Women are so difficult.

We never say what we mean! Why do we do this?

Here's what one of my guy-friends sent to me, a chain mail, but I thought it was hilarious:

NINE WORDS WOMEN USE

(1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)

(6) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

(7) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say 'you're welcome' . that will bring on a 'whatever').

(8 Whatever: Is a woman's way of saying @#$%&*%#!!

(9) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.
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Oy.

Though there are times... when we mean exactly what we say. In regards to #3) Nothing...

One of my friends was on the phone with her SO while on break at work. He kept asking her what was wrong, said she sounded tired/sad/something and she kept saying nothing because there wasn't ANYthing wrong. She was simply at work, and talking on the phone during her break. He wouldn't. let. it. be. and just kept hammering her about it until 15 minutes later when there actually WAS something wrong. HIM!

lol, it was the funniest argument in the world to overhear, and she hung up on him all exasperated and pissed off when she'd started the conversation without a problem at all.
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Haha, okay, I'm guilty of some of those, but I think I do say what I feel and think most of the time. It throws people.
Speak for yourself. I loathe those emails. "Look, all women are fussy and love shoes!!! Men subsist entirely on fishing, football, boobies and beer!!!"

Honestly, they're rarely funny and always exploit stereotypes. Boring.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
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Speak for yourself. I loathe those emails. "Look, all women are fussy and love shoes!!! Men subsist entirely on fishing, football, boobies and beer!!!"

Honestly, they're rarely funny and always exploit stereotypes. Boring.
Originally Posted by MichelleBFT
Agreed.

And ask my husband if he thinks I speak my mind. Ask my boss. Ask the people who work for me. Ask my friends. They will tell you that I speak my mind, but do so with compassion and caring, and never in a hurtful way.
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Speak for yourself. I loathe those emails. "Look, all women are fussy and love shoes!!! Men subsist entirely on fishing, football, boobies and beer!!!"

Honestly, they're rarely funny and always exploit stereotypes. Boring.
Originally Posted by MichelleBFT

Hear, hear! I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. I detest those anti-woman crap emails. All it needed was a line about PMS and women losing their minds once a month to be the total stereotype.
Speak for yourself. I loathe those emails. "Look, all women are fussy and love shoes!!! Men subsist entirely on fishing, football, boobies and beer!!!"

Honestly, they're rarely funny and always exploit stereotypes. Boring.
Originally Posted by MichelleBFT
Yeppers. I've known men who have said the things in the list. And women who do no such thing.

Fortunately stupid racist jokes have fallen out of favor, at least in polite society. I hope that soon stupid sexist jokes will go the same way.
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Stupid emails. I delete all of them. They're so not funny.
I chuckled. But I'm the same person who laughs when someone farts.
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I use whatever a lot if I dont care about someone too much to argue..
I have to agree with Geeky, stupid and sexist, not humorous. Not really a big deal just not funny.

I don't do that and I don't have any friends that do that. We all are straight forward with our spouses and we all have pretty darned great relationships.
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Ugh. I hate chain mail. What happened to creativity? It's not difficult to list every stereotype about a group of people. It's just rude.
Well, as with most of these things, there may be a kernel of truth to it (which is why people laugh), but reinforcing it too much by stating it as truth does unfortunately perpetuate the stereotype.

IF there is a trend of women not saying what they mean (and there may be, though I think it's changing), I think a more fruitful discussion might be: to what extent are women socialized to NOT be upfront about what they think and feel? Are young girls unfairly pressured to "make nice" all the time, while boys are pressured to stand up for themselves? And if we are socialized to be this way..... shouldn't we question it and draw attention to it?

But, you know.... whatever. (wink)
Wow, I think some of you are a tad oversensitive. It's a joke, and nobody is saying men don't do any of those. I think it's funny. And I speak my mind plenty, just ask my husband.
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Wow, I think some of you are a tad oversensitive. It's a joke, and nobody is saying men don't do any of those. I think it's funny.
Originally Posted by Kaia
Thank you Kaia. Linking this to racism and sexism...honestly, it made my jaw drop. Lighten up! It's a CHAIN LETTER not a friggin' academic essay written by some doctor about female inferiority!

Reading the responses did give me a good laugh though, haha! Still laughing...

I must admit, I am guilty of #9 and #6 personally. I'm quite outspoken about my opinions. Most of these phrases apply to my BOYFRIEND and not to me, hahahahaha! He likes to say "Fine." and "Nothing." a lot when he's pissed off, lol.
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Wow, I think some of you are a tad oversensitive. It's a joke, and nobody is saying men don't do any of those. I think it's funny. And I speak my mind plenty, just ask my husband.
Originally Posted by Kaia
I agree. It's just a joke --and rather a funny one at that.
This is tired essentialist bullsh*t that appears to be true because of confirmation bias. I strongly suggest that everyone take a few minutes to read this article by Deborah Cameron, one of my favorite academics. You'll either find it very informative, or feel thankful that someone agrees with you.

Oh yeah and the guy who wrote Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus bought his PhD from a diploma mill
I don't find it funny, just sexist. Even if it's just a joke, it's still sexist. I don't find redneck jokes funny, or racist jokes (just an example, don't think I"m comparing - apples and oranges people). It's really stupid that both women and men have to put up with these dumb sterotypes.
I'm not sensitive about it, I just find it unfunny and a lazy attempt at funny. Crap like this is what encourages people to think it's ok to actually behave in a sexist manner, and I definitely don't find THAT funny.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.

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