What Women Want: Who Cares?

Published 15 years ago -  - 15y ago 40

I had no intention whatsoever of writing on this topic this week, but after reading the headlines it became obvious that I had no choice but to speak up. Based on a recent news item and a new book I again validated what most men figured out long ago: as a group, women don’t know what they want.

Sure, if you ask a woman what they want they will tell you, but that doesn’t mean squat because tomorrow is a new day. Women change their minds more often than men change their socks. Maybe that’s why women own so many pairs of shoes. Or maybe walk-in closets really aren’t for hanging clothes; maybe it’s just an unconscious female plot to corner the shoe market one day at a time by changing their minds ten minutes after purchasing a pair of pumps to go with that little black dress. You know which one I mean. It’s the one that looks just like the other three little black dresses stuffed into the closet amidst a mountain of shoes, most of which have only been worn once, if at all. Imagine how many garages men would need to store their junk if they bought as many $50-$100 monthly fixes as women do buying shoes. But I digress.

Sarah Womack writes, “While acknowledging that the sexual revolution is partly to blame for the destruction of the old-fashioned gentleman, half of women say men have little concept of social etiquette, politeness or courtesy. They accuse men of behaving like gentlemen only when it suits them, although that view is held by seven out of 10 men themselves.”

How eminently prudent of men. How astute an observation by women. Duh!

“One in 50 men say gentlemanly behavior is for “snobs and wimps”. Dr David Lewis, a psychologist, said men who were successful in business and sport were still regarded highly by women.”

Can you say meal ticket?

“But chivalry and social graces, such as pulling out chairs, carrying the shopping, complimenting a woman on her appearance and opening doors, were often more important than money.”

As ABC’s Mark Stossel would say, “Give me a break!” It will be at least subzero in Hades when opening a door is more important than money to any woman. My guess is that this “survey” indicates all of those things that women decide that they want after they have achieved the security of a meal ticket. The meal ticket always comes first. To presume otherwise reflects badly on women, plus it lends legitimacy to chivalry. That ancient custom went out with crew cuts when political correctness appeared, along with radical feminists. Funny how that works, huh?

Once a woman has secured the primary objective she (somehow) suddenly considers herself free to shift her sights to a new target. This is known as “changing your mind” or “changing your husband” or “finding yourself”–or all three–if you are a woman. Women don’t all progress at the same pace, but their consistency at doing this is uncanny.

This bizarre female behavior is met with considerable consternation by the male of the species. He is typically much more interested in watching his second NFL game on Sunday than learning how to cook or going shopping for anything. Men are like that. They know what they want. They watch football. Simple and straightforward. How many male football fans do you know who during the Super Bowl suddenly change their minds and rush out to buy shoes on sale?

From MSNBC Today Show: “Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? Author [editor] Cathi Hanauer addresses these questions in a collection of original essays in which 26 women writers invite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices they’ve made, what’s working, and what’s not.”

The Bitch in the House apparently wants to tell the world what men already know: women aren’t happy. Men figured that out long ago, soon after no-fault divorce appeared on the social scene. Now it’s 30 years later and we are to believe that women are just figuring this out. Why am I not surprised?

It’s my personal opinion that women will never be happy until they start thinking, acting, and living more like men. I know, I know, that’s heresy of the first order, but stick with me here. Women say that they have problems and most of them are with men, but the fact of the matter is that men don’t have 95% of those problems. It’s not because men are better than women. It’s not because women are more sensitive than men. It’s not because of a woman’s lack of upper body strength or anything like that at all. It’s because women think, act, and live like women. All women have to do to be happy is become more like men.

This is not a tribute to NOW or any other radical feminist organization, but I don’t need a Ph.D. in anything to point out the glaringly obvious truth. Put ten male strangers together in a room, lock the door, and within 20 minutes they will be telling high school football stories and making plans to go hunting or fishing together. Try the same thing with ten female strangers and you will more than likely end up with a catfight on your hands.

Men don’t go through life regarding every other man they meet as their enemy, but women do. Unlike women, men couldn’t care less what they are wearing or if their socks match. Unlike women, men don’t hold grudges for three decades over perceived slights by a classmate from grammar school. Unlike women, men don’t care if their date from last night ever calls them. Men figure that telephones are for outgoing calls, not for incoming calls that interrupt their dinner–or worse yet–Monday Night Football.

It’s all about perspective and knowing what you want. If you wake up in the morning knowing that you have to go to work it doesn’t matter what gender you happen to be, but don’t tell a woman that. A man will get up and wear whatever is at the ready. It doesn’t have to be new, it doesn’t have to fit perfectly, it doesn’t have to “match,” a missing button is not a crisis, style never enters the equation, and cleanliness is a relative factor. Try the same scenario with a woman and see what happens.

If women want to be happy all they need to do is act more like men. Stop all the catfights. Stop all the gossip. Stop all the process BS and focus on the results. Forget about shopping as a hobby and join a 12-step program to kick the shoe habit. Stop drinking white wine and try a beer. Forget about soufflés and quiche; try a Monster Burger with extra fried onions and double cheese. Stop watching All My Children and start watching the NFL.

Happy is as happy does. If you want to be happy hang around happy people. Stop blaming others for your failures and poor decisions. Start looking in the mirror instead of pointing your finger. Stop claiming to be a victim and realize that happiness is a state of mind, not something you get by court order from your divorce(s).

As a group, women need to figure out what they really want. Until then, nobody cares.

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