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25 Times Feminists Won with Protest Signs

16 Aug

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What Men Want from Women, But Won’t Ask For

15 Aug

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A Hot Meal

Learn to cook ladies. Seriously. No guy should expect Gordon Ramsey in drag in his kitchen (unless he is in to that), but some basic knowledge of how to season and cook food properly is a baseline for survival in the real world and in relationships. Men want a woman who is comfortable in the kitchen. And, yes, all the old sexist standards for women still run through a lot of guy’s heads whether those men admit their preferences or not. That does not mean that men can not fend for themselves in the kitchens, but it does mean that some guys would prefer to have a woman who can cook in some place other than the bedroom.

 

Independence

A man wants to feel needed, but he also needs space for himself. Ladies can move a little more quickly than men when it comes to emotional connection, and that means that a guy may feel like his personal space is being invaded by her. Even if a couple moves in together, each person having their own personal time apart from their partner is important to the relationship. A man wants to know that his wife or girlfriend has her own life and is adding him into it. He does not want to be the focal point of her life. So, every woman who is looking for a long relationship should make sure that she has hobbies that she enjoys outside of it.

 

Your Respect

In a relationship, women usually want to be loved and desired first and foremost with respect on the list of relationship priorities somewhere. But, men need to be respected before anything else. Respect is a pillar of manhood. It comes before being liked, before being loved, and before everything else in any relationship. Part of a man’s being is his worth to others. And, a man has to be respected by the person who he is closest to. A guy who is being disrespected by his woman will inevitably leave or do something to ensure that she leaves.

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Your Love and Affection

Men are taught to be the stoic members of their family from the moment that they are born. People expect men to be emotionless and dependable. But, men need to be hugged and kissed just as much as women. Because of the lack of emphasis put on talking about and acting on emotions, guys can be awkward when it comes to expressing their feelings. However, they need to cuddle and be told that they are loved too. Men are not taught to express themselves, so there is a great misconception that guys are superhuman robots incapable of emoting. It just is not true. Guys show their feelings through their actions, and desire for those feelings to be returned by their loved ones. To keep a man, you have to make him feel loved.

 

Basic Maintenance

Any wise man knows that he has to make his significant other feel beautiful, but after a couple has been together for a while, sometimes they let themselves go. Because each person in any given relationship has seen their partner in their most vulnerable state, people can neglect the type of grooming and hygiene that initially attracted their partners. Your husband/boyfriend always wants you to look your best even though he will never say it. And more importantly, he wants you to look your best for him. Women tend to dress up for their girlfriends, for their jobs, and in any other social setting, but slouch around in frumpy clothes when they are around their lovers. Men want the same attention to detail in your appearance that the rest of your social circle gets.

 

Your Support

In most relationships, the man has a leadership role within his immediate family. He is expected to be confident and decisive in his role at the head of the household, but men are subject to the same self-doubt and insecurity that any other person fights against daily. Men need encouragement. They need their significant other to believe in them when they doubt their own abilities. A man will love and appreciate a woman who provides him with the assurances that he needs to make the difficult decisions that are thrust upon him. And, he will cherish the woman that encourages him even when he fails.

 

He Wants You to Take Charge

A man wants a woman who will occasionally take him on a date. He does not mind planning the events for the evening on most nights. He does not mind paying for everything. And, he does not mind initiating sex most of the time. But, every now and then, a guy wants to be treated like a king. Sometimes you should plan a night out at the game for him without asking him about it. And, once in a while catch him at the door and rock his world sexually. He will appreciate you for it.


Are Rings the Only Thing That Matters to NFL Quarterbacks?

14 Aug

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With the growing increasing in the popularity of fantasy games and statistical methods to evaluate sports, even casual fans are caught up in using numbers to compare players.  One thing that has always been obvious is that baseball is a game of numbers.  Bill James and other sabermatricians may have increased the reliance on numbers to assess players, but they certainly didn’t start America’s love affair with baseball and mathematics.   There are just so many iconic numbers: 400 average, 61 homers, 56 straight games played, 190 RBIs, etc.  Thanks to fantasy football the love affair with numbers is growing with football.  Ask any fantasy degenerate and he can rattle off how many touchdowns every player in the league has.  They can recite how many targets every receiver on a particular team has, and they know how many yards per carry every running back has had in the last five years.  All of that is well and good to the general public, but numbers matter for every position except quarterback.   Not that stats are irrelevant for quarterbacks, it’s more so that the only thing that matters for them is winning Super Bowls.

 

 

The whole notion of wins being the only thing that matters for QBs is stoked by the controversy surrounding Timothy Richard Tebow.  More on Tebow in a moment, but thinking about quarterbacks and their stats has always been a source of complication.  Consider Tom Brady breaking the touchdown record in 2007.  No one really pays attention or cares about that record because the Patriots didn’t win the Super Bowl that year.  I guarantee that if Brady and Belichick won the Lombardi trophy in the 2007 season we would all be calling Brady’s season the best ever for a quarterback.  Ironically enough, everyone celebrates Randy Moss breaking Jerry Rice’s touchdown reception record with 23.  Moss broke the record in 2007.  Going back to quarterbacks, does anyone consider Dan Marino one of the best players in NFL history?  Despite having better or comparable career stats to Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Steve Young, he’s never mentioned as an all time best simply because he has one less ring than they all do (Young actually has more than one ring, but only one as a starter).  The ring is the thing for quarterbacks.  People rightfully say Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, and Walter Payton are the best running backs of all time.  Emmitt Smith doesn’t vault ahead of them just because he has three championships.  It’s not all about jewelry for any other position.

 

No one cares about Brady throwing 50 TDs since he lost the Super Bowl

 

Trent Dilfer was essentially a pretty mediocre quarterback his whole career.  He finished with more interceptions than touchdowns, a career completion percentage of 55%, and was only 3 games over .500 for his career.  Those are pathetic stats, but he is remembered as being the guy who didn’t keep Baltimore’s defense from winning the Super Bowl.  He sounds a whole lot like David Carr, except everyone agrees that Carr is pathetic

Consider the plight of these three quarterbacks:

QB1

  • Has 2 more career touchdowns than interceptions for his career
  • Has a career completion percentage of 51.9%
  • Has a career winning percentage of 68%

QB2

  • Has 47 more interceptions than touchdowns for his career!
  • Has a career completion percentage of 50.1%
  • Has a career winning percentage of 48%

QB3

  • Has 3 more touchdowns than interceptions for his career
  • Has a career completion percentage of 55%
  • Has a career winning percentage of 60%

 

Two of these quarterbacks are considered icons, the other is considered overrated and essentially replaceable.  Without knowing names one would easily assume that QB2 doesn’t really belong in the NFL, but everything is about the ring for quarterbacks.  QB1 is Terry Bradshaw, QB2 is Joe Namath, and QB3 is none other than Mark Sanchez.

 

Yes, he has the stats of a Super Bowl champion (although that’s not saying much).

 

Tim Tebow doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback at all.  He’s built like a fullback, his throwing windup literally includes a windup, and so far is accuracy is well below average.  But all he does is win.  No he hasn’t won the one game that counts, but he’s only played in essentially 11 games in his career, and he’s won 8 of them.  Not to compare him to an all time great, but Magic Johnson didn’t look the part of a point guard either.  How many point guards have there ever been in the NBA that are 6’9” and couldn’t really shoot?  Tebow is only completing 47.5% of his passes and is averaging less than 7 yards per completion.  Both of those numbers are figures keep him near the bottom of the pack for NFL quarterbacks.  He’ll probably not be an all-time great, but he deserves to be given a chance by his coach John Fox and team president John Elway.  Speaking of Elway, he was the perfect QB prospect coming out of Stanford University.  He was 6’3” with a cannon arm, good speed, good footwork, and he was incredibly smart.  Everyone knew Elway was great because he looked great.  The thing most don’t remember is that he was never mentioned as an all time great until he won the back-to-back Super Bowls.  Just like Tebow, Elway struggled as a first year starter.  He completed only 47.5% of his passes and had twice as many interceptions as touchdowns.  In fact, Elway only surpassed 60% completions for a season 3 times in his career.  Of course none of that matters because he has a ring for each of his hands.  As its always been and will always be, for quarterbacks, the ring is the only thing that matters.

 


The “Perfect” Man

13 Aug

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I’m apparently about only half of a man.  This according to a survey conducted by clothing retailer Austin Reed to define what women believe to be the perfect man.  These are the traits the surveyed women believe make up the perfect man:

 

  1. 6 feet tall
  2. Toned and athletic
  3. Brown eyes
  4. Short dark hair
  5. Smart dress sense
  6. Beer drinker
  7. Non-smoker
  8. Wears smart jeans, shirt and a V-neck jumper
  9. Gets ready in 17 minutes
  10. Stylish
  11. Wants a family
  12. Earns £48,000 ($77,000) a year
  13. Loves shopping
  14. Eats meat
  15. Clean shaven
  16. Smooth chest
  17. Watches soaps
  18. Enjoys watching football
  19. Drives an Audi
  20. Educated to degree level
  21. Earns more than his other half
  22. Jokes around and has a laugh
  23. Sensitive when his wife/girlfriend is upset
  24. Says ‘I love you’ only when he means it
  25. Admits it when he looks at other women
  26. Has a driver’s license
  27. Can swim
  28. Can ride a bike
  29. Can change a tire
  30. Calls mom regularly

 

My reflections after reading what women apparently want, and coming to grips with the fact that I’m actually completely undesirable:

 

  • Women want the sun, moon, and stars

 

  • Women essentially want a girlfriend that just so happens to be a man.  If one looks at #’s 13, 17, 23, 25, and, 30, much of these traits are much better suited for a woman, than a man.  Not that a man cannot be sensitive, but loving to shop and watching soap operas is probably asking a little bit much from a man.

 

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  • Women are clearly very conflicted in what they want.  On one hand they want Mr. Sensitive, but on the other hand they want the rugged alpha male.  #’s 6, 14, 18, 27, 29 speak to women wanting Tarzan, not the metrosexual guy from the previous bullet point.

 

and this.

 

  • Somehow women want a guy who earns about $77,000 per year, yet drives an Audi (the entry level model is just slightly more than $30,000), is stylish, and wears smart jeans (whatever that means).  The dude is going to be completely broke if he drives a $35,000 car, loves shopping, has nice clothes, his own place, and spends money taking a woman out to nice places (#’s 8, 9, 10, 12, and 13).  I’d personally love to meet the “stylish” guy who gets ready in only 17 minutes.  He must not shower before his dates.

 

  • Superficiality reigns supreme, as the first four traits (and #’s 15-16) involve a physical characteristic.  Here women are illustrating that they’re not too far removed from men in the qualities they desire from a partner.  On the other hand, men would probably have 15-20 physical traits listed before they got to anything beneath the surface.

 

  • I’m actually somewhat disappointed in the responses given by these women.  Here’s why:

-In the biggest shock ever there’s only one reference to having a family (#11).  Absolutely nothing about whether he’d be a good husband and/or father.

Apparently this kind of stuff doesn’t matter to women anymore


-The women surveyed must not be very emotionally mature because they apparently don’t care if the “perfect” man listens to them, respects them, is supportive, loyal, and encouraging.

-Yes there is mention of the guy earning a certain amount and being educated to a degree level, but what about being financially responsible?  It doesn’t help much to make a lot of money if the guy spends it foolishly and doesn’t budget or save.

-Initially I thought it odd that some reference to belief in a higher power never surfaced, but considering that Austin Reed is an English company, this isn’t so strange.  American’s identify themselves with some type of spiritual belief considerably more than those of British citizenship.