Men are Mysterious Too
Men are always talking about how they can’t figure women out. Well, guess what – YOU’RE confusing too! For every fickle or flakey or frustratingly obscure quality women bring to the dating table, men have an equal contribution.
So, in that light, I thought it might be time for another installment of suggestions/questions for you guys – some of which are relational, some of which are tips/musings on profiles – it’s a hodgepodge sorta day, but …here goes.
– Make up your mind whether you want a confident woman or a doormat.
I swear, I can’t win on this one. One minute you want a woman who’s independent, knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it…but then, the second we show a little assertiveness in the dating process (like – initiating texts or calls about meeting up), you get freaked out and back off. Apparently, texting a guy, telling him you really like him and then asking him out for drinks is ‘pushy….?’ Then, when we back off and follow your lead, you complain that we’re not “into” you. Aaargh! Who’s hormonal NOW?
In the last 2 months, I’ve literally missed out on three potential relationships because of this. The first was going great – several dates, lots of fun, but I think I pushed too hard (telling him that I really enjoyed his company, being enthusiastic about hanging out more)…that I scared him off. So, I decided to soften my style a bit. Then, I apparently offended (or bruised the egos of?) two guys last month. I went out with each of them and enjoyed the time enough to want to see them again. I said so, but then I followed their lead on texting/e-mailing, etc., rather than doing the pursuing myself. They were both bothered by the fact that I didn’t initiate more conversation or discussion about wanting to hang out again…and consequently didn’t ask me out for another date!?
One of them even texted…and I quote, “…. (wait..why don’t I just SHOW you?)
When I landed in Houston, I texted him…we bantered. Then, he texted here and there over the next couple days, and I responded/chatted every time – but never with any mention of hanging out. Then he disappeared! A couple weeks later he wrote me to say he wasn’t sure I was interested… WHAT? I told him that I WAS! Still… nothing.
I can’t win. I’d LIKE to think I’ve mastered that fine line of being charmingly honest with my reactions/thoughts after meeting a guy, but apparently there’s some even more nuanced yet unattainably perfect sweet spot of “how to be” in this arena to keep guys interested without pushing them away…
– You’re an easy-going WHAT?
Do you KNOW how many profiles start with this sentence:
“Im a easy-going hard working. I like to…” ??
At least 1/3 of all the profiles I read have this in there at some point. No lie.
OK – time for a teeny grammar lesson…humor me for a moment. If you use an article (the, an, a), you have to have a subject in there SOMEWHERE.
You’re an easy-going what? Man? Business man? Guy? Moose? Pack of gum? Pick SOMEthing, dude!
Argh…this gets so frustrating. Apparently I’m an easily-annoyed.
(See what I did there?)
This could have a blog post all on its own. Listen up, men – flirting/teasing is ADORABLE. It’s a great way to interact with us and bring a playfulness to the relationship. But, tread softly! It’s so easy for you to bypass the flirtatious/playful arena and shoot straight into mean-ville – and you don’t even realize you’re doing it! Thankfully for YOU, we will tell you – just watch for the cues. If we say something like, (in a pitifully girlish voice) “Hey! Don’t be mean!” or we back off from the trash-talking convo, or we give you an obligatory, but disingenuous laugh – you’ll know. And then, you can soften.
I have, in no uncertain terms, told guys when they’ve crossed the line and they’re being hurtful… and they think I’m being cute. No…..I’m trying to offer you a window where you can still fix it!
Why do men DO this? Is there some elementary school playground flirting rules left inside them, that didn’t get put aside with their Stridex pads and headgear? Oy…
–Beware the LOL
Men…use this sparingly. For starters, it’s so overused that it seems false. It’s essentially the ‘boy who cried wolf’ of the texting world. Really? Are you REALLY Laughing Out Loud? If you’re not, then say what you ARE doing/thinking (e.g. “that’s hilarious!”). Don’t use a phrase because it’s an easy go-to… that comes across as lazy.
Next, it’s not particularly masculine. I’m here to tell you that every time you type in ‘lol,’ you’re chipping away at the manly persona just a little… inching closer and closer to friend zone. This also includes: ROFL, LMAO, etc., etc. You are not really rolling on the floor (and if you are,…as in – if you’re the type of person who, upon hearing my witty humor, rolls on the floor – I’m pretty sure I don’t want to date you anyway). You’re not really laughing a body part off… Just say what you mean – it’ll probably end up being more complimentary anyway. (To both of us).
Overly Sexual vs. Asexual
Why can’t men seem to master the nuanced in-between? It seems like there are only two kinds of men/dates – those who look at you like they’re imagining you covered in A-1 sauce on a bed of chicken wings, or those guys who are so darn friendly that you feel like you’re having drinks with your little brother. (Actually, my little brother is more fun than most of these guys…)
The biggest problem with guys being on one of the two ends of this spectrum, is that it forces women to have to play the extremes as well. If we’re with overly sexual guy, we have to put the guard up (which, in turn, makes us come across like a prude or not interested in physical connection/chemistry). If we’re with asexual guy, (and we’re interested), we come across like a friggin’ sexual predator, just trying to get a little bit of interest going…
Where are the guys who know how to use appropriately flirtatious touch to communicate a physical attraction without mauling you, creeping you out or making you feel like an androgynous decoration?
One of my biggest pet peeves with online profiles are the ones where the guy puts zero information on there, but then says something like, “Anything you wanna know – just ask” or “Ask me anything, and I’ll answer.”
I’ll tell you what I want to know… ANYthing!? The entire point of having an online profile is that you get to provide information about who you are and what you’re looking for, to prospective partners. If all I cared about was seeing muscled men with no details about their personalities – I could go pick up men off of Harwin…
I can find more details about a wicker patio set on Craigslist than I can of hundreds of men online – men who, by way of reminder, have PAID to ‘advertise’ themselves here. To prove that I’m not exaggerating – I literally took (and I clocked it) five minutes and went in search of profiles with little to no information in the “My Story” portion. In five minutes, I found three:
I DO wanna know more. I wanna know ANYthing.
Oh, I’ll send you a message, alright. The message will be my silence. Can you decipher that?
Really? Why did he even bother to CREATE a profile?
I wish there were a search filter on these sites for “stupid.”
So there’s your random line-up of suggestions (read: complaints) about the not-so-fair sex. I’d like to say it’ll be the last… but… as long as men are strange, I’ll be here to broadcast the list of failings…
(AAaaaaaand…she loses half of her audience).
Tell you what – in the interest of fairness, I will write a post later this month on the things that WOMEN do, which drive me crazy. So, stay tuned long enough and I’ll offend every possible people group.
Over and out, peeps.