Before you answer, consider this: girls have a lot to pay for in order to make themselves look nice for the guy. They have to pay for make-up, skin care products, hair-care products, and cute clothes that are often highly over-priced. These expenses all add up, so it's not like the girl isn't spending any money for the guy's sake either. If a girl is spending money to make herself look hot, isn't it only fair a guy spends money to be dating said hot girl?
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Honestly, this is one of the dumbest rationalizations I've ever heard. Guys have to take care of themselves too, plus they generally have to have a car, which has to be kept cleaned, mechanically maintained, fueled and insured, just to get you to the date. I promise you that alone costs far more than your hair and make-up (unless you are spending wildly and/or are brand-obsessed). It's not like a guy can walk to your door in ratty old jeans and take you on a date on his skateboard.
Besides, are you suggesting that, if it wasn't for the date, that you wouldn't be wearing the same make-up or clothes? Please. I have sisters, and I've lived with women - none of them have ever needed the excuse of a date, or even a guy, to doll themselves up or to spend money on clothes, shoes, and make-up. They do all that for themselves as much or more than for guys.
I'm a traditionalist, and I usually pay for dates, but that's because I *WANT* to, not because it's "fair", because objectively, it isn't.
Maybe a PROM, where the girl is buying an expensive outfit and hairstyle/makeup for a rare event; THAT is an exception to the rule, and your argument has some validity. But a normal, routine date? You can't be serious.3