WHO PAYS FOR DATES
There has been a dramatic convergence in men‘s and women‘s participation
in thefamily and workplace over the past forty years. Despite this move toward equality, there appearsto be considerable adherence to conventional gender norms. As Ridgeway (2011, p. 185)describes it, there is a cultural lag between our beliefs about gender and the changes in thematerial circumstances between men and women. As England (2010) notes, shifts towardsgender equality in terms of how romantic relationships are organized have been particularlystagnant. Norms based on persisting gender stereotypes are still readily apparent in dating patterns in which the prescribed behaviors for heterosexual men and women differ substantially(Eaton & Rose, 2011; Grazian, 2007; Laner & Vetrone, 2000; Zelizer, 2005).
Dating Norms Among Adults
s of initiating intimate unions have put the spotlight on collegiate ―hookingup‖ in which sexual encounters between casual acquaintances or strangers typically last just one
night (Bogle, 2008; England, Shafer, & Fogarty, 2007). Dating, however, is not a thing of the past. This term is still widely used on college campuses today, typically after
together long enough leads to
‖ (England, 2013).
Bogle (2008) agrees that on campus the
term ―dating‖ is
later after many hook ups lead to a
themselves as boyfriendand girlfriend, but she notes that for many who never get that far, dating may be absent fromtheir college years. Post-college, based on interviews with a small subsample of graduates, Bogle(2008) describes a re
verse: formal ―dating‖ replaces hooking up as is the way to get to know
someone and young adults have money to spend and enjoy going somewhere on their planned