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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Substitute “him” for “her”

Bryan Caplan quotes from Tyler Cowen’s new book:
A Dr. Rangel, a well-known blogger and MD, offered this recipe for impressing a woman:
Wine her, Dine her, Call her, Hug her, Support her, Hold her, Surprise her, Compliment her, Smile at her, Listen to her, Laugh with her, Cry with her, Romance her, Encourage her, Believe in her, Pray with her, Pray for her, Cuddle with her, Shop with her, Give her jewelry, Buy her flowers, Hold her hand, Write love letters to her, Go to the end of the Earth and back again for her.
Just imagine substituting “him” for “her” in this passage, and telling women to do it. “I want to be his girlfriend, not his slave” would be a reasonable response.
Indeed. Having said that, I think any woman who gives jewelry to her man is likely to confuse the poor boy immensely. In evolutionary terms, women have reason to be more pricey than men, and we lads have just got to grin and bare bear it.

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