Now that I'm dating again, the issue of who pays comes up. I'm all for equality and had the full belief that we should split costs. Then that issue of the the gender gap in pay came to mind. Early 2018 reports came out with women's earnings being 80.5 cents for each mans dollar. It is those extra dollars from which discretionary spending comes. I know I took time off my career to care for children, tanking my own earning potential, while my ex's earning potential increased. Perhaps it is reasonable for higher earning individuals to pay more for dating?