- Briefly.co.za asked our readers if it was okay for women to pay a dinner bill and were overwhelmed by the reactions
- Some social media users were clinging to the traditional beliefs that men are responsible of taking care of women
- However, others applauded women for stepping up and for the men who let go of toxic misogyny
Men have been expected to pay for dates for as long as we can remember. However, with the modernisation of the world and the ever-changing acceptable behaviours in society, more and more women are changing the rules when it comes to dating.
Briefly.co.za decided to ask our readers if they thought it was acceptable for a woman to take her man out for dinner and pay the bill.
We were overwhelmed by the reactions and decided to take a look at a couple of arguments for and against women footing the dinner bill.
Those who are for women paying the date's bill:
Neo Lusala wrote:
"Yes, a woman can take out a man and pay for the meal. It shouldn't only be the man's duty to pay, a man also deserves to be spoiled."
Mandla Mncube added:
"Why should this be an issue if you want to enjoy a special meal with someone special? Who cares about the costs. It shouldn't be a gender issue."
Samantha Fraggie Crozier commented:
"Yes, if a woman decides to take a man out, then yes, she’s to pay. He was the one invited. But if the man asks a woman out, he pays. So it depends on who invites the other."
Retshedisitswe Pri Lekalake wrote:
"I can't believe that we are still having this debate in 2019. Yes, it is okay for anyone to take anyone out if they can afford it. It is okay for a woman to pay when she takes the man out, it is okay for a man to pay when he is taking another man out, it is okay for a woman to pay when she's taking a woman out. Get with the programme."
Mte Dyamu added:
"I don't see anything wrong with that. Almost every day we hear people talking about equality. Why can't there be equally when it comes to expenses?"
Views from the readers who oppose it:
Siyabonga Mbatha commented:
"Nope! I think for me as man neh, I'm the one who supposed to be responsible for that. For my dignity and reputation of how I'll look like in public. It's a no for me."
Malwande Enzokuhle Samson said:
"It's good. But for me, I'll never allow my girlfriend, because I'll never feel comfortable when she spends for me hayi!! My father didn't raise me like that, he taught me to provide for my lady."
Flour N Spice wrote:
"It's a no for me. At least he must pay his and I mine, not me paying his entire meal. Nope, I will pass."
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