I've noticed that this is a controversial subject here on GAG given that several posts on this subject have been featured in these past several weeks and lots of people who oppose this ideology jump to the conclusion that girls who expect their partners to pay for dates are "gold diggers", "prostitutes", "sugarbabies", etc...Then on the other hand, you have people who believe this ideology because it's how they have been brought up and firmly believe in traditional gender roles since those were dating etiquette rules several decades ago. In essence, they share old-fashioned beliefs.
As per me, I believe that the guy should pay for dates because that's the traditional way to go. I'm also a conservative, old-fashioned kind of girl. Don't get me wrong, I believe that both partners should contribute towards things like household bills, gas, groceries, car insurance, student loans (if one or both partners still owes money) once they're either married or living together. However, based on my viewpoints on traditional gender roles, I believe that dates specifically, should be taken care of by the guy especially if they are still in the courtship process. Although, some exceptions can be made if the guy is currently unemployed or struggling financially. In such situtations, it would be fair for the woman to split the bill or take turns paying. But if he is fully capable of paying, he should definitely pay in my opinion.
I also believe in other chivalrous gestures such as opening doors, picking the lady up, etc...so it's not all about the dates.
That being said, I totally respect opposing viewpoints on this topic because it's all a matter of personal preference and beliefs. However, I strongly condemn the insults stating that old-fashioned, traditional women are "gold diggers" and are "taking advantage" of men because not every girl is out to exploit a guy financially, or pretending to love a guy for the sake of getting free dates.
Indeed, there are women out there who are looking to take advantage of guys for free dates, however that's why you need to get to know these women better so that you can get a better idea of whether they are truly interested in you or just after your $$$. And you probably won't know what their true intentions are until you have spent a significant amount of time together. But, the bottom line is that not every girl who expects their date or partner to pay for dates is trying to take advantage of him.