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on dates, females apparently prefer — and sometimes, expect — men to pick up the tab at dinner. So what gives?

The phenomenon has even stumped scientists, who recently analyzed gender roles in the courtship stages of relationships. Among other findings, they examined the so-called “courtesy grab”— a woman’s half-hearted attempt to reach for her wallet when the dinner check comes — in a world where women are dominating the work force. According to the results of a study of 17,000 survey participants presented Sunday at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, more than half of women offer to kick in on dating-related expenses, yet 39 percent admitted to hoping that their partners wouldn’t take them up on their offer, and 44 percent said they were annoyed when they did.

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