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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Unhorsing Your Knight
My niece posted one of those snarky female comments about men the other day on Facebook. The quote read, "Every Girl Is Entitled To A Knight In Shining Armor, Mine Just Took A Wrong Turn, Got Lost, And Is Too Stubborn To Ask For Directions."
Wow, it has been almost 24 hours since I heard a variant of the "men won't ask for directions" complaint from a woman. I feel compelled to respond, if only to warn my niece of the danger inherant in blithely accepting that a man's reluctance to seek directions from some stranger is necessarily a bad thing.
This female obsession with her Knight in Shining Armor's asking for directions reveals a profound misunderstanding of the nature of the male of the species. This misunderstanding, I believe, has lead women to a classic psychological double bind where their men are concern.
First women seem to want strong, capable hero-type guys as their mates.
Then, they want them to ask for directions, help with the dishes without being asked and spend long hours talking about feelings.
And women everywhere are now sayin, "Yes, exactly!"
Men everywhere are rolling their eyes and picking up the TV guide to see if there's a Thursday night football game on this week.
Let me explain something. We knights in shining armor don't ask for directions because we know where we are! We're right here. Finding the place we're going is the whole point of the quest. The journey is the worthier part. Give us time to find our own way, girls. You'll like us much better if you do.
Have you ever noticed that the first thing women complain about after they get their husbands successfully domesticated is that they have become boring? Teach us to ask for directions and next thing you know we're couch potatoes, taking our cues from television. After that, we don't go anywhere that no one has gone before. We no longer do anything unless it's safe.
For a young man, life is a grand adventure stretching before him. There are worlds to conquer, mountains to climb, damsels to rescue!
Pack up your knight's armor and domesticate him at your own risk ladies. He may be easier to handle, but he'll also be a lot more dull!
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoe-making and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. -Mark Twain