Dating Site Reveals Men's Top Complaints About Women
The ladies are going to love this one.
The popular dating site eHarmony revealed a list of men's 10 biggest complaints about women when it comes to dating. As one may expect, it caused some controversy, with many feeling like the complaints were simply antiquated stereotypes. In fact, the list hit such a nerve, some users vowed to revoke their eHarmony membership altogether.
So let's jump right in, shall we?
The list, compiled by eHarmony's Director of Communication, Grant Langston, is written in second person, with the intended reader being a woman. Langston kicks the list off with: "You see us as projects you can 'fix.'" He writes:
"Women see potential. They see rough edges, and they want to sand them off. This makes us crazy. We don’t want to change. We have chosen our car, hair, friends, home and hobbies because we enjoy them."
While my initial thought is to brush this off as hogwash, I'll admit that I can think of one instance in which a female friend of mine tried to drastically change her boyfriend, but I can't think of one case of the reverse. This is the only item on the list that even remotely rings true in my experience.
Another complaint Langston makes is that women's expectations "are set by Hollywood and sky high." He complains that, because we women have it in our heads that George Clooney is going to come and sweep us away, we don't care when (non-celebrity) men do something nice for us.
"When a REAL act of love comes down the pike, he notices that the tread on your tires is low and buys a new set, it hardly even registers," Langston writes.
Firstly, I find it hard to imagine a woman getting a four hundred dollar set of new tires only to cross her arms, stick her nose in the air and pout, "Fine. But you're still not George Clooney." I suppose Langston's point is that women can be unappreciative, but come on—men can be just as rude and ungrateful. It has nothing to do with gender.
Overall, the list does seem to reinforce a handful of outdated stereotypes. Case in point, this complaint: "you don't understand and/or like our need for alone time." Not only do women understand, we actually need more alone time than men.
Other highlights include: "You like to play coy," "You use your emotions as a weapon," and my personal favorite, "You have a tendency to be too critical."
Hey, we're not the ones who just put a list together.
Actually, Lindy West of Jezebel did put a list together, but only after reading eHarmony's. She responded to the complaints with her own list, titled: "Women's Ten Biggest Complaints About Men's Ten Biggest Complaints About Women." Lindy makes a sensible point:
"…really, the main problem with most of these complaints isn't that they're unreasonable—it's that they're the kind of sh-tty things that all people do in relationships sometimes."
And as one eHarmony commenter summed it up:
"The author has apparently missed the huge irony of complaining about women trying to change men... in a list written by a man of the 10 things women must change if they are to be happy in a relationship."
We all have things we could change when it comes to dating, and the advice in this list shouldn't be exclusive to women. Enjoy the moment, appreciate each other, and give each other space—decent relationship tips for us all.
At any rate, below is a full list of what Langston believes are men's biggest complaints about women:
- You see us as projects you can fix.
- Your expectations are set by Hollywood and sky high.
- You're always looking down the road.
- You use your emotions as a weapon.
- You have a tendency to be critical.
- You like to play coy.
- You fixate on what we’re thinking, when you should be watching what we’re doing.
- You don’t understand and/or like our need for alone time.
- You have a complicated set of double standards.
- You want us to change, and then lose respect for us when we do.
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While in the Navy I saw many women basically being giant stereotype billboards for every negative comment that comedians, men, and experts say is typical womanly behavior. I was shocked and because I didn't fit the mold I was labeled a lesbian by many of these women. I wasn't and at the time in the 3rd year of a great relationship.
While in the Navy I saw 'women' get pregnant just to get out of going on deployment, complain about not being able to do their job because they didn't want to mess up their nails or it was to hard for them to do, actually was told by a co-worker she choose the Gunner's Mate rate because of the 11 to 1 male to female ratio (she wanted to have a husband before she got out), and many other things I thought was just B.S. made up by guys. Not all women fit the stereotype but unfortunately a large portion does.
Women might want to really take a look at themselves if they are so miffed about the article, people only get really angry at something when a piece of it rings true.
All the men out there I enjoy your opinions just realize it's not all women and if it is every woman you date than maybe you should take a long hard look at yourself and figure out why you are attracting a bunch of stereotypes.
every single thing on this list i have suffered first hand, which i why i haven't dated in, get this, twenty-two years and have been a proud loner since, but i am still heterosexual . take your man as is, or get out of our faces. we don't own you, so what give you women the right to think you own us? knock that crap of post-haste! we men are not ken dolls to exploited, dressed-up, tamed, trained, criticized, belittled, gossiped about, bullied, or ripped-off of $$$. if you have a question for us, don't asked with any pre-conceived notions, take our answers for what they are, our truth or go find another man if you cannot handle the brevity/gravity of our persona's. i will not be told whom to be,what to think/do/live. i am whom i am and am very happy with myself. if you want to be treated as women, princesses,or even goddesses, you must earn the title, no ego hand-outs, period! and i would do likewise for you. love is a game of fairness not a ego-contest.
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