Who should pay on a first date?

A couple of weeks ago I tried my hand at writing my first ever relationships column for a friend’s online magazine. I have always been very nervous about the idea of actually writing and publishing my personal life – no matter how many of my friends request it – but I surprised myself. I really enjoyed writing it! You can read it in full above, re-blogged from Olivia magazine… it would have been rude not to write for them with a serendipitous name like that! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article and also your thoughts on who should pay on a first date.

Olivia Magazine

Going through the routine of picking a ‘first date’ outfit last week, my best friend and I were able to agree on my figure-flattering-but-not-too-short navy dress with my mid-heel-so-as-not-to-be-taller-than-him-but-still-elegant sandals, but as we giggled about possible worst case scenarios there was one thing we couldn’t agree on. Who should pay on the first date?

Both of us are self-professed feminists but whilst she subscribes to the old school rules of romance, I’m ardent that I can play the part of Prince Charming just as well as the next guy. “I definitely think the guy should pay on a first date!” she squealed at me. I looked back at her with my most serious ‘equal opportunities face’, “Why should he? I earn money too.” In a world where women can do almost any job that a man can, it seems unnecessary, in fact almost rude, not to at…

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