In today's world, women have been led to believe that we are always
right, so what is there to improve? Of course, we were led to
believe this by other women.
Men would not agree, but smart men
wouldn't say so because they like to have sex. The surest way to go
to bed alone is to say or even suggest that a woman was not right.
So perhaps women are right because men are smart.
In the bookstore, I found a book that caught my attention because
it had a comic strip on the front, done in primary colors. OK, so
I'm a little shallow... but I'm still right.
This book was called "Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid." It was
written not by an "expert" in relationships who had a bazillion
unrelated letters after his name, but by a couple of comedy writers.
One of them, Howard J. Morris, was a writer for the popular series
"Home Improvements." The other, Jenny Lee, was a writer on "Samantha
I thought, "Now this is an interesting take on the whole gender
I picked up the book because I agreed with the title... and
because of the pretty colors. I opened it because I saw that it was
written by a man and a woman. That meant I would hear both sides of
Ultimately, I bought the book after looking inside. I wanted to
see how many times the words "crazy" and "stupid" could be used
without offending the reader.
I found that the answer was incalculable as long as the insult
was couched in humor. I laughed throughout the entire book -- not
because it was laughable, but because it was so true. There was some
good stuff there.
They are not a couple of Ph.D.s trying to bridge the gap. They
are not telling us what we are doing wrong and how we can fix it.
They are simply telling it like it is.
You really can't change it. All you can do is understand it and
try to work out the crazy and stupid.
After 29 years of contractual committed-ness with my husband, I
may finally understand. Understanding is good. Understanding at
least eases murderous thoughts and suicidal tendencies.
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Here's the kicker: Morris and Lee are not married. There had been
no "I do" in front of a witness, but they are in a "committed
relationship." Not committed as in "institutionalized," but
committed as in a voluntary prison... uh, partnership.
Since these two authors didn't want to risk a marriage contract
with each other, at least not yet, it must help to know that you can
walk away at any time without consequence. That certainly would
raise a couple's chances of making that "till I get sick of you"
They've made it two years already, which is nothing short of a
miracle... in Hollywood.
Contracts put your collateral on the line. There is risk. In my
humble opinion, if you are not willing to risk everything for the
one you love, maybe you are not committed enough. In which case, you
should not even be thinking about a "committed relationship."
On the other hand, some people only want what they can't have.
Once they have it -- lock, stock and barrel -- they don't want it
anymore. If you recognize that aspect of your partner's personality,
not marrying them is a savvy relationship strategy. A little therapy
for both of you may go a long way in this case.
There are also those people who don't want to be with a person
who is "forced" to be with them because of a signed contract. They
will always wonder if their spouse really wants to be with them or
is just staying with them because of that little piece of paper.
Judging from the divorce rate in this country, that little piece of
paper has not stopped people from leaving someone they believe is a
These scenarios demonstrate that people in love can be both crazy
and stupid. That is the simple point Morris and Lee are trying to
I was just adding a footnote.
See, there I go being crazy again.
[By LAURA SNYDER]
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