What Man Does To Woo The Woman

A while back I read a column written by the CC Staff listing 7 habits/tactics that women have engrained into their everyday lives that they utilize to “play the game” of attracting men. As far as men trying to attract the opposite sex it was said, “…men have it easy. As far as I know, they approach you and whip out the pick-up line. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Easy? EASY! Does throwing yourself on a bomb sound easy? Does walking on fire sound easy? Is repeatedly opening up your veins easy? Alright ladies, this myth of the moronic man-boy making no effort to prove himself worthy of women is going to come crumbling down.

Let me tell you how easy our lives are in the never-ending pursuit of the holiest of holies…

1.     The Daily Routine
Let’s back into this a little. Ladies, grooming isn’t something we do because we like it. We snip our ridiculous stubble and otherwise awesome mountain man beards because we know you hate them (most of you, the hipsters get away with the Unibomber look). Shaving is a tedious and sometimes painful activity. You know the risks involved: ruining your skin, cutting arteries, and developing hand-eye coordination some are not gifted with. Men are now taking a page out of your playbook and waxing. What are they waxing? EVERYTHING! From eyebrows to back to front to legs and then there’s the sculpting of the testicular area. Manscaping is not for our sense of aesthetic, I assure you. We’d much rather rock the Jesus look with scraggily beards, faux John Holmes mustaches, and growth around our manhood that would make a bush burn from blushing. Shaving and grooming is no longer a market monopolized by you anymore.

2. Pumping Iron
Men don’t exercise to feel better. I’d feel better sitting on a couch watching a Chuck marathon gobbling peanut butter M&M’s with a side of Popeyes chicken. I’d rather save $600 a year for something else, like, rent….so I can live in something other than a box…and be peed on by homeless men named Silas (don’t ask). We rack our bodies with pain every other day (or once ever seven days…every three months, maybe) in order to look good naked. Beach season has arrived and it’s time to show the bait: the six-pack (taking a cue from Ryan Reynolds, go Deadpool movie!)

3.     Develop ESP
Men have been accused of never communicating and withholding our emotions. Well ladies, is it completely unfair to suggest that perhaps you primarily express your anger toward us? Generally men get yelled at for being oblivious. And yes, men can be oblivious. However, more than a few fellas have bent my ear telling stories where they felt persecuted. They pissed off their girlfriends for something they had no idea they were doing. Did their girlfriends give them a warning first? 8 out of 10 times, no. For fear of death men must develop the ability to anticipate what will make you angry because you won’t usually nip it in the bud! Cut us some slack, please, we don’t understand how annoying we are, we just are. Don’t hold it in until you can only give us the evil eyes and banish us to the couch.

4.     The Three Day Rule
Guess what? We hate waiting to call too! You think it’s fun after a kickass date to smother our puppy love with silence for days? All we want to do is call and guarantee the next rendezvous ASAP. But we can’t because we’ve been shamed into thinking that showing interest equates with being an emotional cripple. This is in part due to some stalkers amongst our ranks and massively insecure cold hearts amongst yours. Both genders are at fault here. So what do we do? We talk to every guy we can find, looking for loopholes in the rule to get in touch earlier. We try to anticipate every response to every remark we’re going to say. We actually debate the individual words we’re going to use to ask you out again. We’re planning for an offensive campaign and we assume we’re going into hostile territory. Three days? Why? WHY? If only both sides would come to the bargaining table and rewrite this stupid, antiquated, and harmful belief.

5.     Pretending to care about her Music/TV Shows/Chick Flicks
We can’t stand Project Runway, Gossip Girl (with the exception of ogling Leighton Meester) or 27 Dresses but we care about you.

6.     Pretending NOT to care about her Music/TV Shows/Chick Flicks
We choked up watching The Notebook too and damn if Glee isn’t fun, but if we tell anyone we’re banished to the island on Lost.

7.     Sell Our Souls
Money, money, money, money. We kill ourselves at those crap jobs in offices, hotels, investment firms, and we do that so we could someday bleed green if we wanted. Why? We didn’t grow up wanting to be hedge fund managers. We wanted to Batman! Ken Griffey, Jr! Zack Morris! But no, we have to make money so we can buy cars, clothes, condos, watches, and all other manner of impressive and shiny material possessions in order to attract women. We have to be able to take you on a trip to Hong Kong instead of taking you to the Jersey shore. Men obsessed with money are terrified of having no one to spend it on and the only people we want to make our money work for are you. So we sell our dreams of greatness and immortal achievement for a lifetime of ulcers, anxiety, insurmountable stress, chronic fatigue, and heart attacks. We’ve been convinced that the only way to impress you enough to love us is to buy you with financial security. Then we realize, you don’t love us at all, just what we represent for you…no wonder so many who strike it rich are striking out in the happiness department.

8.     Sacrifice All Dignity
Here’s one of my major pet peeves: Men Must Make The First Move. Period. This has become adopted a priori knowledge (yes, that’s oxymoronic, thank you for picking up on the joke). It is expected that we be the first ones to put our hearts on the chopping block. Is that fair? It is demanded of us to overcome our fears of rejection, sacrificing all sense of power, control, and emotional safety for the chance that you will say “yes.” Is that fair? I think of this as a disservice to you, ladies, because it says that you’re lacking a certain fortitude and confidence in yourselves. This is a great social inequality between the sexes and I am going to go out on a cliff here and say that this discrimination is perpetuated by WOMEN! That’s right, I said it! You want to be on the same level as us then kiss us first, drop the L bomb first, and put it all on the line before there’s any guarantee, when destruction is waiting for you at the end of your next sentence. As soon as the words come off of our lips, when we lean in closing our eyes, place a hand on the small of your back, we have exposed old wounds and are inviting you to put salt in them…the horror.

You get no argument from this dude that what you ladies do to yourselves to be seen as attractive is downright masochistic: brazilians; high heels ruining your ankles and lower back; padded bras covering shame at what god gave you (which is beautiful, no matter cup size); disfiguring your natural beauties with pancake and blush;  starving yourselves on salads when all you want is a skirt steak; and forcing us to make a move by demeaning yourselves in flirtation with random strangers in our eyesight. What you do for us is absurd, what we do for you, is almost tragic.

I propose we open up the lines of communication and put an end to all this subterfuge and self-absorbed neurotic BS. What would happen if we threw the game away? What about rewriting the rules to promote honesty or even just common courtesy? The War of the Roses erupts from misunderstanding by both camps and feeling underappreciated. So now that we know what you go through and you know what we go through, truce? To quote the immortal Al Bundy, “can’t we all just, get along?”



  1. Dana says:

    This is adorable. I love seeing it from the other side. Although I would have to say that some of my guy friends do like going to the gym to relieve stress but some girls do that too. Personally I would join you on that couch during the Chuck marathon with a giant bowl of peanut butter M&M's if my boyfriend wouldn't come in and kick my butt into gear and force me to get out of the house and go for a jog with him…he is sometimes annoyingly active haha

  2. Johnny Cache says:

    That's a lot of common sense for such a small article. Unfortunately someone had to say it out loud because a lot of people wouldn't get it on their own.

    But the creepiest part of all is that I'm living on a different continent but those silly games are still the same.

  3. criolle johnny says:

    DANA!!! An "xx" listened! Thank you.

  4. Hannah says:

    Lol, loved this! I was waiting for the guys to start defending themselves, so I wouldn't have to do it for them anymore. As a sister of two amazing brothers… I can testify that all is not roses in the land of "man". They put up with tons of unfair shit too.

  5. Terry says:

    I love this article, it's so cute!

  6. zerohundred says:

    Roaring applause! Loved this.

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  8. Confused says:

    Isn't it funny how women think the anguish men go through is cute? A man would never say a woman going through a hard time was cute.

  9. criolle johnny says:

    Confused … you nailed it. When a woman goes through anguish, the guy is "insensitive". When the man goes through anguish, it's "cute".

    If a guy calls it a double standard, he's "sexist" and "he'll never get any".

    Might just be my Gamma speaking.

  10. JLWPGH says:

    Great Story. Yes we do a lot of things to attract a women. And they do a lot also. We just don't really care, count them or need to talk about them until we vent like you did. Remember, all the things you do to improve yourself, your chances, your future. Can come crashing down on you. And, that is when you will know how lucky you are to be with the right one. Pack an open mind in all your endeavors.

  11. priscydora says:

    Love this and yet have t admit, biased much?


  12. lauraa says:

    wow…just wow that gave me a lot of incite in to the male psychi

  13. B says:

    is it just me, or do the rest of you girls like to be reminded that boys try really hard to impress us, too? it's so sweet.

  14. brobot says:

    i'll say it once and i'll say it again: best thing about being bisexual = not dealing with heterosexist bullshit

  15. male30483 says:

    Female logic = "OMG i'm tired of guys hitting on me…..why won't that guy i like ask me out?!?!?!?"

  16. I am a MAN says:

    1. I like being clean-shaven actually, or at least a tad bit of stubble, because if I let my "beard" grow to full length, it looks patchy.

    2. You don't need to have a gym membership to exercise. You can run, swim, do calisthenics without spending money regularly at the gym.

    3. Being a friend or boyfriend with anyone who does not act straightforwardly is annoying as fuck.

    4. Three-day rule is dumb, don't follow it.

    5. Do men and women seriously pretend to care about their partner's interests even when they don't care at all? That's hilarious! If I ever literally did not care about the TV show a girl was watching, I would just go somewhere else, and she would do the same in the reverse scenario. Not that hard if you act like an adult.

    6. I don't even know what this means

    7. Don't date gold-diggers. Problem solved.

    8. I agree 100% here. Girls might say something like "why doesn't he ask me out?" Well, miss, it's because he doesn't even know you exist!! If you like someone, go ask them out or talk to them at least. If that boy doesn't respond, move on! Now I know some of you may have the awful logic that you don't want to ruin your chances or some other bullshit. Well, if you keep waiting for him to ask you out, chances are a much braver girl than you will ask him out, and he will probably say "yes" since the boy would be really flattered at the attention; most boys don't get that much attention from a girl he doesn't know, but when it does happen it's sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!

  17. Carrie says:

    Aww, guys, don't take it so personally that we think it's cute. It's cute because we (or at least I) get that warm squishy feeling inside when we read about your efforts, the same feeling we get when we like a guy. We just like seeing your human, vulnerable side, and that you guys care about what looks attractive and what we think as much we do about what you think about how we look. I don't think anyone's trying to trivialize your "anguish." It's not like the Dude told about his rough childhood and ppl were like "Squeeee! how adorable." I doubt most girls would be offended if you thought their beauty rituals were cute. In fact, they might even be flattered.

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    I don't agree with the whole Men Must Make The First Move rule at all. I was told that rule and tried to abide by it, but anytime I liked a guy I would get impatient too fast and ended up making the first move myself. And you know what? Every guy I've dated has found that confidence to be very attractive. We're in the 21st century. Girls need to man up

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