I’m planning on proposing marriage to my girlfriend of two years, but I need to buy an engagement ring. Why the hell are diamonds so expensive, even in this economy. Would she be mad if I bought her another stone instead?
Oh man, you found the one thing that drives me bat-shit crazy: Women wanting something that is incredibly and unjustifiably expensive that has no purpose other than to loosely symbolize your relationship. She convinces you to go against your non-monogamous caveman instincts and YOU have to buy her TWO rings!? What dumb ass came up with this idea and why the shit do we still follow this?
In ancient and medieval times, men were fine with this because women didn’t have rights and were essential slaves, but now that women get half our shit when we get a divorce, this seems like a Ponzi scheme to me.
Lets look at the cost/benefit analysis of dating, marriage and divorce, because we all know that’s where your headed and see if it’s worth it to be a diamond ring or not?
Let’s assume you are a man, who is a perfect gentleman. You hold doors for your girl, you pay for her meals, you pick her up and you take her back and give her a smooch goodnight.
So, lets assume also, that this girl lives 25 miles away from you, and gas prices are 3.30 per gallon (national average now). You drive a Toyota Camry, which gets 25 MPG in the city. You take her out to dinner, and then a movie, and then drinks afterward.
$3.30 to get to her house, another $3.30 to get to the restaurant.
$35.00 for dinner (including tip).
$00.50 to drive to theatre
$27 dollars for a movie and a popcorn.
$00.50 to drive to the bar.
$15 dollars for drinks.
$3.30 to drive her back to her house and $3.30 to drive back to your place.
That totals to $91.20. Let’s assume you had great chemistry and you got a kiss at the end of the night.
$91.20 = kiss
I bet you if you asked a girl to give you a kiss for 50 bucks you would not only save time, but money.
Lets now assume your relationship is going swimmingly you guys have everything in common, but not too much, she loves your mother, and you hers, she doesn’t complain when you fart, and she lies that the sex is best she’s ever had.
After 6 months your brain begins to become used to (the partner induced dopamine release) aka being in love and you get used to each other, but you’re still very much in love.
Now let’s say that you wait to ask her to marry you for 2 years because you’re in school and you want to get your degree first and you go out at least once a week.
With 52 weeks in a year, times two years at $91 a pop that’s $9,464, if you’re really a nice guy add another $300 dollars for Valentines Day times two.
The average price for an engagement ring is $3,500 to $4000 dollars. Now, you are up to$13,000.
The average price for a honeymoon is $3,500 to $5,000. You are now up to $18,000!
Let’s assume you’re a REALLY nice guy, and you two have waited until you are married to have sex.
By now, you have receive around 300-400 kisses (depending on if she’s got a canker sore or if she’s on her period) and one sexy time session.
Kisses are valued at $45 dollars a pop now, and sex is valued at $18,000!
For $18,000, you can go to Las Vegas, get a room in a 5 star hotel, have sex with 5 high end prostitutes, and snort cocaine off of a Babe Ruth rookie card…
Let’s assume at this point, you’re like every other married couple in the world, and you are together for 5 years and you divorce because she was born with a vagina and you were born with a penis and you STILL don’t understand each other.
Because you waited to marry her after you got your masters degree, and she is teaching, you make more money than she does… Half your shit, gone, 20% of your income GONE for one year.
Let’s assume again… that you make $50,000 a year. Now, you have to pay $10,000 in alimony.
$28,000 + half your shit is the grand total and what do you have to show for your investment? Companionship for 7 years and sex?
That pans out to be $11 a day you pay a woman to have sex with you and sometimes be nice, when her hormones permit her to and nothing of value to show for it…
Women wonder why there aren’t nice guys anymore?
This is why women tend to be objectified, they cost an incredible amount of money for them to stay interested in you, and men want a return on their investment… but what they get in the end after spend 28,000 dollars is no sort of wealth to liquidate.
If we want the genders to be equal? Stop expecting men to pay for a diamond ring and thousands of dates just because it’s convenient for you.