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Forward Thoughts

Girlfriends often send me forwards with anecdotes or humorous one-liners about the downfalls of men and relationships. I received the list below from a friend on Thursday. While amusing at times, and true in some cases, I wonder if words like these further divide those of us from Venus and those of us from Mars. My thoughts in blue.

1. Don’t imagine you can change a man – unless he’s in diapers. In my experience, pushing someone to change does not work out well for the person doing the pushing. People can change, including men, but they have to come to the changing on their own.

2. What do you do if your boyfriend walks out? You shut the door. Agreed.

3. If they put a man on the moon – they should be able to put them all up there. I, like most straight women, don’t actually want all men relocated to the moon. I shudder to think of a world with only women.

4. Go for the younger man. You might as well, they never mature anyway. True in some cases, not in others.

5. Men are all the same – they just have different faces, so we can tell them apart. I’ve had three serious boyfriends, with three handsome faces, and three different sets of desires, needs, and goals. They are unique individuals.

6. Best way to get a man to do something is to suggest he is too old for it. I have yet to try this tactic. Intriguing.

7. Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener. No experience here.

8. The children of Israel wandered around the desert for 40 years. Even in Biblical times, men wouldn’t ask for directions. My last boyfriend had no problem asking me for directions. I was not always the best at giving accurate ones.

9. If he asks what sort of books you’re interested in, tell him check books. I’m fairly sure that response would eliminate the possibility of being asked on a second date.

10. Remember a sense of humor does not mean that you tell him jokes, it means that you laugh at his. I have no problem laughing at a man’s jokes, especially if they are in fact funny. But it’s just as much a turn-on if a guy laughs at mine. I would hope smart men know that.

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  1. Caitlin
    August 25, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    re: 7: I didn’t learn anything after we got married that I didn’t know from years of dating him and living with him. Love isn’t blind. Love loves in spite of all the flaws it can see.

    10: I’ve yet to meet a man who hasn’t absolutely loved that I make him laugh.

    • lady&herboysclub
      August 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

      7: Very good to know. Dispel that myth!

      10: I’ve yet to meet a man who doesn’t love laughing at me. But I’m cool with that.

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