This myTake attempts to understand how the interpretation of "Dating" has been distorted and why it is so often equated with "Being in a relationship".
When I say I'm "dating" someone, it doesn't mean we have made it official yet - at least not to me. It means that we are in the process of discovering who we are, our and likes and dislikes and generally whether there is a future worth living together. It's the "fun" stage and not necessarily the time to call each other "boyfriend" and "girlfriend".
"Being in a relationship", again for me, is officiality. This is the point where you've accepted a sexual and emotional partner into your life and are, supposedly, loyal to them.
I suppose when I sometimes say "I'm currently dating 2 women", a lot of people will read it as "I'm currently in a relationship with 2 (unsuspecting) women" and will literally gut me because of it. But in fact, I am going on dates with 2 women and, with the help of these dates, I am trying to figure out who I'd want to share my life with.
Yes, I don't tell them I am. Which, I'm afraid, is not deceiving.
So "Dating" =/= "Being in a relationship".