February 28, 2005

Dating Etiquette

There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection is the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no curcumstances can the food be omitted.

- Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, as quoted in Sex, Time, and Power by Leonard Shlain

Posted by natasha at February 28, 2005 12:11 AM | Philosophy | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

Dang, maybe that's where I've misread the social customs, I never know how to bet the right balance of affection, and food. Am I always supposed to bring food?

Posted by: Michael at February 28, 2005 06:45 AM

If I simply give myself the entertainment, food, and affection, do I still call that dating?

Posted by: The One True b!X at February 28, 2005 10:20 AM

Food is love! ;-)

Posted by: Jon Stahl at March 4, 2005 06:58 PM