Yet while women proclaim their achievements and abilities, we are still bemoaning that fact that men won't pay for dates anymore, or go round opening doors, or bow out politely after being refused yet still be there to aid and succor in emergency, like Mr. Darcy does in Pride and Prejudice. Yet, what is in it for them if they do? I've seen women rudely snub men who opened doors for them or otherwise take offense if men offer help. Dating is no longer a man displaying his gentlemanly qualities and offering a small proof of his ability to provide. Women can provide for themselves. At this moment in time, she's more likely to have a job than he is. So why should he pay?
It's no use saying you liked it better the old way either because it's gone and not coming back. So, onward and upward into our Brave New World. At the bare minimum, you should:
- Pay for your own stuff
- Keep yourself safe by not putting yourself in dangerous situations (do not expect a man to come physically to your rescue, in other words)
- Figure out how to handle minor emergencies - such as car failure - yourself