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Guy Talk: A Man’s Female Friendships Are Nothing To Worry About

I have a fair number of female friends, and sometimes dating is hard as a result. I'm not Casanova -- I write on the internet for a living, for Christ's sake -- but my girlfriends often get jealous of my girl-gendered friends. They think that if I'm hanging out with a female friend, I'm probably…

By: Phil Dotree / October 18, 2010

5 Tips For Making Weddings Fun For Men

There are a number of things that guys hate about weddings, but for the most part, we'll be quiet about them. We realize that the modern wedding isn't really designed with guys in mind. If you really want a dude to be a legitimately happy wedding guest, it doesn't take a whole lot. Just give…

By: Phil Dotree / July 31, 2010

Guy Talk: How To Hang Out With Your Ex Without Upsetting Your New Guy

I used to think that when a relationship ends, there's no reason to see the other person again, other than in casual public settings. After all, it's called "ending a relationship" for a reason. All of that changed when I dated one of my long-time friends. She's excellent. When things didn't work out romantically, we…

By: Phil Dotree / July 22, 2010

Guy Talk: How To Propose Like A Champ

Men fear commitment the way that dogs fear vacuum cleaners. And actually, men kind of fear vacuum cleaners, too. But marriage is a scary prospect for any person, and guys tend to ridicule friends who take the plunge and decide to propose. Yeah, it's completely juvenile and undeniably silly. Guys try not to show their…

By: Phil Dotree / June 25, 2010

The Worst Mother’s Day Gifts Of All Time

It's not terribly difficult to buy a decent gift for Mother's Day. Generally, you want to get something that's a bit meaningful, as moms tend to see right through thoughtless gifts and then proceed to nag you about them for years to come. Unfortunately, sometimes children tend to over-think things. This can be catastrophic, and…

By: Phil Dotree / May 7, 2010

The 4 Evil TV Characters All Men Want To Be

Heroes are boring. Who wants to be Clark Kent when you could be Lex Luthor? Ever since there have been complete a-holes around to spoil the good guys' fun on TV, guys have wanted to be them. Here's a look at four TV villains all guys wish they could be.

By: Phil Dotree / April 24, 2010

Take It From Him: “Bromance” Must Die

Lately, the word "bromance" has been getting some tremendous mileage. You see it on movie posters, on TV, and in passing conversation. In general, the word refers to two heterosexual guys who have enough social interaction that they're basically dating, only without the sex. Get it? BRO-mance instead of romance! Yeah, we know. It's a…

By: Phil Dotree / March 23, 2010

What Men Think When Shopping For Clothes

Men and women behave differently when shopping for clothes. Women tend to take longer than men when picking out their wardrobes. I know, you've never heard this before. However, nobody really addresses the male thought process when shopping. It's different from the way women think, sometimes bizarrely so. Here's a look at what guys think…

By: Phil Dotree / March 17, 2010

Why Men Enjoy Professional Wrestling — DRAFT

One of the most popular sports in the world is professional wrestling -- if you count it as a sport, of course. The overwhelmingly male audience absolutely loves watching dudes in leotards beat each other up in matches with pre-determined outcomes. I've been a fan of professional wrestling since I was a young kid. At…

By: Phil Dotree / March 15, 2010

Does Every Guy Want To Date A Model?

Every year, countless articles decry men for our unwavering desire to date supermodels. Real women don't look like that, we're told, and there's nothing wrong with a few extra pounds. The thing is, most men agree with that statement. If we didn't, the human race might be in a bit of trouble. Still, magazines, TV…

By: Phil Dotree / February 25, 2010

Every Guy’s Ideal Valentine’s Day Date Itinerary

Traditionally, Valentine's Day is treated as a woman's holiday. This sexist interpretation is due to the whole love-is-for-the-ladies thing that has been a part of American culture for the last hundred years or so. The classic image of the holiday is a man showing up on a woman's doorstep with flowers and candy, and nearly…

By: Phil Dotree / February 11, 2010

What Guys Do When They’re Alone On Valentine’s Day

When Feb. 14 looms over us like the grim specter of Death itself, men react in a rational way: We do everything that we possibly can to find someone to date us as soon as possible. Regardless of whether we like, dislike, or want to kill a person, we'll go out with her rather tha…

By: Phil Dotree / February 9, 2010

Handling Valentine’s Day With A Not-So-Serious Boyfriend

Valentine's Day is the holiday of love (or crass commercialism, depending on whom you talk to). However, things can get a little bit awkward when Feb. 14 rolls around and you've been dating someone very casually. There's a lot of pressure on V-Day to bring a relationship to the next level, but sometimes you're just…

By: Phil Dotree / February 8, 2010

What Men Think During (And After) One-Night Stands

The one-night stand is a great American tradition in which two people have awkward sex that both will regret immediately. Most people have had one or two one-night stands, and they're certainly a unique experience -- almost a rite of passage. Like all rites of passages, one-night stands are shameful, awkward, and huge causes for…

By: Phil Dotree / January 26, 2010

What Men Think About During Sex

Men do a lot of thinking before sex. Mainly, they think about how to get sex, what to eat in order to have the proper energy for sex, and how to have better sex. Our thinking during sex is much less complex. During passionate sex, the conscious mind of a man is pretty much obsessed…

By: Phil Dotree / January 19, 2010

The 4 Things Men Hate About Sex

Guys love sex. It's hardwired into our brains. I'm not saying that women don't love sex, by the way--everybody loves sex. It's sex. It's awesome. It seems like a biological miracle sometimes. Of course, that doesn't mean that everybody loves everything about sex. Here's a look at four things that men don't actually love about…

By: Phil Dotree / January 12, 2010

Take It From Him: Relationship Anniversaries Are A Stupid Idea

Guys often forget relationship anniversaries, according to every bad comedian's jokes since about 1965, and various magazines and TV shows since then. It can seem inconsiderate on the surface, and men get a lot of heat for not taking relationship anniversaries seriously. We've got a pretty good excuse to cover for our mistakes: we don't…

By: Phil Dotree / January 7, 2010

4 Thoughtless Gifts Men Buy (And Why They Bought Them)

Men don't tend to be great at buying nice, thoughtful gifts. You really can't blame us -- we don't expect anything more than nostril-hair trimmers for our birthdays and a decent tie or two on Christmas, so we end up giving similar gifts to women, which doesn't always turn out well (I'm nursing a head…

By: Phil Dotree / December 24, 2009

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