I never thought Channel 7’s First Dates would be the television program to provide insightful commentary on contemporary society and relationships.
But here it is.
Once you look past the cringeworthy pre-risotto small talk and foot fetishism, First Dates holds a mirror up to the single women of Australia. And it’s a DAMN CONTRADICTORY REFLECTION YOU GUYS.
Let me explain.
Why, in the name of peanut butter and all that is holy, are single women still so hesitant to pay for the first date?
Every single time the waiter dude comes along, wielding his fancy tray and asking for payment, the majority of female daters make half-assed attempts to look like they'll pay.
"Oh... I can... If you want... I mean... um... I can't find my..." they stammer as they pretend to reach into their $280 Mimco bags. The second the poor blokes concede defeat, roll their eyes and offer a cursory "It's okay", the ladies' hands snap back so fast it's a wonder they don't need an on-site physiotherapist.
And if the guys DARE accept their half-hearted offer to pay, or even suggest to split the bill, many of the women appear so notably peeved they drop him like it's hot.