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Monday, July 14, 2008

You think she's cute, right?

If one more of my friends asks me that about their new girlfriends, I may actually have to tell them the truth. I've had three friends ask me to tell them how attractive their girlfriends are in the last 10 days, not to mention the countless times it's happened over the years. They've shown me their pictures on their iPhones, blackberries, or some other device I don't own because they didn't give it away for free when I signed up for the service. I know I should just smile, lie, and enthusiastically say, "Yeah, dude, she's cu-u-u-ute! Good going," and then smack them on the back as the final seal of approval. Instead I look at the picture and say something like, "Yeah, um...she's cute," and then I try and change the subject with something like, "Did she go to school with us? She looks familiar." The bright ones get that I'm uncomfortable with the subject matter and drop it, but the more insecure friends need the validation. "But you think she's cute, right?," they'll persist, not recognizing when a person is trying desperately to spare their fragile egos.

Maybe they're just showing me bad pictures, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to lie when a friend thinks he's dating Alyssa Milano when the only thing Milano-esque about her is the fact that she's clearly been eating too many Pepperidge Farm cookies.

Women don't seem to need that type of validation. If they're into a guy, they're usually into him regardless of what their friends may think. The validation they seek is of their own value to the guys they're currently dating. The female equivalent of "You think she's cute, right?" is "Does my ass look fat in these jeans?" And I'm way more comfortable lying about the ass of a girl I'm dating than I am about the face of a friend's girlfriend.


Dori said...

Well, I think we definitely want validation from our friends. But you're right, it's less about the guy's looks and more about how nice/sweet/social/attentive he is. Typically the judgment is rendered after the first in-person introduction rather than display of photos.

CupidsReviews Heidi said...

Women do seek that validation as well just aren't included in those conversations! Pepperidge farm cookies.........haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

del said...

If you think about it, this is a pretty sad commentary on the guy's opinion of women.

Aaron said...

I hate to be technical, but studies actually show that it's the other way around. While girls don't seek approval of physical attractiveness from friends, their opinion of a how good looking a guy is goes up or down depending on social factors, like income, education, and largely their friend's approval. The difference very well may be that girls simply don't start dating you without knowing those things in advance.

The same studies show men tend to be the opposite, and their opinions of a girl's attractiveness tends to stay constant regardless of their friend's opinion. The up side is that, once a guy thinks a girl is cute, they'll think that no matter what others say. The down side is that they focus mostly on non-social factors, like body.

I can see ups and downs to both approaches. Some would accuse the guys of being shallow, and the girls inconsistent. :)