In the 1950s, men and women had clearly defined roles. It doesn’t mean that all women stayed at home catering to her man or that all men were the solitary breadwinners, but there were definitely expectations with each gender that were much more clearly defined than they are today.
Today, gender roles are much more complicated. In most cases, both the man and the woman in a relationship need to work. In our economy, it is difficult to live on one income. And now that more women work, things at home have had to change. Going to work, making money, being productive, and feeling success are empowering for women, but that doesn’t mean we want all of the power all of the time. The homework for today’s man is to understand how complex women can be so he can better understand his diverse and confusing role as the perfect partner.
A woman likes a strong man. A physically strong man is a huge turn on. A woman likes to look and be with a strong, sexy man. She also likes the feeling of security a strong man can give her. So if you are thinking twice about renewing your membership at the gym, do it. And make sure you actually go. A woman likes a strong personality, because it exudes confidence, which can be very appealing. But an overbearing personality is obnoxious and an over-assertive one is embarrassing, so it is important to understand the difference. A man also needs emotional strength. This means you need to be strong when she is scared, supportive when she is sad, compassionate when she is needy, and any other possible emotional support that is required at that particular moment.
Your role in the bedroom can also be confusing. It usually depends on her mood; whether or not she wants to be the aggressor or is expecting you to be. Tender is good, but not all the time. Foreplay is usually necessary, but if she is ready to go without much warm up, then just go with it. Diversity is key. You just need to be able to decipher what kind of mood she is in. Good luck with that.
She will expect you to work and support her financially, even if she makes more money than you do. It is comforting to know that if we quit our job, we won’t be homeless. We like the option. You are the man and that is your responsibility. It may sound like caveman mentality, but it is honest. And regardless of who actually makes more money, it is important that you don’t pester her about her spending habits. She needs to have some control of money or there will be definite problems in your relationship. This theory does not work, however, if you can’t afford diapers for Little Junior – so then it is okay if you step in. But step cautiously.
Compassionate, empathetic men can be so sexy. They can also be weak and annoying. It is hard for most women to respect a crybaby, so you need to find that balance. If you do it just right, she’ll be eating out of your hands (or somewhere else if you’re really good).
If she works full-time, then you need to help with the housework. You can’t expect her to work all day and then be the maid when she gets home. But this is where it gets tricky. Find the chores she doesn’t like to do and offer to do those. If she likes to stack the dishwasher, you will never do it right and you’re going to piss her off by trying to do it. If she hates mopping the kitchen floor, you will learn to love it. Are you starting to understand what I’m getting at? She may not tell you which chores she prefers, but it is usually pretty obvious if you pay attention and read the signals. For example, when you vacuum before you dust and she bitches that the dust is going on the carpet and now she will have to vacuum again, maybe it is time to do it her way or find something else to do.
Most women suck at telling you exactly what they want. They talk in circles and don’t make themselves clear and then get totally exasperated when you don’t get it. When she is annoyed, don’t bug her with questions. Wait until a good moment and then ask if you can fold the laundry or clean the bathroom. Give her options, because she may hate how you clean the bathroom and she will choose the laundry just so she doesn’t have to be angry that you did it wrong.
I think it is fairly safe to say that most women really are this complicated, and I wish you the very best of luck trying to figure your girl out.