Thursday, June 26, 2014

Masculine Man vs Metrosexual Man

In this day and age positions between men and women are changing. Men no longer hold the perceived domination over their households that they once did. On any day of the week and in any city, you can find the average man in the kitchen cooking dinner while the wife is still at work. Our positions are reversing and that’s mostly a good thing. It’s pushing everyone towards a level playing field.

But let’s face it ladies, when it comes to femininity some of your men are driving strong towards the basket. It’s one thing to empathize with your woman, but it’s another thing to want to become her completely. Some of these men are taking the equality thing too far.
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And yes when it comes to masculinity, some of you women are guilty of this too. Just because you CAN do everything that your man does, do you really NEED to? Who are you trying to impress and why? One minute you’re into getting your nails done and looking pretty for the summer. The next minute you’re all thugged-out with Timberland boots on, sucking on a beer out of the can. Really? Don’t worry, you’re not going to get away Scott-free. I’ll address the ladies in my next post.

But this post is about the men. This is not a challenge to any individual’s lifestyle. Dress how you want, love who you want, do what you feel. If that’s what you’re into, kudos to you. Individuality should be celebrated, not frowned upon. Tolerance is something that the world needs more of.

But I’m not speaking of those individuals. I’m talking about the posers. I’m talking about the men that used to be as masculine as nails, but have now been transformed into walking strawberries.  And they did it all because they thought that’s the man you wanted. I’m speaking directly to the individuals that do things to impress their women, while knowing good and well that isn’t who they are. Yeah, that’s right. I’m talking to the fakers.

If you aren’t sure if your man falls into this category, let me help you. These are the 5 ways to tell if your man is too soft.

1.       He gets pedicures and manicures:  Self grooming is a good thing, but come on ladies. Your man has officially become too soft if he’s getting into arguments with you because you accidentally “chipped” his nail. Everyone has heard of the “metrosexual” lifestyle. But if he’s telling you that he can’t cut the grass in the yard because he has an appointment to get his pedicure, he’s officially become too soft.

Solution: Cancel his membership to your salon. Take him by the hand to the nearest mud hole and make him put his hands in. I jest but you’re going to need to do something to get his head back into reality. Make him hang out with the fellas more (although I doubt there are any left if he’s finger painting).

2.       He cries during every argument: I know what the health professionals are going to say about this. “Crying is healthy and should be encouraged.” Yeah…Yeah…Yeah…. When you met your man he wouldn’t even cry during the most gut wrenching movies. You would bawl like a baby while he’d comfort you. Now? He’s crying over any reality TV show or dog food commercial. Forget watching a movie with him. If you do you’re sure you’ll be the one to put your arm around him and tell him everything will be okay. And the arguments? Wow. Any disagreement and he turns on the faucets. Remember that episode of Seinfeld where Jerry was dating the girl who would cry over anything (even the fact that she dropped her hotdog)? That’s what your life is like now with Crybaby Chad. Do yourself a favor and shake him to reality. Tell him how soft he’s gotten. He deserves to know about the disgusting behavior he’s displaying.
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Solution: If he cries, punk him. Laugh at him and get him to see how ridiculous he is. A challenge to a man’s masculinity does wonders. Explain to him (during a peaceful and water-free moment how turned off you are by his crying. Sure, he’ll continue. But you’ll only need a bucket instead of having him flood the house.

3.       Indecisive: Have you ever dated someone and asked them what they wanted to do and they replied, “I don’t care. Whatever YOU want to do.” In the beginning it’s a pretty sweet deal. But after a while it becomes soooooo annoying. And guess what? The man you go home to every night has suddenly become that dude. Oh, you know you hold some of the blame in that. After all, who told him “I just wish we could do some of the things I like sometimes”? And now you have your wish. Deferring David! He couldn’t make up his mind about pickles on a hamburger. You know how bad he’s gotten? Instead of a birthday gift or Christmas gift, didn’t he give you some cash? Wow!

Solution: Get your dummy hat on. If he asks you what to do simply say, “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” But be careful with this one. This can steer you into the land of “I make all of the decisions and my wife loves it”. Use this in moderation. Or if you’re feeling like leveling the playing field, set up an agreement along the lines of “I made the decision the last time. It’s your turn.” That helps (although it requires keeping score).

4.       Wearing Matching Outfits: Okay, I thought I would never see the day when I saw a grown man and woman wearing his and her outfits. Didn’t that play out in 1990’s high school? In fact, I don’t remember seeing it a lot then. So imagine my surprise when I was at the movies and I saw a couple come in rocking the same outfit. What?! Talk about soft! Men and women have different parts of the store that they shop in for a reason. Ladies, if you’ve twisted your man into this stupid practice, go sit in a corner. Now! No man in his right mind wants to walk around looking like the woman is his owner and he’s some obedient poodle in matching clothes. Do yourself a favor and let that man have his space to be who he is.

Solution: In all honesty, it’s usually not the man’s idea to do something like this. It’s usually his woman’s idea. It’s her way of telling every girl within a 2 mile radius that THIS MAN IS IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH ME. The woman is clearly marking her territory. The solution? Hold up a mirror to your man and simply back away. Once he sees how ridiculous he looks he’ll scream, curse, throw a couple of chairs, and dive into his man cave for an instant transformation. If the mirror doesn’t work just get him the first 2 seasons of The Sopranos. That always does the trick.

5.       Asking For Permission: Okay, nobody’s saying that you shouldn’t communicate with your girlfriend or wife. It’s courteous and it’s respectful. But I once saw a man get on a telephone in the middle of a club and ask his woman if it was okay to drink a beer. Seriously! If your man is coming to you for an allowance instead of working together in an agreed upon budget, he’s soft! If you will allow your mom to stay at your home whenever she feels like it, but your man has to ask for your permission when his mother wants to do the same, he’s soft! When he has to ask you what tie you like or if he can let his friend come over to look at the game, you’ve officially snatched his mother from under her wig and taken her place. Ben Gay smell and all! You’re no longer his woman. You’re his warden.

Solution: Once women have this power, very few will give it up. You own the whip. But you’re also putting yourself in a situation for a power surge. One day he may get tired of all of your controlling ways and he’ll replace you. And here’s the ironic part. With all of your controlling ways you gave HIM PERMISSION TO FIND SOMEONE ELSE. The obvious solution is to compromise. You have to let a man be a man. Otherwise, he’ll buck and find someone who is easier to love.

Ladies, if you have a relationship with any of these symptoms, do yourself a favor and correct it. Please do it for yourself and for the rest of the world. These kinds of men are disgusting and pathetic to look at. You’re hurting them beyond belief by allowing such cushy, mushy, goofy behavior. Fix that mistake today. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

About Dating and Relationship Stereotypes

Men and women play in different universes. While our societies champion equality, we often lie to ourselves and allow double standards to continue their ugly existences. For every political candidate that promises to make pay equal for women, there are other political candidates lobbying for the status quo. It is truly a case of wanting to go forward and backwards at the same time.

But nowhere on earth is the double standard between man and woman more prevalent than the dating/relationship arena. For hundreds of years men and women have been fighting over the same issues that their parents, grandparent, and great grandparents have fought over, yielding the same fruitless results. If all of our readers were to check their relationships at this very moment, I’m sure they would discover that the arguments being held in their homes every night are the same arguments between man and woman that have gone on for centuries. Men and women should be focused on romantic getaways but instead, are at war.

And while many of us are aware of the same stale arguments being had, so many relationships succumb to those arguments every day. You would think that someone would be wise enough to see their foolish misstep and alter the course. But no. Typical men and conventional women continue those same old fights to no avail.

Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular double standards that cause problems in today’s relationships. While they may seem new, we’ll reveal that these arguments are old positions wrapped in a new time. Here are some of the most common double standards in relationships:

1.       The Number of Dating Partners: My mother always told me that if you can’t handle the answer, don’t ask the question. It's kind of a cliché but it stands the test of time in this case. When dating some men will ask women how many dating partners they’ve had. When that number is revealed and seems to be a little too high a count for that particular man to handle, the woman receives the label of being promiscuous. Meanwhile, if a man has had a long list of partners in his dating life he is often perceived as a “ladies man” or a “player” by his friends. It’s a badge of honor. But rarely would a woman hold that man accountable for his past exploits. Most women really believe the past is the past. That’s a major double standard.
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Old argument: Throughout time men have always been allowed to have multiple partners without being held accountable. Even if a woman lost her husband she was often expected to continue through life without remarrying.

2.       Gold Diggers: Kanye West made the term famous with his song of the same name but trust me. This term has been around for years and years. The definition of Gold Digging is when women are accused of entering into a relationship for financial gain. And while some women fit this term perfectly and cannot provide evidence to the contrary, men are often given a pass when they perform similar acts. We see it frequently in Hollywood. How often have you seen a young, handsome guy with a woman drastically his senior? But society doesn’t frown upon the male with the same scorn as the woman. And they are both guilty of that same infraction.

Old argument: This type of behavior is biblical. It’s that old. But the double standard has existed on the same time frame.
3.       Emotion: We’ve all heard comedians joke about it. We’ve heard political candidates harm others with it. We’ve seen jobs refused because of it. “Women are too emotional”. That is the stereotype, right? Somehow society would have us believe that women can’t control their emotions because their hormones dictate their behavior. But what about men? I’ve seen men crying at movies, angry for no reason, and unpredictably emotional during the birth of a child. Men are emotional also. But remain largely untouched by that fact when applying for jobs or trying to hold political office.

Old argument: You’ll find this one throughout history. It’s an attack that has been leveled at Queens and women seeking power.

4.       The Earners: Men are the hunter-gatherers. They go out and risk life and limb for their families. They are and should always be the top earners of the household, right? WRONG! Times have changed. First of all let’s get to the glaring fact about work. Very few men go out and perform back-breaking work on the same scale as the days of past. Nowadays men often sit behind computers (just as their female counterparts do) and earn a living without breaking a real sweat. Our society has become a society of service. Now I’m not saying that there are no more men performing those tough jobs. There absolutely are. But the workload has been diminished drastically for the average man. And that’s the simple part. The REAL hard fact is that women are outnumbering men in birth numbers. They’re graduating from college more than men. And although they aren’t earning equal pay in a lot of cases (because of sexism) where do you think that train is going? Numerically, the sexists can’t live forever. Meanwhile the stereotype of women not doing EQUAL work is perpetuated.

Old argument: Check any of those TV shows from the 60’s. You choose. Leave It to Beaver, Westerns, whatever you pick. This way of thinking has been around forever. Somehow many men throughout history have viewed women as inferior when providing for their family. Wrong!
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5.       Partying:  Look at your average television commercial for beer and tell me what you see. Men getting wild for the night! For years it has been a double standard that women who work hard for their money can’t party too much without seeming like “one of those girls”. You know the kind I’m talking about. Meanwhile, men can go to bars, strip clubs, and dance clubs during the middle of the week without judgment. Okay… Okay… So some clubs have started initiating “Girls Night”. And maybe things have relaxed quite a bit and the women enjoy the club a lot more than before. But if you talk to the average woman in a committed relationship, her man goes out about as much as he goes to work. Meanwhile he’ll pitch a fit if she wants to go out with her girlfriends twice within one month. Talk about issues!

I’ve hit on several double standards from a wide ranging list. But you get the point. Almost every person on earth that has been in a relationship has hit on at least one of these. EVERYONE.

 So what’s the solution? How do you fix such inequality? Unfortunately this battle can only be won on a per incident level. If you encounter it, you deal with it. But it’s sad to say that the average person is going to have more than one relationship, so they’ll have to continuously deal with these issues. It’s like mopping up a wet floor without finding the source of the leak. Relations between men and women have come a long way. And ultimately, I hope time will change all. But wow, can we get some rocket fuel on this clock? Because progress seems to move very slow.