Women have Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider's The Rules, with dating rules are clearly spelled out explaining what a woman can do to net herself a marriage-minded man. Men, on the other hand, have The Game by Neil Strauss, a tell-all tome about pickup artists and how any man can have the woman of his dreams.
Personally, I found both of these takes on dating mildly offensive. Of course there are rules when it comes to dating and relating, and those who follow them have a higher-than-average chance of succeeding (depending on your definition of success). But do we need to buy into stereotypes to find someone?
This is why I think there need to be new dating rules put into place for all singles to agree to, no matter what their sexual orientation, dating strategy or long-term goals. Dating is dating, and it behooves us all to abide by some simple yet straightforward rules, don't you think?
I've already come up with dating rules to meet someone new, and am working on dating rules that are more general in nature - but would love your opinion. Tell me: what you think the rules of dating should be?