Archive for September 5th, 2007

05
Sep
07

Just Let Go

Oh, for goodness sake! Just go away. He was accused of soliciting an intimate encounter in a public restroom, then plead guilty to a lesser charge. When everyone found out about it, he said he did nothing wrong, but wanted to make it go away. Then, after intense pressure on him to resign, even while he was protesting that he was and is not gay, he realised that public sentiment would not suport his continued presence in the Senate. So he resigned. Not so fast. Now he is considering “unresigning”. Please just go away…

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05
Sep
07

What Men Want

So I was having an email chat with the Venomous One and we were exchanging bits of life wisdom. At some point during the conversation, she asked me what men really want. I couldn’t come up with a sincere answer on the spot, so I told her that I would cogitate on the very subject. She told me to blog about it. Great. Now I have to be all serious and blog about it. The good news is that the pithy answer that I was given by a friend a while back popped into my head:

“I wanna beer and I wanna see somethin’ nekkid.”

Somehow, though, I think that’s not going to satisfy EV’s curiousity. While the fundamental differences between men and women should be obvious, the emotional drive behind the actions of the sexes is far more subtle than attractive body bits. Generalization will likely wind my butt up in a sling, but here we go…

Male needs are controlled by a drive toward less complexity. If a man needs a shirt, that need can likely be filled with the first one he finds at Wal*Mart. Men want sex and the least complicated route to get to it. Men want decreased domestic angst. Men want simplicity. At least in general. A woman does not shop for a shirt (excuse me, blouse). She shops for the right blouse. Women, in general, want romance. Women want to talk things through. These two approaches are not mutually exclusive because each side can tolerate a certain amount from the other. It’s when those lines are crossed that women proclaim that they don’t know what men want… and men claim to not understand women.

A major household issue? Get the salient points out of the way quickly, make a decision, crack open a beer and turn on the game. Done. Exploring every nook and cranny of the issue for hours with soul-searching precision is not a happy dude in the making. I don’t care if said dude is an uber project manager at work with a Gantt chart for every single aspect of every nuance of every component of work flow and business process. At home, he wants it easy. Matter of fact, let the woman decide so that the man can blame her when/if things go wrong. We can tolerate the romance, too, as long as we have a clear understanding of the end game and exactly when we are gonna hear the two minute warning (preferrably sooner rather than later). I feel that I am rambling. Perhaps I can distill this further?

A man wants his woman to feel as though everything about him is important, but not examine those things in detail. He doesn’t want you to talk about things too much, he just expects things to get done, and he expects sex when he is in the mood. And then he wants to be able to go out with the boys and babble in the driveway til all hours of the night over meaningless shit.