Once again, surprise surprise, my thoughts have turned towards relationships. One of these days I’ll be able to shake it off like Taylor Swift and mull over some other profound thoughts, but for now, my mind is stuck on love.
Specifically, I’ve been thinking about what I as a woman have the right to expect out of a courtship and eventual relationship. So many times we get used to being treated poorly and we think that this is normal, and then something happens that makes us go Oh! So THIS is what being treated like a lady feels like!
The standards for dating, in my eyes, have been playing a game of limbo for years: how low can you go? How low can you go? And yet when you try to stick to a higher principle, it can seem discouraging because that immediately shrinks the eligible bachelor pool down to 1.5 men in the nearest 100 mile radius. Yet I have decided that when I am ready for another go-around on the roller-coaster of romance, I will not settle for less than I deserve.
So what, exactly, do I feel that I (and all women) are entitled to?
Women deserve to be courted. And yes, I mean courted in the old-fashioned sense. Women warrant feeling like the man wants to pursue them and is willing to put in extra effort to make that known. This means paying for things, that extra text to make sure she gets home safe, making sure to compliment her on her outfit/makeup, and overall making her feel like she is wanted.
In most social settings, you can really tell who likes you and wants to potentially date you versus someone who just wants a piece of ass. This was made abundantly clear to me yesterday when I had one guy at one bar approach me and start a nice conversation, then offer to buy both me AND my friend a drink. At the next place, I had a guy talk and flirt with me for hours without offering anything.
In the current hook-up culture that we have going on, being courted is rare. Yet if a guy really wants to get a quality girl, he has to put in the time and effort that it takes to make that bid for her affection. Trust me guys, it’s worth it.
Women deserve to know where they stand. I have seen endless amounts of memes where the woman is freaking out because her man hasn’t texted her back in days and she has no idea if he still likes her or not. If a man truly wants to seriously date a woman, he needs to make his intentions crystal clear.
Speaking from experience, not knowing how someone feels about you for weeks or months on end is a shitty feeling. I am all about being busy chasing your own dreams, however, busyness is something that can be communicated. If a man likes a woman but simply is strapped for time, that needs to be something that is addressed. Quality women will have things going on on their own and will more than likely be just as busy. However, days without communication can be misinterpreted if they aren’t given the proper heads up.
Women deserve to keep their bodies to themselves. I am all about an amorous sack session, but that should not be expected right away. As a woman, sex is a powerful bonding experience, and it should not be viewed as normal to give that privilege away cheaply. If a man is seriously interested in a woman, he might hate the thought of waiting, but he will do it without making her feel pressured because he respects her and wants more than just the cookie.
Sex is amazing. Yet if you were to compare sex just for sex versus actual lovemaking with someone you care about and are connected to on a deeper level, lovemaking will win every time. You get all the heated passion PLUS a deep level of trust and intimacy that cannot be found stumbling home with some random from the bar.
I am all about women having the freedom to enjoy whatever they want whenever they want with whomever they want. However, once you’re ready to pursue something real, it’s worth it to hold out; those who want ALL of you will wait, those who don’t, won’t.
Women deserve to feel beautiful. I don’t care if you are a solid 4 or a 10+; no matter where you fall in the stereotypical beauty scale, the man you are with should make every effort to make sure that you feel like a million bucks. No woman will ever get tired of hearing “WOW” when she steps out the door or a low whistle when you bend over to grab your purse from the floor.
Feeling beautiful is so much more than feeling like your guy loves your body or your face. Feeling beautiful is feeling completely seen by someone else, and knowing that they like the view. Feeling beautiful encompasses a woman’s whole being, and a man who truly wants to pursue the whole woman will gladly make that known.
Women deserve effort. This is my last point because I know that sometimes, the things that I mention above are hard for guys. Some guys don’t make a lot of money. Some guys would rather choke than say what they actually feel. Some guys are awkward and have no idea how to interact with a woman properly. No on is perfect. However, no matter how far away a guy is from a streamlined dating machine, if they want a woman bad enough, they will put in the effort.
This effort might come in the form of planning out an entire date of free things. Cost-effective, yet the time it takes to think everything through is work. Effort might come in the form of someone who hates words mustering up the courage to simply state “I like you”. Effort also always comes in the form of communication; no matter what your hangups, quality women are infinitely able to work with them if they are made clear and attempts are strongly made to work through them.
Overall, the goal of courtship is to see whether or not this is someone with whom you can build a quality, lasting bond. If there is no effort put in to obtain this partnership, than there will more than likely be no effort to maintain the connection. A relationship with a good person is a privilege for both men and women, and its benefits will correlate with the value placed upon it.
So men: if you aren’t ready for a real relationship, don’t try to add notches on your bedpost with women who are. And if you do want to try to win the love of a real woman, do it right. Court her like she is a lady of old and you are her knight in shining armor; when a woman feels desired, respected, and safe, there is nothing that she will not do for you. Put in the work to earn it, and the ROI will be more than you could have dreamed.