Dom Bettinelli Explains It All For ... The Ladies
I haven't read Dom's work at Bettnet.com for some time. When he started working for the Church, he had to refrain from speaking freely on certain matters, which was a loss to the Catholic blogosphere. For awhile, his writings seemed rather tepid (if only by comparison). But when God closes a door, yada, yada, yada, and what I stumbled upon tonight proved to me just how much I have underestimated the man.
He is explaining to single women everywhere, why guys are the way they are:
So “why do guys do that?”, meaning whatever action is driving the object of his affections away. Well, I’m here to tell you ladies, that we do it because you told us to ...
You totally need to read this, girls, because frankly, I'm getting tired of all your whining, the whole damn bunch of you. Compared to you, men are not terribly complex creatures, at least not in the same way. Nor are we as intuitive. As a rule, we do not know what you don't tell us. And we are never at our best when fielding mixed signals, and most of you send them out as easily as you breathe.
(Every married man reading this is nodding his head right now, if his wife isn't looking.)
So guys, how do you counter this? In a social situation, when greeting someone of the opposite gender with, say, the "Latin kiss" (common even among younger Latinos), or however things are done in your neck of the woods, a gentleman should wait for the lady to make the overture, as in polite society -- I don't give a rat's patootie how liberated they are -- women generally set the boundaries. Same goes for kissing goodnight.
Don't expect to meet a nice Catholic girl in a bar. Not that you won't, but it depends on the bar, and even then it's a long shot. (If there's dancing, and I mean REAL dancing where you actually have a partner and there is skill involved, most guys don't know how. If you do, you're halfway there, champ!)
There is a distinct advantage in waiting for the Church to determine anyone's freedom to remarry through a petition for annulment. For men, it means not having to deal with recently divorced women, who are generally fickle in their actions, to say nothing of their affections. This is the natural consequence of such a life-shattering experience, and it makes them both vulnerable and dangerous. It's that "crazy time" thing we were talking about before.
Dom, I know it's been a while, but you're still The Man.