Quote of the week

There are somewhere around five million words on this site, and I suspect somewhere around a quarter of a million were expended on the tedious task of bewailing my Permanent Singleness. Then again, I am sufficiently self-aware to know why I’m in this state — should I need to identify the culprit, I need only pop open my wallet and look at my driver’s license — which perhaps makes me at least slightly better off than these characters described by Robert Stacy McCain:

[S]ome guys never quite figure this out, because they have never really evaluated themselves or women objectively. These guys psychologically separate women into two categories:

  1. Super-attractive women they really want to hump;
    and
  2. Normal women they might actually have a chance with.

Unrealistic expectations — and particularly the Barbie-doll fixation — inevitably produce disappointment, and guys who fall into that pattern tend to end up pathetically alone.

Before proceeding to our example of this phenomenon, let me explain something basic: By the time you are 25 or so, you have probably already dated the best-looking person you’ll ever date. True, there are late bloomers, people who were high-school losers who get their act together by the time they graduate college and suddenly discover that they are more attractive than they were as teenagers, but this late-bloomer effect is very unlikely to occur after age 25. So by the time a guy is in his mid-20s, if he has never dated an 8+, he’s a damned fool to keep dreaming that Cinderella/Barbie/Playboy model will stumble into his life.

Ain’t gonna happen, Jack. Get over it. Life is not fair.

You really should read the whole thing, which includes a grade-A (or at least Type A) object lesson. I note for record that my own selection criteria are at least as implausible; the difference, of course, is that I know it.







2 comments

  1. McGehee »

    10 August 2013 · 8:59 am

    These guys psychologically separate women into two categories:

        1. Super-attractive women they really want to hump;
    and
        2. Normal women they might actually have a chance with.

    I did that too, but I must have done it wrong — I directed my efforts at Category 2.

    Didn’t do much better with them than I might have with Category 1, but “not much better” is still better.

  2. fillyjonk »

    10 August 2013 · 2:48 pm

    I suspect many women do this too, except with income rather than looks as the defining factor.

    I admit, I’ve reached the point where a chap would have to persuade me that life with him was clearly preferable to the life I have now. (And the dating pool of ALL income levels, where I live, well, let’s just say it’s more of a kiddie-pool size than an Olympic-pool size.)

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