I simply wonder why the same people who vehemently argued about the approprietness of 'dived' or 'dove' as the past tense of 'to dive', are so easily willing to use a verb neglecting its definition.
I assume you are including me among 'those people', and that is fair enough.
I have not been "neglecting" the "definition" of the 'mold'. It is less common, but equally valid, to say clothing is molding the shape of breasts than it is to say the clothing is molded by the shape of breasts. There was a famous ad which claimed their new bra "lifts and separates". Couldn't it be said that bra was molding its wearer's breasts into a more appealing shape?
My dislike of 'dove' instead of 'dived' is based on seeing no difference between their meanings in America. I have seen nothing that even suggests both are not equally valid, in all situations, for American English. There are regional differences in which tends to be preferred, and it does appear as if 'dove' is gaining in popularity and I would guess has overtaken 'dived' in recent decades.
In contrast, 'dove' sounds wrong to many who use British English, although I would agree it is universally understood.
My question to American authors who routinely prefer 'dove' is this: if two versions of a word are identical in AmE, why not choose the one that is preferred in BrE? Why irritate a proportion of your readers doing something that has no benefit?
I recognise a potential benefit from using 'dove' in some situations, for example, for a character from some region who would always use it.
I apply this reasoning the other way too - and far more frequently.
For example, I say 'spelt' much more often than 'spelled'. There are a few situations where I prefer 'spelled', some where I'd only ever use 'spelt', and some where either sounds acceptable. I would write 'spelled' in situations where I merely lean towards 'spelt' - simply to avoid causing needless irritation to some readers.
In both directions I favour the use of regular forms of verbs over irregular forms on the grounds that will 'Do No Harm!'