17 February 2011
Growing up in a male dominated family has its perks. Quite a lot, honestly.
One of which is knowing how they think and operate. I am what you call a guy's ideal girl friend, am one of them.
(This picture is randomly posted just to tease my girlfriends and my BFFs. Moving on, I would dare venture into a realm where I almost always end up arguing with my friends about myths they believe about men, or BOYS, in general. To begin with, it takes two lifetimes (not one) for a boy to turn into a MAN. Don't hate me for saying that. I know lots of 60-year old men who are still boys. My father for one, I think became a man at 60.)
As a little girl, I spent more time playing games with the boys than prettying up my Barbies.
I always played "the bad" guy or the anti-hero; the bank robber, the Indian tribe leader, even the Joker. My older brother and my male cousins all played out the hero roles. I flipped and tumbled, grazed my knees and elbows, played dead and I took every shot they fired. The boys were always so amused, cackling with laughter each time I died or pretended to lose in the game.
They were happy enough I played the villain roles even if that meant a few privileges. I would always get the biggest slice of the pizza; the first and corner cut of a rectangular cake; double or larger servings of ice cream and get their chocolates and "gummies" to swap my candies with, every Trick or Treat. If they ever complained, I'd tell them they'll have to play their games without a bad guy. Of course they wouldn't have that. They need to be the hero and the star, so someone needs to be villain. And that's the deal.
As teenagers, I pretty much hanged out with the boys, off school and some weekends. I know of all their girl conquests, their trade secrets and dirty tricks. (Oh yeah, it took a helluva-guy to ask me out because I had unwanted bodyguards 24/7 plus boys are extremely territorial).
I never really outgrew "male" bonding, I still find guys a lot easier to spar with than women. Even at the workplace, they hang loose, since they prefer to gossip at the bar.
Boys are easier "read". I know I am going to be in a lot of trouble writing this up, but this is how much I learned from them and I just want to share a few.
First, boys are very simple. Not a lot of put-ons, garbage, or what have yous. They don't like gray areas. When they are hungry, they eat. Thirsty, they drink. If they don't like a certain movie, they won't watch. They get sleepy watching chick flicks. They prefer action, sports, science thingies, explorations and adventures, sexy women, not necessarily in that order.
But this is what I see and hear all the time. It just gets me when women answer noncommittally.
Boy: "Do you wanna eat?",
Girl: "Oh I dunno, do you?"
Boy: "Well, if you want to, let's eat. I'm starving."
Girl: "Oh gee, I dunno, I'm not that hungry."
Men are creatures of logic. One plus one is equals to two. Not talking, not smiling, not looking at him, therefore, equal to angry. Simple eh? If you're not angry, but just a little ticked off, then for crying out loud, just say I am pissed off.. Otherwise, you are forcing the guy to make an intelligent guess. Boys, and men, are extremely "lousy" guessers. More often than not, they miss the point. Being clear and coherent is something I know men would truly appreciate.
Man: "Baby, are you angry"?; Woman: (without looking, stares elsewhere) "No."
Man" "Why don't you wanna look at me?"; Woman: "I just don't want to."
Man" "Are you upset? Anything I said or did?"; Woman: "Well, is there anything you have said or done that I should be upset about?"
Man: (long pause) "You wanna tell me about it?"; Woman: "No. You should know."
Man: (another long awkward pause) "Are you hungry? Do you wanna eat?"; Woman: (breaks down, starts sobbing and talks incoherently, some that I know of, scream)
Boys have an attention span of a 4-year old. Lengthy arguments and discussions bore them like hell. (bores me too, actually). Abstracts, concepts and all that jazz give them "brain freeze". Not because they're lacking in "smarts". They just prefer to be doing something else than arguing about some "dead horse" issue or answering "testy" questions. Research has also shown that verbal skills generally develop much later and slower for boys. Ergo, the vocabulary for lengthy and rhetorical issues are just way too tiring for them. So why bother?
And NO, men do not have the ability to think about you every second of the day.
Boys and Men "zone". They have a particular time in a month, for some in a quarter; when they "zone".
The ZONE is a place where they are alone in their thoughts and moods. They would seem highly incommunicable. It's not permanent. Pretty much like PMS for some women. But women should respect that zone. It's private and intimate. And exclusive. It is not the best time to pick a fight with men when they are in the zone. This has nothing to do with their feelings about their loved ones. Just leave them be. Who knows what goes on in there?
Boys will always choose their "buddies" (even their toys) over girls. It is useless to force them to choose. It's downright stupid to ask them to. They have the loyalty of a "pack". If you are in love, dating, or married to an "alpha dog", you better make sure you know where your boundaries are. They will choose the pack. If the pack calls them because they need him, he will be there. So get out of the way. Have a hair spa or something. Go shopping with your girlfriends. Again this does not mean your man loves you any less. Its just totally different. Women need to learn to deal with that. I am wise enough to never underestimate the power of "male bonding" and their love affairs with their toys.
Men (boys included) by genetics, are polygamous. Whilst to-date, women still try to muster up the skill to compartmentalize, men were born with compartments in their hearts.
It's a huge building complex for some. There's a room for their "one true love"; a room for their "what ifs"; a room for the "one who got away"; a room where Jessica Alba is, beside the room of Megan Fox, and lots more.
Okay, if you're crazy, you will ask your man what room you belong to. That's just so typical. The truth is going to kill you. So, don't ask. Women always tell men to tell the truth and not to lie. But the men know better. They need to lie. Not just for their survival but for the good of all women.
Mom: "Sweetie, is Mommy pretty?"
3 year old son: "Yeth Mommy. Mommy ith the pretti-eths"
Mom: "Aww, but isn't Kevin's Mom also pretty like Mommy?"
3-year old son: "No, only Mommy ith pretty."
And you go on your way, happy as a French fry even if you knew your son was lying between his teeth. They just have the skill early on. If I want the truth, I would never ask a straight guy.
Woman: "Hon, Is my butt too big?"
Man: (looks up from newspaper) "No honey, your butt is perfect." (goes back reading)
Woman: "No look at it, I can't fit into my jeans, my butt looks like a ton of lard. Maybe I need some lipo-suction surgery".
Man: "Hmmm....? (not looking) Looks perfect to me."
Woman: (starting to get pissed off) "I said, take a look, I'm so fat. My butt is all over the place."
Man: (puts paper down on breakfast table) "Uhm ...what? Oh okay, if you say so baby, maybe you should cut down on those blueberry muffins".
Woman: (shouting) "Wait a minute, did you just say I'm fat? Did you just imply I should go on a diet? How dare you! Do you hear me complain about your receding hairline and your sagging beer belly? Do you?" (starts to whimper ...)
Man: (stands up, shakes his head, passes gas and leaves)
Women can't handle the truth. I know I can't. Not very well. So, I let them lie. It saves lives and relationships.
Very important to note, men are almost always hungry. Everything makes them hungry. Food is the way to a good conversation.*
*You could have smashed the car's radiator but if you tell him you wrecked the car ONLY after a full course meal of rib eye steak, mashed potatoes and a good helping of Caesar's Salad, and his favorite ice cream dessert plus some fresh brewed coffee, he'll just say he will call the Insurance Company next day. Absolutely no fireworks. Try it. Works like a miracle.
Men have a very low tolerance for pain, emotional and even physical. Do you notice how men act like they're dying when they only have a bad cold? They whimper, whine and wince like they are inflicted with some kind of a terminal malady. That should explain why men would have been extremely lousy at childbirth which is why we take that on.. Arguably, you would say, they seem to be able to recover quite easily from broken relationships and failed romances.
On the contrary, they never really recover. (look I am talking here about "Men" in general, not the deviant wife-beater, woman-abuser, pathological sex maniac, retards and rapists albeit they belong to the same specie). Remember the congenital compartments in their hearts? Yes, that's where all the sad stories are hidden and tucked. Women move on. We don't keep these horror histories hidden in our hearts, we don't want to. Men really have a hard time dealing with the pain of rejection and failure but they would like to "appear" they have moved on. Not true, they are way too skillful in hiding it in their heart's little rooms.
There are several other things I can think of, for instance, men can't multi-task. Hell, no. I refuse to push my luck by asking them to do more than one errand at a time. Yeah, just one. Should I want anything bought in the grocery, I list it down, using bold markers. They tend to lose the Post-It notes, so its better to slip a piece of paper in a place where it is safe, their wallets, or right on top of the dashboard.
Why do men forget anniversaries? Of course they do. It's a little detail. They're kinda big picture, y'know. They see the entire canvass, but not the smudge on the frame. They will probably remember the scent that you used on your first date, but not the date when it happened. Cheesy. But if you seriously want your man to remember dates, put an alarm on their mobile phones. Then save it as a recurring event. hahahaha .....
I am sure you can think of other male oddities, feel free to add up to the list. I believe it takes a lifetime to build a relationship so it is well worth our time to understand what can go wrong given the stark differences.