Thursday, October 21, 2010
two problems with this notion : (1) The implication that ONLY males are capable of lusting after someone for pure sexual pleasure (2) How can you really know if you are only lusting after someone, until your lust is satisfied?
My point is, it doesn't matter how long you wait to have sex, nor does it really matter --not necessarily in terms of physical health-- IF you have sex. It is only when you add emotions into the equation that sex really means nothing more than an act of pure physical enjoyment. For example:
Couple A represents a long-term committed relationship: Girl meets Boy. Girl likes boy, but nothing serious. After 3 weeks they have sex, and continue to have a sexual relationship even though the feelings are not quite developed yet. During this entire period, they do not go out on any official dates. 2 months later, Boy asks Girl to be his official girlfriend, and the two enjoy a long and healthy relationship (dates and all!).
Couple B represents a short-term dating/"unofficial" relationship. Boy meets Girl. Boy compliments Girl's physical appearance all the time, calls her sexy, and tells her how much he likes her. He aggressively pursues Girl by texting her everyday and taking her out on romantic dates. Girls is VERY attracted to Boy, but decides to wait until 3 weeks to have sex with him, because she considers herself a "respectful" girl. From then on they continue a sexual relationship, but Boy begins to hit Girl up less and less, until he finally just disappears without any explanation.
Now, in both scenarios, the Girl waits to sleep with her love interest for 3 weeks , and both situations have dramatically different outcomes. Alot of females say that you can never get a guy to really like you unless you wait to have sex. I've also heard females say they don't want to have sex because they're afraid to get emotionally attached. Ummm...I don't think that its possible to suddenly develop deep feelings for someone you don't even know right after you sleep with them, but I could be wrong.
It can be argued that by waiting to have sex with someone, then you can take the time to get to know them without sex clouding your mind. However, in my experience, even if you take this time, whether it be 6 months, 12 months, or 2 yrs, sex doesn't dramatically change how someone is going to feel about you. In my opinion, it is false to think that sex creates emotions, I think its the other way around. Emotions are the catalyst for sex, whether they are feelings of lust or love. so....
Is waiting to have sex really worth it??
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
He gazes tauntingly into my eyes, as if daring me to say something. Finally he says, "so..tell me about yourself"
"There's not much to tell I'm a pretty shy girl"
"Come on, at least tell me what kind of guys you like...tall, dark, light..?"
"I don't really have any preferences"
"Well, I can be honest and tell you that I don't really like dark skinned girls."
WAIT!!! did he just say that???
The topic of complexion in the black community has been debated more times than T.I. has been in prison. It is such a heated --and at times exhausting-- debate, that I told myself not to even bother posting on it. Little did I know this topic would actually have some kind of relevance in my personal life. As a female who falls on the lighter side of the complexion spectrum, I've never had the direct experience of being rejected because I was a darker shade than was desired, nor have I ever knowingly dated someone who felt that way. However, it always bothered me to hear many of my black male friends express this same exact sentiment, over and over.
I'll never forget one time in college, I was watching a music video with two of my boys and somehow we got to talking about how there are rarely any dark skinned girls in hip hop videos. One of my boys said "well, there aren't that many pretty dark skinned girls", in a matter-of-fact tone of voice. Of course, I lambasted my friend for being ignorant and went on a long spiel about why he was wrong for thinking that. In the middle of my rant two dark skinned girls walked in, listened for a minute, and with a look of disgust on their faces said "you're not even dark skinned so why does it even matter?"
Fast foward to the present...
This phrase was brought up again when I told my friend about the guy I dated who told me he doesn't like dark skinned girls. My friend said "why be offended, you're not dark skinned, so obviously you're his type...it shouldn't matter. Besides, its just a preference."
There are many reasons why this bothered me (I'll explain in a new post).. but one of the most obvious was that this "preference" spoke to a mentality that dominates the black community. Why is it that this particular preference has a high frequency amongst black males? It is also represented in our videos, song lyrics, and movies. Is this merely just a preference or is it guided by a more sinister theme of self-hate?
Now, I am of the school of thought that preferences do not simply exist of their own accord, but are guided by things that we may be unaware of. I also do not just view myself as a black individual, but many times as part of a whole entire group of black females. Therefore, is a person wrong for weighing in on a topic, if they don't really represent what they are defending? Do you believe preferences merely exist, or are guided by something else?
Sunday, October 17, 2010
"Don't put all of your eggs in one basket"
That's the advice I've been given over the years regarding men and relationships. The logic behind this advice is that you'd be foolish investing your time in one person, when you have no idea whether or not they're worth it. When he f*cks up, then you will have backup and never have to deal with his B.S. Basically, you're using "multiple eggs in one basket" as a preemptive strike to ease the pain of getting hurt or to avoid the pain all together. Ultimately, you eventually hope to find "The One" and u can drop all but one egg, and live in Hollywood romantic bliss!
Back to Reality
Can this pain really be avoided? I've tried the multiple men at one time thing, and, regardless of how many men I was dealing with it still hurt when dude #1 stopped calling and I begrudgingly called dude #2 just to have something to do. It also didn't feel so good when I dated one guy, and knew he didn't call me that night because Wednesdays were reserved for "Stacey".
The question I've always asked myself was, does dating more than one person at a time just dilute your interest in all of them and end up making NONE of them special? how can you really be sure if you like someone wholeheartedly, if you're only investing minimal energy in them? Example:
Jason meets Girl # 1 first, who is beautiful, intelligent, and fun. He dates her for a week, likes her, but wants to take it slow. Next, Jason runs into Girl # 2 who has the same qualities as #1, but has "something" about her that supposedly makes her stand out. Eventually, Jason starts calling girl #1 less and doesn't take her out as much. All the while he is taking Girl #2 to the Opera, his mom's house, and the backseat of his jeep. Girl #1 is eventually supposed to take the hint that Jason is not that into her, while he and Girl #2 are moving in to their new apt.
Now, did Jason really "find the one", or did he just CHOOSE who the one was for him was based on the amount of energy he put into her? could he have had the same outcome with Girl # 1 if he took her to the opera too, and never even gave Girl #2 the time of day? what, then, happens to all the Girl # 1's who are lead to believe the guy was interested, then left by the wayside without any explanation?
Is the notion of "The One" just a Hollywood myth or does it have more to do with choices than fate?
Friday, October 15, 2010
Snow White was the classic story about a
This story and many variations of it have played itself out in many aspects of pop culture. The crazy thing is that these are kids stories. From youth, girls are conditioned to think that being beautiful is an essential part of womanhood. Mothers and Fathers make sure they tell their little girls that they are "beautiful" and "pretty" in order to re-enforce a positive self-image. Then the media proceeds to bombard you with beautifying products and suddenly you find yourself crying to your girlfriends about the numerous guys you had "relations" with because you wanted to feel pretty. Growing up doesn't make things any easier, whether you're a 20 yr old girl wondering why you didn't get any "looks" in the street or a 40 yr old woman setting up her next botox appointment.
The issue of feeling pressure to always be beautiful is so damaging that Dove deodorant has begun what they call 'The Campaign for real beauty' that tries to expand the definition of beauty in order for every girl to feel included in that category, thus never falling victim to feeling ugly. Even Tyra Banks, former supermodel, is confident that this "big tent" approach to beauty will solve the self-esteem issues face by many girls today.
I see a MAJOR flaw in this plan. Whether a parent that tells their little girl "you're beautiful" or suggest she get an extreme face make-over, they are both contributing to the same problem:
Too much emphasis on beauty
The way I see it, the heart of the matter is that girls get the message that beauty reigns supreme and everything else follows. What about being smart or kind or any other characteristics that make you a great person ? The reality is that there will always one of two things: (1) an overall societal standard of beauty, and (2) different individual's perceptions of beauty... and your little girl may only fit into one or none of those categories. A 400 pound woman may not be society's standard of beauty, but some dude will probably love that. On the flipside Rhianna may fit the general standard, but some dude will be like "nah, not for me.."
We have to teach our kids to be strong enough to deal with being an exception to the rule. No matter how large the category of beauty is, there will always be outliers...and if she is an outlier, then so what? She has to be able to deal with the fact that someone, somewhere will think she's ugly, and she'll be grounded enough to not have a mental breakdown.
Bottom line...beauty is a bitch! Maybe Walt Disney was on to something...
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Websites such as Facebook and Twitter have enabled us to talk about ourselves all day all the time, and are even formatted in a way that promotes constant self-expression. Well now you have to ask the question, which came first the proverbial chicken or the egg? Is it that people have changed and become more self-obsessed in light of this new social-networking phenomenon, or have we always had narcissistic tendencies, but no means to properly express them?
There also seems to be a bigger issue at bay that not only involves Facebook but has permeated every aspect of our culture, including music, art, fashion and even politics. The notion of "regular" people is now being redefined, and people who have no talent, no style, and no political knowledge, are now "singers", "cover models", and "politicians". People who agree to have a camera follow them 24/7 and show off their regular lives become quasi celebrities and get featured on shows such as Dancing with the Stars, and even go on to sell
For instance, the Tea Party movement came out of nowhere and now has infiltrated REAL politics, with people such as Christine O'donnell and Carl Paladino having a real shot at winning the midterm elections. Many people say "no, there's no way they will elect someone who thinks evolution is a myth" or, "who will elect a guy who condones racism?" However, the allure of these people is that there are many ordinary folk who think just like them. The attitude seems to be: why have someone who is Harvard educated, or a career politician? I'd rather have the person who represents me have the same knowledge about politics as I do.
As a people, we are sending the overwhelming message that hierarchies no longer exist--that the ordinary people are just the same as the so-called outstanding people, and we all have an equal opportunity to be whoever we choose to. Its like Democracy on crack!
The question is, is this good for us?