I feel the same way about back darts and stripes! For women, I accept that this is a necessity. But for normal physique men, one may cut a decent back for up to 25cm chest/waist difference without darts.
Increasing the waist suppression in the side seam is not the same at all as having darts in the back. Darts are in the right place for anatomy. Too much waist suppression in the side seam will create drags. A trick would be to move the side seam a little backward when increasing waist suppression.
Neck dart is OK on solids, but it will be a mess on stripes.
It is true that the back is not as clean standing up, but when you reach forward, you need the extra room in the back. Didn't you do an experiment with a friend drawing dots on your back and measuring the increase in distance when you bent over?
As Sator points out, people wear shirts as an outer garment these days and want a "fitted look", so they use darts. It's true that supression at the side seam doesn't quite achieve the same effect, but I think it looks less effeminate.
If you do this, you can do this only with a plain color not with stripes or checkers. And even then I would do it not to the yoke.
The funny thing is that, having said I hate back darts because they ruin stripes, I don't mind that the stripes don't match the front seam of the yoke if it is curved. And I can't explain why!