Wednesday, September 1, 2010
GUEST BLOGGER: Amanda Kane, LSW
What Women Really Want
A Bad Boy, a Sugar Daddy, Mr. Six Pack…reality T.V. and tabloid magazines are filled with clichés about relationships and the qualities that foster love. In real life, women (like men) have far more complex requirements for an acceptable mate. Women frequently deal with the challenge of managing both career and children and want an equal partner to help them maintain a balance. Women are turning away from bad boys or partners who offer them nothing but additional stress and drama. We have a finite amount of energy, and the modern woman isn’t willing to engage in a lot of BS.
Women are empowered in 2010 like never before. Although society is still very male-dominated women have more far control over their destiny than females of previous generations. Generally, Western women have greater educational opportunities that provide them with greater life choices. Women don’t need to settle down with any Tom, Dick, or Harry just to survive.
Society is evolving and allowing men to exhibit historically ‘feminine’ behaviors such as parenting and care-taking. Male partners with nurturing qualities may be appealing, not just as fathers, but also as caring romantic partners. Women want men who are emotionally available and supportive for themselves as well good fathers for potential offspring.