I’ve stated here on my blog and in many of my articles that I do not buy into Men Vs. Women thinking, mainly because I do not believe it helps us understand each other better. Yes, there may be some psychological and psycho-social gender-biased differences, but I do not believe they are big enough to separate us into two opposite species… Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus… if you get my drift.
I’m convinced that the separating of men and women into two opposite species from two separate planets has increased the men-women understanding gap and made relationships and getting along even more difficult. Instead of seeing each other as unique individuals who’ll act in their own unique individual ways, we see men as one homogeneous species who all say the same things and act in the same, and women the exact opposite species.
If you don’t believe me, look at cultures where the men-woman divide isn’t an issue (at least in the way they interact with each other), and you’ll see I’m onto something here. Men aren’t as scared of women, and women aren’t as confused about men as in “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” culture. This may also explain why tom-boys get along better with most men, and gay men get along better with most women. They don’t see each other as opposites because what unites them is greater than what separates them.
Last night, a few of us had an argument about whether or not men are really that simple.
The argument was that men say what they mean in direct and simple sentences, no meaning behind anything. And once they’ve stated their position, it’s said and done. Also when they are told something, they take it at face value. “You said it, so be it”. They do not try and “read” into the meaning behind what you say and do not later on come back with “you said this or that… let’s talk about that”.
Women on the other hand, go in the round-about way to say what they mean and then expect you to “read their minds”. And when you say something, they go into “Did you mean…?” and “I think what you wanted to say is….” And of course there is that proverbial elephant brain, “Women Never Forget Anything!”
Is this all true? Yes and no.
Some men are really “simple creatures”, and so are some women (I’m one of those simple creatures). But some men aren’t that simple either. They are just as complicated and hard to understand or talk to as are some women.
Which interaction style is better? The so called- men’s direct and simple sentences or the so-called women’s round-about-and-back-again style?
I believe both have their advantages and advantages. I stated before that my style is direct and simple, and I’m a woman. It’s the style I was raised with and one I find easier to operate in, so I may be a little biased.
I find there to be less “misunderstanding” when people speak in direct and simple sentences. But more importantly, less drama: things are said and things are forgotten – good ones and not so good ones. Life moves on. If you don’t remember in exact words what you said last year, that’s fine. Who wants to know and who cares? Relationships in general have more flow and less struggle and drama.
The downside of the direct and simple interaction style is that there is chance that you’ll come across as insensitive, if not rude. Some people looking for “mental cocaine” (a.k.a. stress) may even mistake you for a simpleton, child-like.
The round-about-and-back-again style (in my biased opinion) is useful only if used in selected environments and settings like in investigations, interviews, counselling, coaching etc. You listen very attentively, take what is said and then use that information to uncover more information. And if you are really good at it (most of us aren’t good at the listening part), you can uncover a lot of useful information, put pieces of information together and solve many answered questions. Amazing, really amazing!
It isn’t a puzzle that men (who claim to own the “direct and simple” style) complain that they feel like women are interviewing, interrogating or counselling/coaching them all the time. They probably are!
In one-on-one personal interactions however, the round-about-and-back-again style can be really, really frustrating. You say something direct and simple (no hidden meanings) and someone comes back with a completely different interpretation and you’re left there thinking, what!… (I don’t swear). Then they expect you to remember in exact words what you said two hours ago. Two hours? A lot can happen in two hours, which part of “life goes on” is hard to understand?
I said I’m a bit biased. It’s that direct and simple. Please don’t read other meanings into this. It’s frustrating and a complete waste of time … ):
Constructive differing opinions are however very welcome. If we’re really good at it, we can uncover a lot of useful information, solve many answered questions, and help both sides understand each other — and get along better.
I disagree. I’m a male and my brain is wired differently from a woman’s. They are not and will not ever be the same. Granted there are some women who behave more like men, but this as well can be attributed to hormonal levels.
You have the right to disagree. I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything. If you feel you’ve this man/woman thing all figured out, and your differently wired brain is working for you in that you’re in a perfectly happy relationship with the woman you want and love… good for you.
This post is meant for those who accept that they don’t have the man/woman thing completely figured out and trying to find better ways to get along.
Lol. What were u doing in the North Pole?
Looking for love… lol
That was a date from hell. lol
I read in many websites and books that women who are direct even if polite turn men off. Many times I’ve wanted to tell a guy what I think or feel but then I was attracted to him and didn’t want to drive him away. I guess if you really like someone there is always that fear that you’ll drive him away, but if you don’t, you really don’t care.
Hell is said to be “hot”! This was the North Pole…lol
I know about the dating advice out there. If that was the case, I’d have been the most rejected woman on planet earth… lol. On the contrary, I attracted them like bees to honey… still considered the “one that got away”.
Men just like women are individuals… I’m sure there are some who do and some who don’t like women who are direct. My advice is to be the best of who you are and let someone decide on his own whether he likes that or not (without you trying to control it). If you have to worry that you’ll drive someone away by just being yourself, something is already so wrong with that dynamic.
If you’re “hiding” parts of you that you think they might reject, then you are not giving them the opportunity to love the whole of you — and you are the only one to blame if you find yourself later feeling unloved, unwanted… or not properly bathed… with love…(:
Yangki, I really I like your post challenging the so called “differences” between sexes. Nothing puts me off on a date like a man talking about how women do this and men do that. It’s like I’m invisible. How does one handle something like that?
Believe me I know the feeling… it used to put me off too in my dating days (I wasn’t a love doctor then). I remember one incident, this guy went on and on for about 10 minutes about how wonderful “nurturing” women are. I guess I was supposed to be impressed by his view of women or take it as a compliment or something.
I just listened and said nothing. He then said, “You’re awfully quite”.
I said, “I know.”
“What do you think?” He asked.
“About what?” I asked back.
“Women as very nurturing. Do you think they are nurturing?”
“How do I know?” I said.
“But you’re a woman.”
“I know” I replied.
“So what?” I asked.
“So what do you think about women as very nurturing?” He insisted.
Bored and totally put off I said “That’s a question only women can answer. You’ll just have to ask her.”
Today, I’d probably be more polite and directly tell him, “I’d really rather talk about us than about women. Tell me more about you.”
I appreciate what you’ve written here. Men and women need each other. That should make them friends. Instead, too often it makes them enemies because of the fear and anticipation of being hurt.
As much as we want men and women to be completely equal in everything, in general they’re two different types of people.
This is not about “equality”. It is about putting all men into one neat little box and all women into another neat little box mentality. We make a HUGE mistake thinking all women are the same and all men are the same. In dating and in relationships, this can be the difference between whether things work out or not!
Men and women are not “two different types of people”; each man is unique and each woman is unique and should be seen, heard, treated and loved as such.
Would you feel truly loved as a special individual if your woman told you she loved you because you’re “just like every other man?” I guess not!
Women may have the same biological makeup distinct from men, but we human beings are more than just an assembly of body parts…
Excellent post. Once you go beyond the “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” mentality, relationships work so much better.
I love it! So true… so true.