Wednesday, September 07, 2005

"Rules Guys Wish Girls Played By"

by Cheryl Lavin

printed in the Chicago Tribune, April 23, 200

1. If you ask a question you don't really want an answer to, expect an answer you didn't want to hear.

2. Sometimes, we're not thinking about you. Live with it.

3. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss topics such as navel lint, the shotgun formation, and monster trucks.

4. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.

5. Crying is blackmail.

6. Ask for what you want. Let's be clear on this one: Subtle hints don't work. Strong hints don't work. Really obvious hints don't work. Just say it!

7. No, we don't know what day it is. We never will. Mark anniversaries on a calendar you know we check.

8. We're not mind readers and we never will be. Our lack of mind-reading ability is not proof of how little we care about you.

9. Yes and no are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

10. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

11. It's neither in your best interest nor ours to take any quiz together.

12. Anything we said six months ago is inadmissible in an argument. All comments become null and void after seven days.

13. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

14. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done, not both.

15. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

16. Our relationship is never going to be like it was the first two months we were going out.

17. If we ask what's wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you're lying, but it's just not worth the hassle.


Nikki Daniel said...

This is so sad...but true...(sniff, sniff)

Jason said...

I wish so badly for at least a couple of those, but the world is still fallen.

CM said...

I'm not sure that this article is entirely fair to both sexes. Here are some of the issues I have with it:

2. Sometimes, we're not thinking about you. Live with it.

Am I unaware of some fact that women are always thinking about their man? Seriously? The few women that I know like that are the types that only find their identity in another guy. Hopefully women aren't so self-centered as to think that particular thought.

16. Our relationship is never going to be like it was the first two months we were going out.

I'm curious as to how this is interpreted. If it is that the relationship has matured and grown, then this statement is very true. But if the interpretation is that both people have played games the first two months and then let their real selves show, then it's based more on childishness.

I guess I take issue with articles that are written with an underhanded manner to degrade members of the opposite sex. Yes, there are distinct differences between the sexes. Yes, men are not always as caring as they should be towards females. But that's no excuse for not trying to improve and grow relationships. Men and women should be self-improving in relationships to avoid such behaviors, even if it takes time - or did we all just throw that out of the window, even in Christendom?

ckhnat said...

Here! Here! Clint. I agree with you. As Christians our relationships should reflect a focus on Christ and others, and not on self. This article was clearly written from a secular viewpoint, but one would have to admit that there are many out there (Christian and Non-) that struggle with these very things. How many guys have I heard bemoan the fact that they didn't have a girlfriend? For them it was a status symbol, a security, someone to call, a constant companion. There was no sense of wonder or joy of getting to know the other person in the hopes that one day they would be spending the rest of their lives together. How many girls have I heard say "I love you" as they left their boyfriend with no meaning, no passion?! ... it had merely become a parting salutation ... like "goodbye. It is rare when you find a couple that revels in the "mystery" of Christ, man, and woman. Yes, the article expresses stereotypical tendencies of thought ... but i posted it to bring to light some understanding between the sexes.