Here are some dating rules that all confident girls should ignore.
Hell, that all girls should ignore: Let's start with the basics. While online dating and apps have definitely equaled the playing field a bit, I still know a lot of women that think in heterosexual dynamics it's the fella who should do the asking out. Yes, the disagreement comes from the fact that the only way I ever go on a date ever is when I initiate it (I don't think I've been asked out since the 90s), but that shouldn't change anything.
They've never been something I've conformed to, which I would like to say in some statement about women or autonomy or heteronormativity, but it's more just that any interaction I have with a man looks very much like the Someone Like You butter dance— by which I mean there's a lot of heart, but there's also a lot of butter.
I have to say it's better when you're not so hung up on how things should be.
So I don't think there's anything wrong in being encouraging and straightforward. There's this really unfortunate trend of women being so scared of looking 'crazy' or like 'that girl' that they end up burying it if they're not feeling OK about something or want something.
But in early stages of a relationship, I don't think there is a reason for a man to pay.
It's not an adorable tradition, it's a throwback to when women couldn't pay for anything and we were basically property.