"Undermining my electoral viability since 2001."

Words of Advice for Young Men

I find this sort of thing kind of baffling:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday there was no timetable for wrapping up an investigation of an Internet report that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent racy text messages and lewd photos to a former New York Jets game hostess.
Deadspin reported the voicemails include a man asking to meet with Sterger, who now is a TV personality for the Versus network. The website posted a video that contained those messages and several below-the-waist photos - said to be of Favre - that were allegedly sent to Sterger's cell phone.

Now, let's be clear. I don't really care whether or not Brett Farve did some douchy things or not, but the article caused some resonant vibrations and it's a good jumping off point. Every time I read something like this, I feel the sense of a gap between me and other men. Maybe it's generational, maybe it's sensitivity or awareness or just having strong women in your life. I feel like i know a little something, and this is an opportunity to put some things out there that I think are good for people to grok and understand.

To wit: if you're a young man, or just a man who doesn't (yet) know much about women, here's something to chew on. You like to look at stuff to get turned on, females typically don't. A picture is worth a thousand words:

Words of advice to a young man: when courting a lady, don't send pictures of your wang to the one you fancy. It's not really likely to work out except perhaps as some sort of signifier of affection, and even then... not advisable. You can probably do better than that with some well placed words; or hey, go old school and say it with flowers. Can't hurt.

This isn't to suggest for a second that women are soft creatures who respond only to florid poetry and begrudgingly submit to sex only in some kind of pseduo-economic exchange for emotional recognition or other support. Girls are dirty as hell, yo. They enjoy life just as much as you do; maybe even more. They just get turned on more via forebrain stimulation as opposed to retinal. Savvy gentlemen callers know how to — in the words of Jay-Z — "stay on her mind." This is about narratives and stories and anticipation and whatnot, not cockshots.