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Moneyism: Why men still pick up the check on first dates

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be the one picking up the check.

I’m paraphrasing Jane Austen — but only just. Sure, women have made tremendous gains since the famous first line of “Pride and Prejudice” was published, but some of the same dynamics still stubbornly persist in heterosexual relationships today.

From who pays for the first date, to who buys the diamond ring used to propose, to who manages the money, every negotiation in relationships can seem weighted, even engineered, toward one inevitable end: The man having — and controlling — the money.

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