This week on Live with Regis and Kelly the pair discussed the much debated question of who should pay for dinner on a date.
Yes, I know there are more important things going on in the world, but trust me Kelly Ripa’s comments are worth noting here.
On the show Regis referenced a Zagat Guide article about new dining etiquette rules - the number one rule being “equality – men and women should be treated as equals.”
In response Kelly quickly chimed in asking, “What does that mean?”
Oh dear. I knew we were in trouble.
Regis continued, explaining that normally “men are more likely to pay for the bill and tip.”
“As they should be,” Kelly exclaimed after which she shared a story in which she was utterly disgusted:
“The check came and it sat their for a inordinate amount of time…and I was so disgusted at that point I thought I’ll get this one because it’s, you know, $100 that means I never have to see you again…It is gross. It’s gross. And I make sure to tell Mark to raise our sons to know that they pick up the check for a lady and any feminist out there that disagrees with me I am sorry but it’s gone ridiculous now where women are expected to pay for everything and no, no, no. If we have the children…We give birth. You pick up the check. That’s the way it goes.”
How can we possibly expect women to pay for meals? Or go to college? Or get a career? Especially when they are so busy having babies. Perish the thought.
I kid, obviously, but why is it such a big deal for a woman to take a man out to dinner? It’s not! It’s hard to believe that it’s 2011 and we are still having this debate. A man is not required to fit the bill on every date and if he doesn’t it’s actually ridiculous for a woman to find that to be “disgusting” or “gross.”
So what do you think? Should the man always pay for dinner? If he doesn’t do you think it’s “disgusting” or “gross?” And what about gay couples? If two men go out, who would Kelly suggest pay? What about two women? How would you decide?
You can check out a video of Kelly’s rant over at Jezebel.
What do you think?
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