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Sexism is rife on Valentine’s Day

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14/02/2007

Women should offer to pay for dinner on Valentine’s Day but men should refuse to take their money, a survey by moneysavingexpert.com has found.

Brits are still old-fashioned when it comes to romantic meals, with almost half (48%) of blokes saying they still feel they pay for dinner. However, the correct etiquette, according to a quarter of women and 17% of men, is that “the women offers, but the man refuses and pays anyway”.

Martin Lewis, creator of Moneysavingexpert.com said: “It surprises me that in this day and age we still expect the man to pay for dinner, and don’t take into account how much each partner earns, or just go Dutch.

“If you asked me to clinically evaluate whether this is good or bad financial logic, clearly this makes no sense. But whoever said there’s logic where love is concerned?”

More women than men prefer to go Dutch, with nearly a third of women saying they’d be happy to split the bill compared to just 13% of men.

Just 1% of men say the women should pick up the tab. No women believed females should be expected to pay the bill in the full.

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