Despite the fact that 50% or more of marriages end in divorce, men continue to suspend disbelief and think that somehow “my marriage will be different.” I can sympathize, as I was one of these poor bastards — I was married for 14 years. What follows are the reasons why men should not get married. I want to be clear that I am not opposed to monogamy. I think relationships are great. I just think that expecting your relationship to last a lifetime is unrealistic for the vast majority of people. So, if the odds are strongly against you spending the rest of your life with one person, why enter into a contract that will punish you financially should that relationship end?
A recent poll of more than 1800 women ages 18 to 40 by Glamour magazine suggests something that most women probably already know — women instinctively judge each other pretty harshly when it comes to their weight. The study asked the female participants to imagine a woman they had never met and who was described solely as “overweight” or “thin”. Then, they gave the women a choice of two words, such as ambitious or lazy — plus the option to choose “neither” — to describe that imaginary woman. Significantly, the results of the study demonstrated negative views of both overweight and thin women, with each type receiving its own common criticisms.
I will admit from the start that, being a Gen X man, I am probably not the target audience of HBO’s new series, Girls. Regardless, the incessant hype leading up to the series had duped me into thinking that it would be a witty and insightful look into the lives of Gen Y women — something that anyone with a brain could like. I actually looked forward to its premier. After watching the first three episodes (I had allowed for the possibility that it would improve), however, I can only conclude that Lena Dunham, the show’s creator and star, is a witch who must be burned immediately to break the spell she has apparently cast over those who somehow have a positive opinion about this god-awful show.