Yes, the analogy of the bridegroom and bride is accurate. However, as mentioned earlier the consequences of the woman refusing causes much strife. For example, I have gone dancing at a county bar attending 2-3x a month in South Carolina = not many Catholics. I gained the trust of men and women regulars twice my age since they knew I was not chasing women, even to the point of not staring. I would go up to a table of women and ask one to dance. If the first said "No" then I had almost zero chance of getting a "Yes" on her friend ( and no it was not a bachalorette party; those are off limits). I then walk down the floor and ask another woman. If she noticed the rejection, then she too had a high probabilty of giving rejection unless she saw my proficiency of dancing already. Then I go back and dance with a woman who has a son older than me.
Another aspect I have witnessed is that if I ask a woman out for a date or an innocent coffee trip after she would in my opinion flirt heavily (may be she is just generous), she would act horrified, then leave the social event never to come back to that dance club or social group. It has happen to my friends before; it appears some women are being fake and enjoy flirting until you call her out.
Another point is many women enjoy playing games like "Come closer so I can hit you" or "Pickin' on poor me?" or even "I knew you were like the others". Us men like to gauge the woman in the social setting to first see if she is friendly. To me if she wants to date immediately with no time in building some sense of friendship then I suspect her of something.
I just read a long list (40+ items of characteritics of a misogynist) You know what the women seemed to endorse the characteristics of five of the first ten listed! Ahhh...now I know I have poor luck...I am not a misogynist...shucks.
I agree with one comment earlier that a woman should heavily consider accepting that first date to give the man practice and confidence and for her to practice revealing and learning about a man. If a woman believes that she should not let a man have the practice, then I may know why she is reading this post. :) I have no problem asking everyone single woman out on a date at a party until I get a "Yes". It just I like to see if the group will support our dating...I don't want to "rescue" her from the group....which is the first listed trait of a misogynist. Just search that term with armor and rescue to see the list. Peace.