never counted clothing expenses, and women’s clothing and accessories are by FAR more expensive than men’s. I mean there’s just simply no comparison. Including bags and modest-looking jewelry, i typically carry on my body only about $10k worth of stuff on any freaking average day. Every day. Professional designer bags (we’re talking Prada/LV level)   that you’ll see women casually carrying around are $2500 a pop. A silk Hermes scarf will set you back $500. Through in a pair of shoes ($800-1000) and the actual clothes – which at a lower level, say Theory – will be about $1000 for an off the rack suit (and the sky is the limit really here) and a nothing-looking jewelry piece (say an Alhambra necklace/bracelet – $5,000) and there you go. Now, manage to not to repeat this ensemble for at least 2 week, and you’ll get a sense of what it costs. Sorry, women’s stuff blows men’s stuff out of the water in terms of price, so you shouldn’t even try to start it LOL.

          But this is completely irrelevant and this is why i did not include clothing expenses into my original list. This is fluff, most straight men will not care one way or another, they’re mostly interested in what’s underneath 🙂 Clothes women wear are for other women and for themselves. Same for men.

          Now to answer your question:  What, exactly, should he expect YOU to do?

          See, the way I understand it, based on my experience, most men want to feel important, appreciated, loved, and a bunch of other things. So, that is exactly what I am striving to provide in my relationship – to make them feel this way. It is not my job to pay for stuff or help them fix their lives. I had made that mistake in the past. It is my job to make them feel special.

           

           

           

        2. Buck25

          @ Stacy,

          I’m not gonna let you wriggle off the hook quite that easily. I’ll see your Prada bag and raise you an Oxxford Sport jacket On the jewelry, I’ll see the 10K and raise you 35-45 K for a gold Rolex (depending on the model). I’ll   see the shoes, and match you at $950 for the last Crockett and Jones dress boots I bought.In fairness, however we don’t have the amount of turnover in our closet you do, because we can simply go classic and never be really out of style, while you have to change with the fashion trends, at least to a point.

          My real point,   Stacy, is that, at that level, a man has to spend a good bit to present himself well too, which was kinda my somewhat   tongue-in-cheek point about trying to turn a date into a financial transaction, of sorts. I do get exasperated sometimes with your penchant for trying to make life into a damned ledger.

          “Clothes women wear are for other women, and for themselves. Same for men.”  

          Quite true! Thanks for stating that openly with regard to who women dress for; exactly the point both Chance and I tried to make earlier.

          That said, your last paragraph is one of the most intelligent comments you’ve ever posted here. That is exactly what most of us want from you. NO real man wants you to help fix his life, or support him. Just make us feel special, wanted and appreciated. That’s all we want . Really.

           

        3. Stacy2

          Buck25:  

          I’ll see the 10K and raise you 35-45 K for a gold Rolex

          Eh, you’re aware that Rolex, Omega and Cartier make women’s watches too, gold/diamonds that are likewise more expensive? What is the purpose of this exercise, are we going to get into cars and yachts next? This stuff is irrelevant. Think about it this way: fuller lips increase my sex appeal and a chance of a date, while a Prada bag does not. Similarly, a six pack will increase your sex appeal, while a Rolex – highly unlikely. So in the context of this discussion, it doesn’t make sense to foray into the wardrobe comparisons. The fact remains, that it is much cheaper for an average guy to look his best than it is for a woman to look her   best. That is, before they put on any clothes.

          I leave you with this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-fyKNummog

          Quite true! Thanks for stating that openly with regard to who women dress for; exactly the point both Chance and I tried to make earlier.

          Yep and that applies to designer/brand clothes only. You can rest assured that no woman has ever undergone a brazilian wax or restyline injections for herself or her female friends.

        4. Chance

          In fairness, I think we’ve been a little too hard on Stacy2.   I respect her having the honesty (or, gall, depending on your perspective) to openly admit to what’s really going on during the dating process.   Women expect to be financially compensated for access to their sexuality.   Now, some people struggle with understanding that when someone makes a generalization, this person understands that the generalization is hardly the rule and that the use of the generalization is for ease of discussion.   To be clear, this dynamic is present in women by order of degrees, and for many women, the dynamic is hardly present or not present at all.   This dynamic also changes significantly for an individual woman depending on her stage of life, and can not be present at all, for example, when she is young or newly-divorced.   However, we all know that if it weren’t for sex, men would be much less willing to do what’s “effective”.

        5. Stacy2

          Chance:

            Women expect to be financially compensated for access to their sexuality.   

          I agree with you on principle. In fact i didn’t think your analogy with prostitution was that far fetched, in the sense that most human interactions can be described in transactional terms. But obviously when you use a derogatory term people focus on that rather than the actual point.

          I do think it is too simplistic though and in reality what is going on is more nuanced. I would compare dating to an auction. Everybody is trying to get as high a clearing price as they can and transact once. In other words, it is quality vs. quantity game. Whereas prostitution is about frequency of the transaction, it’s a volume game. A prostitute does not care about the quality of the men she attracts, the price she charges for “access to her sexuality” is the same, and the more she attracts the better the outcome in that game. For most women dating is a different game. We do not want to attract many men, we want to attract the highest possible quality man we can. We are not in this for free drinks or dinners (though some degenerates are for sure.. ) we’re in it looking for the highest bidder, and dating is simply the process of qualifying such bidder. And yes, most women would not admit to that even on the anonymous forum LOL.

        6. Shaukat

          To be clear, this dynamic is present in women by order of degrees, and for many women, the dynamic is hardly present or not present at all.

          In fact, in my experience the dynamic is present only in those women whose ego has, over time, become completely bound up with their outward appearance. As  a result, their value is reduced to how closely they approximate a conventional and unattainable standard of beauty, and a man’s worthiness, the flip side  of the coin,  is demonstrated by how much he can “give/buy you.” A walk in the park, quality time spent together, and  nice conversation apparently don’t allow  a woman  to distinguish between the intent  for sex or a relationship, but buying/giving a woman things supposedly does allow one to make that distinction–even though the industry of high end prostitution is predicated on the exchange of money and ‘things’  for sex.

          This type of worldview also leads to a toxic sense of entitlement. Take Stacy2’s assertion above that she doesn’t “owe it to some schmuck to go Dutch.” Leaving aside effective strategies and dating conventions, the notion that a woman paying her own damn way in life or on a date  should be interpreted as  doing a man a favor is too ludicrous to even comment on.

          I also find it interesting that when I stated that a woman can look attractive without spending massive amounts of money and time  on her appearance, Stacy’s response was predicated on the assumption that attractiveness  must be synonymous  with  a blonde, razor thin fashion model with a coke habit.

          Much of this sub-thread has evolved in response to the basic assertion made earlier that time spent by a woman in preparation for a date is not the quid pro quo of a man paying for a date, and that men put in effort to maintain a certain appearance as  well. I stand by that original assertion: for confident men and women who are not jaded and cynical, the time spent on basic grooming, fashion,   fitness, and overall appearance in preparation for a date  is fundamentally the same.

        7. KK

          Chance said, “Women expect to be financially compensated for access to their sexuality”.

          Stacy2 said, “I agree with you on principle. In fact i didn’t think your analogy with prostitution was that far fetched, in the sense that most human interactions can be described in transactional terms. But obviously when you use a derogatory term people focus on that rather than the actual point”.

          It’s no surprise the two of you agree since you have similar outlooks. What you’re failing to acknowledge is that not everyone has the same mindset. If you think that a married woman is engaging in some form of prostitution because her husband is the primary bread winner, I’d say your logic is severely flawed. The primary reason most people marry is because they’re in love and want to spend their lives together. Yes, if you take love out of the equation, I’m sure you could make the case for it being a transactional relationship. Stacy2 has commented endlessly about wanting a relationship where finances are kept separate but the man must make more than her, which is fine. But if you think your relationship is transactional (that’s what you’ve stated), and all women are engaging in some “nuanced” form of prostitution, then by your own logic, wouldn’t that make you a cheaper prostitute than let’s say a woman that doesn’t work or makes significantly less than a man who is supporting her financially? It seems to me she would be a higher priced prostitute than you. The whole concept is absolutely ridiculous to me and the fact that you, Stacy, believe this about yourself and other women has zero basis in reality. However, if you choose to view yourself as a prostitute (however nuanced), leave the rest of us out of it.

        8. Chance

          KK: you expect a man to provide for you, no?   There is only one reason that men on the general whole are willing to provide for a woman in the first place.   If you take sex off the table, then generally speaking, you’ll see a lot less men willing to provide for women.   That doesn’t mean that men and women don’t appreciate each other for other reasons as well, but if you take sex off the table, then provisioning is taken off the table.

           

          You connect the dots.

        9. KK

          Chance,

          What you’re not willing to acknowledge is that most people in relationships / marriages don’t view sex as part of a transaction. It’s one of many things you share as a couple, and whether sex is at the top of your priority list, the bottom, or somewhere in between it doesn’t change the fact that it is not a transactional relationship. In order for it to be a transaction, the woman would only be providing sex in order to receive something. That’s not the case though, is it? Women enjoy sex too. So unless a woman views sex as a means to an end, she’s just a regular woman who wants to be in a mutually satisfying relationship, sexually and otherwise.

        10. Emily, the original

          KK,

          What you’re not willing to acknowledge is that most people in relationships / marriages don’t view sex as part of a transaction.

          No, no no, Miss KK. The man brings home the bacon and the woman provides the poontang. There is nothing else to a relationship.     🙂

        11. Chance

          KK, and what you’re not willing to acknowledge is that, while women like sex, men like and need sex much more than women.   Every relationship in this world is based on reciprocity…. we (especially Americans) just prefer to apply social paint to the arrangement in order to cover up the more utilitarian truth.   Even your relationship with your children is based on transactions.   When you look at what women and men provide each other within the context of a romantic relationship, most things cancel out (e.g., both partners provide each other with companionship, both share in child-rearing, etc.).   The one area where the exchange is generally unequal is when it comes to the financial.   However, men are paying for something: access to a woman’s sexuality.

        12. Chance

          “No, no no, Miss KK. The man brings home the bacon and the woman provides the poontang. There is nothing else to a relationship.”

           

          Emily, I think you need to work on your reading comprehension based on a couple of your recent posts.   No one ever suggested that there wasn’t anything else to a relationship (or, at least, I didn’t suggest it).

        13. KK

          Chance,

          I have no doubt that is the way YOU view relationships and that you feel you have to pay (in your own words) in order to access a woman’s sexuality. I just don’t think you’ve made a convincing argument that all men or most men share your same point of view.

          Nor do I believe you know the first thing about parent / child relationships. I can assure you that the parent / child relationship is almost entirely a one- way street. That’s why selfish people shouldn’t procreate.

          Emily,

          Yeah, yeah. I know. Apparently, these younger people with less life experience know so much more than the rest of us. LOL. (smh)

        14. Chance

          KK, you mean to tell me that you get no sense of purpose or pride in raising children?   Exactly.

        15. KK

          Chance,

          You’re getting your concepts all confused.

          If I go to the store and make a purchase, that is a transaction.

          When parents love their children, they take care of them day in and day out simply because they love them. That’s it. No transaction. No motive. Nothing.

          What you’re talking about is the result or byproduct of good parenting. That feeling of pride or purpose is not the goal. See the difference?

        16. KK

          The manosphere uses this flawed concept of transactional relationships in an attempt to further degrade women. They view all women as prostitutes. A subset of feminists does as well, but only to degrade women that are not like them. The manosphere hates all women. This subset of feminists hates stay at home wives / mothers simply out of hate / envy. On other threads, Stacy2 has said she can always point out the mommy groups lunching in their Lulu lemons and other snark. Instead of the feminist ideals they claim to promote for all women regardless of their choices, this subset of feminists is jealous of women that have a lifestyle as good or better than theirs without bringing home a paycheck. They will never admit it, but it’s obvious given the snarky commentary. If you don’t believe me, Google: wives as husband’s prostitute. It will pull up a plethora of articles by your buds in the manosphere and also some “supposed” feminists claiming stay at home moms are prostitutes. It’s such a ridiculous and flawed concept, I have a hard time understanding how somewhat intelligent people could believe this. Love and devotion to one’s husband and children is never acknowledged.

        17. Chance

          There is a transaction present regardless of how you prefer to think of it.   While parents prefer to think that their decision to have children is rooted in altruism, the decision to have children is as equally selfish at the decision to not have children.

        18. KK

          Again, Chance, your comment only reflects your own mindset.

          In parenting, if you take love out of the equation, it makes no sense on a purely practical level to even have children. The cost of raising children would be seen as a total liability. There is no asset.

          So, why would anyone choose to have children? Love. They want to share their love with their children. Good parents are altruistic. They don’t view the cost of raising children as a liability because of the love they feel for their children. They see it as an investment in their children for the children’s benefit. Parenting is not selfish. It is selfless.

        19. Stacy2

          @KK
          …claiming stay at home moms are prostitutes. It’s such a ridiculous and flawed concept, I have a hard time understanding how somewhat intelligent people could believe this. Love and devotion to one’s husband and children is never acknowledged.
          Oh yeah, because love. Of course that must negate all other perfectly logical arguments. It may not necessarily be your strong suite, but try to bear with me: all relationships are transactional. Prositutution is just one specific type of a transaction. So, while a married woman is engaged in a transactional relationship, she is not a prostitute. Is this clear enough?

          All, and i mean all relationships are transactional. You’re engaging in this relationship because you’re getting something out of it. When you’re exchanging “love and devotion” with someone, you are transacting. And I will bet anything, you’re not offering your love and devotion to a homeless man on the corner. But a man who will pay for your lunches in lulus? Sure. Because, love. LOL. Gve me a break would you? Nobody doubts that you actually do feel love and devotion for this person, but the reason you do feel those things is because you’re getting something out of this. Even your decision to have children, ultimately, was made because YOU wanted to get something out of this (a sense of purpose in life or something like that may be) – not a material thing obviously, but some kind of feeling that mattered to you.

          If it makes you feel better, men function exactly the same. They get involved with women, and sometimes i see men getting involved with really shitty women, because they’re getting something out of it. Sex is obvious but there’s much more that that. They’re getting this feeling of being important, of being a provider, belonging to certain class or archetype, an ego boost if the wife is hot, and, of course, the love and devotion that you provide. So, you see, it’s all about what we’re getting out of it.

           

           

        20. KK

          Stacy2 said,

          “Oh yeah, because  love.”

          Yes. Love.

  18. 38
    Marie

    Lol, Stacy2, are you kidding me? I think you are way underestimating the costs.   My facials, waxing, and blowouts alone cost $1100 per month.   And of course I keep that up after marriage and am not one of those women who let’s herself go.   (And yes my money, my makeovers). Yes women’s clothes are expensive.   Yes being married to a Frenchman who loves fashion just as much? I only get grief for buying cheap looking crappy stuff. You do really need to share with me who is discounting your stuff so much, though. 🙂

    1. 38.1
      GoWiththeFlow

      Marie,

      Especially once women get past a certain age we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.   If we spend money to try and maintain or enhance our appearance we’re called vain, selfish, told we have low self esteem, and are told our expenses are excessive.   If we cut back or don’t put any effort into it, we have let ourselves go 😉

      1. 38.1.1
        Stacy2

        These men (and women) who say things like that are the worst types of hypocrites. They’re toxic and need to be avoided in relationships. I would ignore them completely (and obviously i don’t care about what they think or say.. )

      2. 38.1.2
        Marie

        Yep, GWTF, society loves to tell women what they should and should not do. I once broke up with a guy on the spot who had the nerve to tell me on Valentine’s Day dinner no less why was it that I can’t/won’t wear jeans.   What if I were going somewhere casual, don’t I want to fit in? I said no, why in the world would anyone want to fit in? That’s a most horrible thought. If anything, people ought to want to fit in with ME. :-). So I next’d that one right quick.

  19. 39
    Marie

    On a more serious note, to answer the OPs question, my two cents:

    1) Context matters.   Are you worried about first dates in pubs because you dislike pubs or are secretly worried it signifies he’s just not that into you?   If you spend enough time getting to know him before the date with 2/2/2 you should have a clearer idea of his investment and would even be in a better position to counter with “I really have an aversion to pubs because… could we try this cute little mom and pop place on the street corner/picnic/backery shop/walk on the beach etc?   People generally have more leverage when the other person is already vested.   Besides which, if the date goes well you should already have a plan and be able to steer the other person in the subsequent venues that you want.   Usually if you have a clear vision of what you want and can articulate it well, people will usually be happy to go along with it.

    2) Know your boundaries and the hill you’re willing to live and die on.   If you really don’t like pubs by all means you need to say so, as long as you understand the potential costs.   I don’t think you should twist yourself into a pretzel doing something that feels fundamentally wrong to you.   Your gut should tell you how far to take this.   For me, I hate sports bars. I find them loud, the TVs distracting to both of us, I don’t like beer, and the service is generally not very good.   So if they propose a sports bar I will suggest something else otherwise it’s a waste of my time to go because it never turns out well.   I cannot be my best self there.

    3) Set him up to win. You’re a stranger and men are not mind readers so you need to gently tell him what your preferences are.   I pretty much set up a roadmap for my hubby on our first date of my preferences which he used to plan dates for the rest of the month.   I was happy, he was happy that I was happy, and I gave him all the credit of planning great dates. Win-win. It’s the same thing with women whining that mean are texting and not calling. I made my preferences clear for calling before we even met. Men can follow directions if they want to, trust me.

  20. 40
    Stacy2

    You know what I hate the most in people? Hypocrisy. So let me tackle this one by one.

    @KK:

    this subset of feminists is jealous of women that have a lifestyle as good or better than theirs without bringing home a paycheck.  

    What a treasure chest this statement is . You do realize that in order to have as good or better lifestyle as I do, you’d need to marry a really wealthy man? I am a 1%er, and you’d need double that. Which is ok. Go do that, if you can, i don’t judge. But puleaase, for the love of God, stop your BS about, you know, love  and stuff and telling me and others how we should not be filtering for income because, shallow. What’s the matter, afraid of the competition? LOL

    Now, another treasure here:

    @Shaukat:

    Stacy’s response was predicated on the assumption that attractiveness  must be synonymous  with  a blonde, razor thin fashion model with a coke habit.

    A fashion model with a coke habit? LOL Can you say “straw man” a bit louder? What i described, in fact, was a healthy, fit, athletic woman who is well groomed and takes good care of her skin, hair and overall health.

    But your hypocrisy extends beyond constructing this caricature of what i actually said. See the thing is, you want exactly this type of woman that I described. You and all men like you, heck, most all men want  exactly this kind of woman.

    Make you chose between a fit blonde with radiant skin and a woman size 24 with acne and hair on her upper lip and you will all make the same choice. Every single one of you, given the opportunity. So why are you denigrating women for making an effort to look exactly like the most of you want them to look? Oh… i get it. You wan’t them to look like that without any effort, right? You want the ultimate “cool girl” who rolls out of bed looking like Kate Upton on the cover of Vogue, gives you a bj and proceeds to eat a stack of pancakes? You are either dumb as a box of hammers (if you think it’s possible) or, more likely, your’re simply a toxic person who is in this to denigrate women. My money is on the latter. And any normal woman would be crazy to take anything you say seriously

    1. 40.1
      Shaukat

      Stacy, you are one of the most bitter, resentful, jaded and cynical characters I have ever come across, but again, your posts are entertaining. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    2. 40.2
      KK

      Stacy2,

      This may come as a complete shock to you but there are women who end up in relationships / marriages with the men you’re desperately trying to attract without strategically attempting to do so, much less making it a life goal. It doesn’t make one a hypocrite to point that out.

      1. 40.2.1
        Stacy2

        And some people win the lottery, Captain Obvious. And?

        If you want to see desperate, btw, check out a 44yo divorcee with no marketable skills whose alimony is scheduled to end in 2 years. Lol. There’s no desperate here.

        1. Chance

          Agree.   Alimony is probably one of the most obvious manifestations of a subversively money-for-sex relationship that existed ostensibly for “love”.

        2. KK

          Stacy2,

          Did you even read Kanga’s comment? More than once, other ladies on here (including me) have tried to explain to you that snagging some ultra wealthy guy is not going to make you happy. There are plenty of wealthy people who have integrity and all the other positive qualities one would want in a mate, but if you filter for wealth first instead of those important qualities, I don’t think your odds of ending up with a great guy are too good. Anyway, you seem to have it all figured out, including your (not desperate attempts to make yourself into something you’re not to try to attract wealthy men) so good luck.

        3. KK

          Well, Chance, I hope you’re prepared to pay it, since you yourself have stated that it makes more sense for the wife to stay home and raise the children.

        4. Chance

          KK, that is not accurate.   I said there were certain circumstances where it would make more sense for a spouse to stay home.   I’m also never getting married, and even if I were to get married, I would prefer to marry a woman who actually made something of herself to the point that staying home would never look like an attractive option for either one of us.

        5. KK

          “I’m also never getting married, and even if I were to get married, I would prefer to marry a woman who actually made something of herself to the point that staying home would never look like an attractive option for either one of us”.

          I’m glad you used the word ‘prefer’ here because in other commentary you seem to place an awful lot of negative judgment against couples who have different preferences, regardless of how accomplished the wife is when they get married.

        6. Chance

          KK, not sure where you got that.   What a couple decides to do is their own business.   It seems like you always just want to have the last word.   So, I’ll have some fun with that… I’m gonna keep going just to see how long you’re willing to go just to have the last word.

        7. Chance

          KK:   Actually, I change my mind.   I’m not willing to go on with you because I don’t think you’ll ever stop.   This is my last post to you.   Ever.

           

          “I’m glad you used the word ‘prefer’ here because in other commentary you seem to place an awful lot of negative judgment against couples who have different preferences”  

           

          I’m struggling to wrap my mind around this kind of lack of self-awareness.   KK, pretty much all you do here is judge people who have different preferences than you.   I mean, largely, there really anything else that you do.   This is it.   You have to know this about yourself, right?   If so, then do you just think of the stupidest possible things to say just to see how people will react?     I think I get it now….. the joke’s on me.   No one is this dumb.

      2. 40.2.2
        Shaukat

        Actually, I change my mind.   I’m not willing to go on with you because I don’t think you’ll  ever  stop.   This is my last post to you.  

        Too bad. I was getting ready to be entertained;)

        1. Tom10

          @ Shaukat #40.2.2
          “Too bad. I was getting ready to be entertained;)”
            
          Lol, me too.
            
          In fact, I actually sense some sexual tension between Chance and KK; they seem to really enjoy teasing each other. Hahaha.

        2. Emily, the original

          Tom10,

          In fact, I actually sense some sexual tension between Chance and KK; they seem to really enjoy teasing each other. Hahaha.

          Agreed! Maybe we should all chip in so they can get a room!   🙂
          (I’m joking, of course.)

        3. KK

          I was green with envy from all the attention he’s been giving to Stacy2. Perhaps I need to work on my subtelty.    ; )

        4. Emily, the original

          KK,

          I was green with envy from all the attention he’s been giving to Stacy2. Perhaps I need to work on my subtelty.    ; )

          No, no, Miss KK! This is a dog-eat-dog world! It’s dating! You do ALL you have to do! Be the girl who shows up wearing a tank top and no bra!

    3. 40.3
      Kanga

      “I am a 1%er” – This is why Stacy has her attitude. She lives in a rarified atmosphere provided by Daddy dearest who is as shallow as her.   If she didn’t look good, what else would her possible contribution be to a relationship?   That’s how she has been brought up. We can’t blame her and she can and will live a perfectly happy life because in my experience 1%ers don’t have the capacity to think much deeper than branding etc.   Also, their money protects them from ever needing to think about anything else. They can and do actually go through the whole of their lives in a bubble. Having been poor and also in a relationship with a 1%er, I found the atmosphere stifling, boring and shallow but you must understand they do NOT. They can’t even see themselves in any way but superior in every way.   There is really no use trying to tell Stacy2 there is something more to life than looks and money. Her whole experience denies that paradigm and as long as she remains a 1%er, she won’t ever have the need to grow.   After she prostitutes herself to have children with another 1%er, predictably she will become ‘spiritual’ and have an eat, pray , love experience that will be just as predictably white bread as every other botoxed 1%er over 40.   She will think what she is feeling and doing is original but because she does live in a bubble will have no clue her very predictable 1% life has been mapped from birth.   When she has her spiritual awakening she will also not shut up about it, lol. God, those women are the worst when they realise ‘wow, we can be deep, just like the plebs – pass me the Dom’.

      Stacy2 doesn’t need sympathy or reviling – she simply doesn’t have any capacity to understand anything outside of her experience.   She will be protected from reality her whole life, will do the spiritual thing in her 40s because she will realise, shock horror, people get old and she will feel she is actually doing something meaningful. She may influence her sphere but in the long run she will be kept away from real life and never experience it and she does not want to, unless it involves 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.

      She isn’t bitter or jaded – this is their world. It’s the pinnacle of capitalism – it’s what every American strives for. Some of them write a book – “I had everything, but I was unhappy and then I realised what really matters”. Don’t be fooled – those books are to tap into a market, they don’t ever have these feelings. And if Stacy isn’t on Coke – I’d be super surprised. These people snort like no tomorrow and that’s part of how they lose their humanity. Nothing like coke to make you shallow AF.   Stacy will have a golden life and money will protect her every bad decision. She has no idea how plebs view her and she is also not interested.   That’s my observation of my time with the 1%ers.

      1. 40.3.1
        Stacy2

        @kanga

        every last penny I have I’ve made myself. All of your other conjectures are equally ridiculous. Based on what you wrote before about writing love notes to a paycopath, it is highly doubtful you are fit to give anyone advise on dating. Just saying.

      2. 40.3.2
        Henriette

        Dear Kanga – More than a few posters who comment on on this site are 1%ers.   Please stop with the prejudicial comments.   It’s not acceptable to make disparaging comments about large swaths of the population.   If you have issues with Stacy2, please address them to her, directly, without the ugly blanket statements.

        1. Kanga

          I’m not sure people with multi-millions have a lot of time to spend commenting on blogs and are in need of dating advice.   Do you really think that there are more than a few multi-millionaires and billionaires here, looking for advice?   That would not have been my guess at all. and we can only take their word for it that they are multi millionaires. I would have thought anything under 10 million would not be 1% and I think that’s being very conservative. In Australia to be in the top 1% you need at least 11 million in assets and over 1 million in petty cash. I only know a few people in that category close enough to call on their personal mobile for example (actually one I know doesn’t even own a mobile!! She’s almost uncontactible by people who don’t know her very very well). 1% is 1% – by it’s very definition – is not a large swath of the population. It is exactly only 1% of the population.   I can sympathise with the 1%ers who believe they need someone with more money than them to date – that would be very difficult in this present market. For Stacy who wants somebody with double her money, she needs to find someone with at least 22 million in assets alone and over 2 million in spare cash kicking around. I’m also certain that 1%ers could care less about what people say about them, although I guess in hindsight some of the 1%ers I know personally do NOT fall into the paradigm I described and I would apologise to them.   I don’t have issues with Stacy – I think her POV is perfectly understandable.

        2. Stacy2

          Dear Kanga: here in the US this term is used to group people by income rather than assets. The IRS puts the national average for 1pc top income at around 500k. Just thought I’d save you some further agony and embarrassment since Google is clearly not your friend.

        3. Henriette

          @ Kanga, here in Canada,   “1%ers” are all who earn an annual income of Cdn $191,100 or more (which is equivalent to earning upward of   US $142,000).   And that’s pre-tax, in a country that has the second-highest personal tax rate in the G7.   The majority of our “1%ers” are managers, lawyers, finance people, engineers, doctors and dentists.

          You’re telling us that all these folks think about nothing but branding, live in bubbles, snort coke?   There are almost 300,000 of them.   You wouldn’t call that a large swath?   You don’t believe that plenty of the posters here at EMK might fall into this category?

          I’m truly sorry you had a bad experience with a shallow, overprotected rich guy.   I had a bad experience with a Pakistani;   I would not, however, be justified in asserting that, “dark-skinned men are skeevy liars who have unhealthy relationships with their mothers.”

          I certainly don’t agree with all Stacy2 writes, but I’m grateful for her honest posts.   One of the many thought-provoking elements of this blog is the comments from people of all different backgrounds and mind-sets.   I want to read what you think, too.   Please… just edit out your sweeping prejudicial statements and personal insults.

        4. Shaukat

          Hi Henriette,

          The definition of the top 1% turns on the type of criteria used by the analysts. Some economists employ net worth (assets-liabilities), excluding primary residence, as opposed to income. This is actually a more meaningful definition, since it goes without saying that someone with an annual salary of 140k but a debt burden of 200k isn’t actually all that wealthy. Using the former definition, many of the professionals you described would not fall into the 1% category.

        5. Henriette

          Thanks, @Shaukat.   In Canada, a net worth (cars, house, jewellery, savings, everything) of above US $1.42 million makes one a 1%er.     I’m not sure how extravagantly people could live on that sum total in your town, but please check out real estate prices in Toronto or Vancouver to get a hint of how far it goes, here.

          However, my purpose wasn’t to educate readers on the exact paramaters of the Canadian 1%.   I was illustrating the bigger point that it’s ridiculous for Kanga to assert that 1%ers use hard drugs or only care about thread count and brands.   The wealthy ~ be they entrepreneurs, inheritors, professionals, investors, lottery winners… ~ are a diverse group who cannot simply be dismissed as a pack of coke-heads and bubble-dwellers any more than all lower income people have multiple “baby mamas” and smoke crack.

      3. 40.3.3
        Chance

        “And if Stacy isn’t on Coke — I’d be super surprised. These people snort like no tomorrow and that’s part of how they lose their humanity.”

         

        I am positively stunned this comment got through.

        1. Evan Marc Katz

          Me, too. I am going to talk with my assistant about this.

        2. Kanga

          Sorry I was replying to whoever wrote that Stacy2 viewed beauty as a skinny, white, blonde coke head.   I shouldn’t have made his/her comment towards Stacy2 as personal to Stacy her/himself.

      4. 40.3.4
        Evan Marc Katz

        Kanga, don’t do that again on my blog. We can argue about issues all we want. We can’t attack individuals. Future comments like this will be censored. If you continue with them, they will be deleted. I disagree with a good 50% of the way Stacy presents things, but she has the right to speak her POV, however distasteful, as long as she’s not attacking you. That’s how adults argue.

        1. Kanga

          Yes, of course, it was personal to Stacy2 and how she came across. I am unreservedly sorry and apologise for going overboard to you for using your blog to do so and to Stacy2 as well.

          I don’t necessarily find her POV distasteful at all. It is unswerving, that’s for sure, but perfectly understandable to me, given my experiences.

          Thank you for pointing this error out to me.

      5. 40.3.5
        Marie

        Kanga, your comment is a bridge too far.   Just because you had a relationship end badly with a 1%er doesn’t mean you should take it out on Stacy2 or other 1%ers. People of all income levels are capable of doing good things and bad things, have healthy habits or be addicted to drugs.   Have you kept up on the opioid and heroin epidemic lately?   Furthermore, being a 1%er doesn’t mean you were born with wealth.   Many people worked their way up. And even if you were born wealthy, that doesn’t inherently make you a bad person.   Maybe you should worry a little bit less about wealth and class envy and focus more on actually picking the right men.

        1. Henriette

          Yup.

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