From the Guys' Side: What Women Should Have and Know by Age 30
The male viewpoint nobody asked for
An article from Glamour that first appeared in 1997 is making the rounds on the web this week. 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30 became a chain letter fifteen years ago, and reemerges now as a full-blown hardcover. The book edition augments the original list, which was penned by Pamela Redmond Satran, with essays by the likes of Maya Angelou, Katie Couric, and Taylor Swift.
Conspicuously missing, though, is any perspective from the male side — a problem we seek to remedy here. Because men are helpful like that.
By 30 you should have…
A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
If you would please, please use them all at the same time on at least one occasion, that would be awesome.
Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
Do you know what you absolutely deserve? Season tickets, preferably in a sky box. Seriously, you deserve it!
One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
Why do you like to cry again? If you want, we can be the friend who makes you laugh and then we can find the person who makes you cry and punch them in the face.
Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
Just for the record, we really can’t tell if the fashions you wear are ten years behind the times, whether the shoes are right, or if the colors match.
One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
Totally can see why you’d want to come back. Don’t quite get where you’re going with the second part there.
By 30, you should know…
How to fall in love without losing yourself.
How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
News Alert: There are two kinds of kisses. The kind that holds great promise for the very near future, and the kind that comes from an elderly aunt. If it can’t be the former, have a little mercy and just make it the latter.
Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
Of course but c’mon, it wasn’t entirely MY fault, right? I mean, it wasn’t not your fault. Listen, just apologize.
That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
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Boog, I used to think that too, however, I've found not all men are the same, and there are a few "nice" guys still left out there, the biggest problem is, most have such a wounded past, they allow that to hinder their future. And they are not willing to settle down or get to know a woman, some see her as old and used up.The older we get, the more stuck in our ways we are. If you are single and have children, men tend to run from that as well, so I have to agree with you to a degree. Not all are drunk and horny, some are just damaged goods, and that can go for women as well. And when you finally give up and stop looking, when you realize, you can live on your own, make your own path, and pay your own way, learn to love yourself, and not depend on a man for that, one will show up, and hopefully, you still hold on to all you've learned about yourself.
And LOL at the dildo comment.
@beautiful mistake. In this society only guys can benefit from living the single independent life. old singles ladies are left behind and are left for those older horny drunk guys that need a quick lay. good times enjoy your independence free from validation.
It's always the same thing .......a man chases a woman until she catches him. When she does catch him and when they're on their to the alter she says " I love him just the way he is." THEN SHE PROCEEDS TO CHANGE HIM IN EVERY WAY. And after the change, she says "I want a divorce. And it's all your fault. You're not the man I married. You've changed." DUH!!!!!
Sound familiar guys, or what? And the male bashing continues.
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