Posts Tagged ‘Romance’
You know, since I’ve been single, I have been playing the dating game and not playing well apparently. Then I stopped and re-read, comments and things from my readers and I think a bunch of us have been so knocked around that we should be lined up in the dented and ding section at Sears.
Of all the baggage that I think we carry around, the dysfunction that I think we drag from relationship to relationship the most is distrust. It’s easy to decide that people are shit but it’s not so easy to let our guard down and allow them to become sugar again. It’s like you meet someone you totally click with and instead of being totally excited at first, the feelings inside are more like
I can attest to the fact that letting that guard down is one on the hardest things to do. I don’t just have guards, I have stone walls, moats, drawbridges and the like…lol, getting in with me is almost list breaching the castle in the Prince Caspian movie….LOL. Still, as in the movie, it is possible to get in. Most people who have had their emotional foundations shaken in bad relationships develop those barriers but even so, we are aware that in order to move on, we have to be willing to drop the bridge so to speak and invite someone in our fortress. But when?
What is it that decides we are ready to let our guard down and try this madness again?? Is it the person? Time? Gut feeling? I think it can be any of the three. I believe so strongly that the right person can walk into our lives and stir up the feelings that we have been protecting behind those, what we wanted to be, impenetrable walls. They stir up the feelings of trust, compassion, passion, desire, need to love and the need to be loved. The biggest feeling that is awakened is our feeling of vulnerability. I know that I can deal with almost anything but the feeling vulnerability throws me for a loop. Why? Because that means, my guard is or is on it’s way down and whoever I’m letting it down for can hurt me. I’m like most people, not a huge fan of that. The funny thing is, it’s easy for us to say that when we’re vulnerable, someone can hurt us but the flip side is that when we’re feeling vulnerable, someone can love us and help us to feel more emotionally safe.
Some people require time but if we start planning our emotions based on time we can schedule in our blackberry then we have become entirely too regimented or we have become entirely too regimented. We can’t plan when to start trusting people in the Captain’s log but we can use the log to document when started to feel the joy and relief of letting someone in.
Where we get screwed up a LOT is we don’t trust our gut. Our instinct is something we’re born with for a reason. It’s been my experience that some of the biggest dating and non dating problems that I’ve had in my life didn’t stem from my intuition being wrong, they came from me ignoring my physical cues. I think that many of us are guilty of “giving people a shot” per se. How many people have you gone out with and you had the attitude “Meh, we’ll see what happens, this might work out” versus “Wow, the chemistry with this person is awesome, this is going to be a lot of fun”? I know I have, I think we may have all had the urge to settle even though we don’t have to. I think that if we trust our gut and let our guard down, we might be making a more accurate decision.
Sure, there is always the possibility of getting hurt no matter when we drop that guard but the other opportunity is there also for happiness, no guts, no glory………right?
So how do YOU decide it’s time to start lowering your guard with new people you date?
Originally Posted 10/13/2009
I was out and about surfing the net and I ran across this list of top 10 things you should never say to a black woman. Now each of the 10 things hand their own commentary but I decided it would be fun to give MY spin on them….no worries, at the end I will link you to the original article so you can see what they wrote…I just this this was mad funny.
10. ”I was raised by black people.” (I agree with the original author, if you were raised by a nanny or a butler, that does not make you down.)
9. “Black women are so sexy.” (Not all black women are sexy just not like all women of another race are sexy, you have some hot and some not so much in any race.
8. “Can I touch your hair?” (Are you CRAZY?? As much as I pay for hair and you wanna rub your hands all up in it? Please unless you are a stylist with some thread you bedknot. )
7. “I only date black women.” (So? That’s YOUR deal, why do you only date black women? Because you have no luck with any others so you are “settling” take that shit on someplace.)
6. “You’re the black Audrey Hepburn.” (I put that right up there with you are “fine for a black woman”, what if I was another color I’d be a hot mess? Never that.)
5. “I don’t see any difference between the races.” (You lyin ass, if you only date black women you do see a difference you just think it’s in my favor.)
4. “It’s not like you’re the first black woman I’ve dated.” (Okay but dated and fucked are two totally different things…I’m not impressed.)
3. “You look like En Vogue.” (All of them? Please that’s like telling a guy you look like Motley Crue…take that on somewhere.)
2. “Black women are so much cooler with sex than white women.” (If you think black women have some voodoo hoodoo bullshit goin on you’re wrong, most guys come to bed with a shrunken head already, that’s not our fault.
1. ”I’m voting for Obama.” (And?)
Today’s question, have you ever had someone slide you a backhanded comment based on your race or body type?
Top 10 Thinks You Should Never Say To A Black Woman
Original Post Date 6/18/2008
I saw an image tonight on my friend’s FB page and it said “Ladies, guys are sick of hearing you ask where all of the ‘nice guys’ are. They’re in the ‘friend zone’ where you left them.”
I started thinking about all of the women that I’ve heard talk about how they didn’t want to get involved with a man because she didn’t want to ruin the friendship. That doesn’t make any sense to me. When I hear people say that, I tend to think that they are either not physically attracted to the person and are afraid to hurt their feelings, or they are not very comfortable with their own relationship skills.
I like to think that my lover is my best friend. To me, my significant other should be the one that I share things with, enjoy doing things with and is my rock when things are getting tough. My friends know more about men than someone I just meet and take the time to understand my quirky ways. If a woman has a man in her life that does all of those things, why would she not want him as her lover?
Every relationship has the possibility of ending, be it a friendship or a romantic relationship. I think that so many women have been involved in bad relationships (I know men have too but I’m a woman and speaking from my own point of view), that it is easier to keep a guy in the friend zone. See, if a man stays in the friend zone, a woman has the benefit of his company, his emotional support and consistent approval, without having to take the emotional risk that comes with being in a romantic relationship.
What tends to happen is, woman keep a guy in the friend zone, date some jackass that breaks her heart and then goes back to the friend zone to have him pick up the pieces. I think that not only sounds selfish, but I also think that part of the reason the heart got broken is that the man she was dating didn’t respect the relationship the same way that the man in the friend zone does. If this sounds like she wants her cake and eat it too, then that sounds just about right.
I am not saying that men and women cannot be friends, they can, they are plenty of men and women who are friends where neither of them is interested in the other romantically, and if that is the case then the above doesn’t apply. I also know people who have maintained a platonic relationship with exes; I attribute that to the previous romantic relationship being built on a friendship.
I would say to the women that have men hovering around in the friend zone that you should take some time to evaluate the real reason that you keep those “nice guys” in the friend zone. Maybe the nice guy is not what you want; it’s what you think you want.
Oh and ladies, if a man is not physically attractive to you, just tell him. No, don’t come out and say that he’s ugly or whatever, but respect your friend by telling him the truth, you are not romantically interested in him. Let’s retire that lame “I don’t want to ruin the relationship” madness, that phrase is right up there with “it’s not you, it’s me”.
There was a song that once asked the magic question “how can we be lovers if we can’t be friends”? Well?
I guess I should preface this journey into the land of total phuckery by saying, the terms “ho, slut, manwhore” and the like are all relative to the speaker. However, one’s perception of what a “ho, slut, manwhore” is, is based on the listener. So, a man who knows a woman who sleeps with men because they have a car could be considered “hoish” by some….and resourceful by others….follow me??
Today’s lesson in “Ho-ology” is courtesy of Twitter….lol. Last night, instead of doing my homework, like I should have been doing, I was goofing off on Twitter, one of the TTs (trending topics) was #GirlsShould. That sounded easy enough so I said ” #GirlsShould not act like a ho and expect to be treated like a lady.” I still stand by that statement, if a person (male or female) chooses to be a “random” or a “jumpoff” for someone or a few someones, don’t expect that someone to open your doors, pull out your chair and all the stuff they do for their significant other, you are the “random” or the “jumpoff” without significant other status……know your role.
Anyhew…..about an hour later, I get this tweet and this woman is hotter than fish grease (mind you, my tweet had been retweeted without comment quite a few times), and attempts to give me a letter in political correctness. She goes on some crazy ass rant about how I have my nerve to say that women who enjoy sex should be treated less than human……huh?? I had to look at my tweets again, this heffa is off her brick. It gets better though, apparently, according to her therapist….damn, I mean her…. I am an advocate for disrespecting people based on their sexual habits. Really? I had no idea I was all that. I thought what I said was pretty clear and not too open for misinterpretation or over analysis, I was apparently wrong as two left shoes.
She further goes on to say that it’s people “like me” that blame rape victims for their rape and find victims guilty of bringing sexual harassment on themselves, all because I used the word “ho”. Miss Thang was on a roll, she was going to read me like some “easy reader” book, I am not sure what page she was on when she assessed that I was sexist and advocated for the degradation of women who choose to explore their sexuality. REALLY??!!! I said all that??!!! I thought what I said was ” #GirlsShould not act like a ho and expect to be treated like a lady.” Issues much?
About this point, I had come to the reality that she must have been called a “ho” recently and taken personal offense to my tweet…..and? I attempted to explain that the word was relative to those who use it and people have the right to choose who they are with based on their own personal criteria. If a man does not want a woman, or a woman does not want a man that has been circulated like a newspaper, that’s their choice. I never advocated nor suggested that anyone should be treated like dirt.
This woman was in her feelings, deep……she was not in her head at all and she was going to make me pay for every man that hit and quit her and every woman that has ever called her a “ho” to her face and behind her back. I was apparently the source of every misjudgment that had been made where she was concerned and she was going to make sure I knew all about it, which she qualified by tweeting “yeah, i got my hackles up about the word “hoe” …so? Maybe I identify with “hoe-ness” more than I do ladyhood, after all i enjoy fucking”. I guess so….
Finally, I got tired of hearing all that and I said “As you please, you have your right to be offended and I have my right to not care……with all due respect”. She responds to me by saying “dont bother with the respect. I’m a hoe, I dont DESERVE to be treated with respect. ” Hell, all I had to say about that was …. “As you wish…”…. LOL
This all goes back to the adage “It’s not what they call you, it’s what you answer to”, I never called HER anything, actually had very little idea who she was until she wanted to defend her “ho-ness”. My thing is this, women and men are free to express themselves sexually in any manner that one sees fit. How others perceive that man or woman is not my call…..it’s theirs. If someone perceives one as a “ho” and chooses to sleep with that “ho”, no more, no less, that is up to the people involved. However, if one chooses to be so blatant and open about their encounters (who, what, where, when, why, how, methods, frequency, position…) that they appear to be a person that one does not want to take home to meet their parents, move on….don’t get mad, open your own door and leave.
I still say ” #GirlsShould not act like a ho and expect to be treated like a lady”. Does that make me right?? To some, yes and to others, no…it’s their choice, one does not have to agree with me, it’s their life.
On an end note, this person’s bio says: ”PottyMouthDirtBag,HawaiianWhtBlk, Altruistic,HappyFatty, Slam poet, Blogger, Raging Womanist/Feminist, Potential Soc.Worker, Offending Yu For 22yrs”
It looks like to ME that offender has become the offended…..C’est La Vie. Thank you for joining me on this journey into total phuckery, I hope you have enjoyed your visit, thank you, please come again and watch your step.
I think we all have those people in our lives that we wish we had never given our phone numbers to. For a while, I had so many that I just finally set up a Google voice account to manage that phuckery.
Anyhew, this guy that I talked to years ago just popped up like toast in my text messages the other day and asked me for a “sexy pic” , the exchange went a little something like this:
Him: I want a sexy pic of you!
Me: How does it feel to want?
Him: Lol nice
(Pause when I didn’t reply)
Him: Come on
Me: Why do you keep bothering me?
Him: Cause I like to lol
Me: Like I’ve asked to you before, just lose my number
Him: Oh stop u big baby
Me: Look, you’re a nuisance. If I wanted to stay in touch with you, I would have.
Him: Well I know you want to deep down inside
Me: Nothing runs that deep
Him: Lol awe
Him: You know I intrigue u lol
Me: No, actually, you annoy the piss outta me
Him: Whatever ur psyco
Psycho? Seriously? I am not going to blame all men of behaving this way but this is not the first time that I am aware of a man calling a woman psycho because HE can’t get any conversation.
In my opinion, guys who go there for that reason have some really distorted view of themselves. I believe that there are men out there who think that a woman who denies him attention must be crazy because “any woman would feel honored” that he gave her some attention. FAIL!! That is not the case, the case is, she just wasn’t interested for whatever reason and on the real, she doesn’t have to give one. Not being interested is her choice, just like it’s a guy’s choice to not be interested in a particular woman for whatever reason.
Look, there is a huge difference between someone being a challenge and a person being a total pain in the ass. If someone lets you know that they are not interested in you, just be like Lupe Fiasco, just “Kick, push, and coast…..”
The first time I tried to make this announcement, it sounded like a PR release and that’s not what I had in mind. Due to creative difference, I have decided it best that I move Ask Stang back to one of my own blogs. I had a great time working with Def Glam but some things don’t necessarily work out the way it’s planned.
I am moving it back here to the Stang’s Journal, as I think it would just be a better fit rather than trying to combine it with the Odd News and Ramblings on the Stangzine site. My journal is a more personal place for me and I think that the column would be best suited for this part of my network.
So, beginning today, Ask Stang will post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, right here in the journal. I promise, I won’t be moving it again and I thank you so much for stumbling through this with me.
I do have some irons in the fire regarding being a contributor for other networks, but we will just have to play that by ear.
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