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They say there are only two things that's constant: death and taxes. I beg to disagree, there's one more: women complaining about men. You could time travel a thousand years into the future or into the past and I'll bet you'd still find women nagging men. [along with new gadgets for men to block out the white noise]

Which leads me to a question: Why is it that men are almost always portrayed as the bad guy in the relationship? Looking over the forum posts and blogs in the internet, one could almost conclude that "good guys" have a lot more in common with medieval dragons, elves, the tasmanian devil, bigfoot, the Siberian tiger, pandas and tabios than living breathing men: they are either figments of our imagination, myths or extinct.

So, are good men really hard to find? YES! but not because they are an endangered species, i think its because women almost always look for them in the wrong places or snags them in the wrong situations.

Here are some common sense facts about men that most women do not seem to get.

1. Good Men cannot be found in a bar, a disco, or a singles party.

Looking for Bf material guys in a bar, a disco or a singles party is like looking for a new pet in the local dog pound. You might get a cute looking dog but the dog pound's surely not going to give you a rabies free certificate and with all the dogs locked up together, you'll just have to take your chances.

Good men do not go to bars and discos to pick up girls. They’re there to catch up with old friends and have fun! if by chance you do manoeuvre yourself into a conversation with them, they'll surely not going to take you as a GF material, at best, they're going to regard you as something that comes with the peanuts and beer.

2. Once a Cheater, always be on the lookout.

If you got your current BF by having him cheat and subsequently break up with his previous girlfriend, then why expect he's not going to do the same thing to you? Tit for Tat, an eye for an eye they say. In this case, you can't even blame the guy when he cheats on you and you can't even expect sympathy from your friends. Some people would say its justice served hot and they will be right.

They say the best predictor for future behavior is past behavior. I wonder then why girls do not apply this simple principle when it comes to choosing their BFs? Afterall, they're so great at connecting the dots when it comes to gossips and unrelated tidbits of info, they can even rival KGB during the height of the cold war.

Granted the guy may indeed change his ways when it comes to you, what with your irresistible looks and one of a kind personality. But until then, I’ll keep my popcorn and wait for the fireworks to start.

3. What You Show is what you get

I’m not against women dressing sexy and showing skin to feel well… sexy…, far from it, I rather enjoy watching them while playing fill in the blanks in my head. What I don’t understand, however, is why some women think that the amount of skin she shows is directly proportional to her chances in snagging a great guy. A regular hot blooded guy maybe, but a great BF material guy???

I mean, why use curves and skin as a bait and complain that all it ever snags are sex pervs? It’s like using worms as bait and complaining that all you ever catch is fish! Well what did you expect?? Submersible chickens??

Girls, what you need to understand is the fact that the moment a guy gets attracted to your revealing dress and miles and miles of skin, it’s not the heart, and certainly not the brain that gets a massive increase in blood supply. It goes somewhere else, along with the capacity to think or even entertain mushy feelings.

Use some intellect or some character to attract BF material guys. After all, it’s not the FHM magazine they pick up when they look for inspiration.

4. Sex Aint a Warranty for Lifetime Service

Did we somehow miss out the part in the Old Testament wherein God gave out the commandment that states “guys have to expunge themselves of hormones and testosterones and should never look or fantasize about other girls ever after having sex with their girl friend?” What is it with sex and fidelity anyhow? Is there a grand unifying theory that connects the two?

Sex is sex. It’s not a lifetime warranty for the guy’s love and certainly not a guarantee against him cheating in the future. It’s not an excuse for the other shortcomings in the relationship and certainly not a replacement for love.

Using sex to chain a guy in the relationship is a lot like using free meals and a roof as incentives for convicts to stay in prison. State sponsored meals and free rent may be great but it sure as hell won’t compensate if the company sucks! (figuratively speaking)

Sex is just another manifestation of love and sometimes a purely primal instinct (like smelling your fingers after scratching your armpits with it). It’s much like the chocolates and flowers and Ipod you gave him for your anniversary (maybe he just wanted a new Ipod and so ditched after getting it, he he).

5. Having a Guy Undergo the Girls’ Litmus Test

Girls have a very nasty habit of doing secret and complex experiments to otherwise OK guys just so they can prove to themselves that their BFs are loyal to them. Here’s a spoiler… Girls don’t usually like the results.

Generally, these experiments have something to do with unlocking the darker side of a guy’s personality (tendency to cheat, to lie, to flirt, etc). It’s much like unlocking the 3rd eye, or in the case of provoked infidelity, the 3rd leg, he he he.

Upon deeper reflection, it brings to mind the experiments the Germans were doing to the Jews during the holocaust. The Germans conducted studies on how long a human body can endure given a certain amount of daily calorie intake. I forgot the exact value but I’m sure I can find it again in Schindler’s list. In this case, Girls are experimenting how long an oxygen starved brain (blood is pumped elsewhere as mentioned earlier) lasts before as guy gives in to his primal instincts (which in the Old Testament is referred to as “go forth and multiply”).

IT’S INHUMAN! It’s almost like not knowing you’re in a survivor series show, temptation island, pinoy big brother, or whatever it is that gives girls these insane, game show, reality tv ideas about love. Here are a few noteworthy examples (guys, watch out for these standard baiting procedures so you’ll know it’s a trap:

The Cellphone Sneak Attack: She’ll have you go out on a surprise errand just so you’ll unwittingly leave your cell phone behind. She’ll then scour over the message inbox looking for telltale signs of infidelity. If you’re really careless, she’ll even piece the whole story together from the little crumbs of info found in your cell. She'll then sweat you with the good cop/bad cop routine after this. It’s like CSI without the flashbacks and Horacio One-liners. Unlike CSI though, you’ll be guilty until proven innocent.

The Secret Admirer/Stalker: This is actually one of the favorite MOs of girls. They’ll either pretend to be someone else, complete with new and untraceable sim cards, bogus friendster identities and stand in voice over the telephone (usually their friends) or let someone else ( a trusted friend hottie you don't know about) to draw out your incubus out into the open. Their bogus identities or trusted sidekicks will sound so credible you’ll even think they are female versions of Jason Bourne or FBI agents for the witness protection program.

Again, this is as sensible as putting a wet log over a fire hoping against hope it wouldn't burn. Hell, even guys over at big brother's house do it knowing very well that their GFs are watching their every move at home not just on TV but over the 24 hour feed on the internet!

The Hard Choice: Girls love to put guys in a position where they have to make a choice between two important things in their lives. Whether it be academics or her, your parents or her, your friends or her, your self respect or her, your vices or her, you can bet your ass there’s only one good answer every time. Nope, it will not even be a trick question as she’s going to give you lots of clues along the way. It's like Deal or No Deal with only one case.

Girls do not seem to get that there are no perfect guys out there. Dig deep enough and you’re always going to strike bedrock. The guy may truly love you and may truly want to give you his best but he’s still human and his frail human heart can still be overcome by his primally-coded brain.


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