Sure, we can be a pain in the butt sometimes. Sure, there’s the nagging, the nosiness, the PMS mood swings and those easily injured feelings. But guys, think for a moment about all the wonderful things we ladies do. From the pains we take to be aesthetically pleasing to how we kiss it and make it all better, we women do rock. Let us count the ways!
1. Like it or not, we groom you for a real relationship.
Whether it’s the mom who taught you to respect us, the sister who told you our secrets, or even the last girl who dumped you because you weren’t ready to settle down, the women in your life help to shape you into the best man you can possibly be. So that when you meet The One, you’ll be ready, willing and able.
2. We’re sympathetic.
Before we try to solve the problem (as men tend to do), we acknowledge it. We say things like: “That must have hard for you seeing your friend get the promotion instead of you, how do you feel about it?” It may not seem like much, but a world without women’s compassion and understanding would be a pretty cold place.
3. We’re extraordinary ego-boosters.
If it seems as though women are forever fishing for compliments, it’s because they’re nice to hear, especially when they’re sincere. That’s why we “dole them out” about how handsome you look in that suit, how awesome you are at air hockey, how mind-blowing you are in bed, et cetera.
4. We’re soft.
Soft hair, soft lips, soft skin and so forth. All in all, it’s a pretty huggable package.
5. We keep your social life hopping.
Before there were Palm Pilots, there were women. We organize, we schedule, we remember. Admit it you get out a whole lot more and have a more interesting life when you’re dating someone who wants to do something besides sit home and watch TV all the time.
6. We listen.
The stereotype of woman as chatterbox is unfair. OK, scratch that we do love to talk. But not in a vacuum. That’s why we’re always urging you to talk; we believe in communication and that means we want to listen, too. Go ahead, open up tell us what you were like as a little kid and how you plan to save the world.
7. We have a civilizing influence.
Yes, you probably could survive in a bachelor pad adorned with nothing but a TV and a six-pack in the fridge. But once a woman enters the picture, prepare to see some improvements even if you’re not living together yet. Due to our nest-feathering instincts, we strategically place pillows, search for thick, absorbent bath towels, and not only use sheets but change them regularly. Ahhhh!
8. We inspire you to shoot for gold.
Think it’s an accident the Muses were all women? Somebody’s got to encourage your rock opera, psyche you up before that job interview, and root for your basketball team. We do it because we recognize your potential and know you can achieve your goals. And we want to cheer you on.
9. We make worthy opponents.
Yeah, yeah, we’re soft and sweet most of the time. But engage us in battle, and we will tear your #%$^@ing head off. So be thankful, be very, very thankful that we like you right now.
10. If you want kids someday, we’re usually willing to have them.
And the labor pains. And the stretch marks. And in between, the periods. You’re welcome.
Nina Malkin is the author of 6X: Loud, Fast, & Out of Control. For the male perspective on this issue, read Women: Give thanks for men