5/25/12

Vintage Scan #22: Ten Things to Never Tell a Boy




10 THINGS TO NEVER TELL A BOY
(taken from a 1971 Girls' Romances comic book)

Each male on this earth is different - that's what makes life so much fun, right? But there are a few things all men have in common from ages five to ninety·five... like masculine pride, a need to feel important and special, a desire to be independent. If you send  out negative vibes about these things, men will pick them up quicker than anyone else... and put you down! You don't want that to happen..Yon want his image of you to be one of kindness, loveliness. charm. This super image is going to come as·much from what you don't say as what you do say. So get hip to when to keep your pretty lips sealed...

1. Never tell a man he's weak, This doesn't mean you have to rave all the time about how strong he is besides not even Superman is at his best 100% of the time! Just cut out the belittling remarks.

2. Never tell a man he's dumb, or that you always know more than he does. He just won't be impressed, and he'll probably be scared, There are probably areas you are·more of an expert in than be is, and vice versa so why put him down? But keep in mind that not many boys dig the dumb-broad act these days.




3. Never criticize his appearance:. Men are unbelievably vain. That guy has worried more about bis ears sticking out than you have he doesn't need to hear the bad news from you. If you wish he"d dress hipper then start by complimenting him.on whatever he wears that you like - then you can start tactfully making: positive suggestions. But don't come on with "Ugh, you look awful in that shirt!··

4. Never ridicule him -especially in front of his buddies. He'll hold it against you the rest of his life. Nothing haunts a man more than the laughter of a spiteful woman (This doesn't mean you can't tease him gently every now and then in private -that he can take, and maybe even enjoy. But be prepared to be teased back.)

5. Never intimate secrets he revealed to you against him.  During a fight, this is very tempting, but don't burn your bridges behind you.  Men don't confide in women much - when they do, you should take it as a sign of deep trust.  Never betray him!

6. Never tell him he bores you. It's all right occasionally to let him know there are certain topics that don"t thrill you, but don't ever give him the idea that he, as a person, makes you yawn.


7. Never he possessive. Questions like "Do you like me best of all?" "Why don't you call me every night?"' '"When are you going to ask me out?" "Do you date a lot of girls?" and "Am I the greatest thing that ever happened to you?" are guar.mt«d to drive him right up the wall and out of your life.

8. Never tell him everything about you. Always hold something back It will make you seem a little mysterious and give you some gentle power.

9, Never  point out your flaws to him. If he thinks you're a goddess don't tell him about your split ends or your skin problems, or your weight battles. He might change his mind about you.

10. Never let him down. You're the one person in the world who makes him feel like a god!


16 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 25, 2012

    Funny how things still apply 40 years later. Better yet, don't speak at all.

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  2. Jeez, I never realized that we men were such fragile, easily hurt creatures. It makes me want to cry.

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  3. Now get into the kitchen and make me a rhubarb pie!

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    1. The reason society is spiraling downwards so rapidly is that women have totally neglected their pie-making duties. Nowadays, they just buy some frozen thing at the store. Like I can't do that for myself? Thanks for nothing, princess!

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  4. I recognize far too many of these! It makes me suspect this unsigned piece could have been written by a man who'd been through all these disappointments himself -- it really seems oriented toward viewing things from a male viewpoint. However, the editor of this comic was the great Dorothy Woolfolk, and either she or her assistant editor Ethann Mordden could also have written this. I don't know their styles well enough to say! But my gut feeling is it may have been a freelancer instead.

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  5. Written by either a man or Phyllis Schlafly...or one and the same.

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    1. Phyllis could write "Don't Miss these Signs That Your Kid Is Gay".

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  6. I seriously doubt that a woman would have written this!

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  7. Why do the commenters think this SHOULD have been written by a woman? That doesn't make any sense. If you were going to write about the tastes and sensitivities of Hindus, you wouldn't ask a Presbyterian. An article about the tastes of black people, written by a Caucasian? Nope. So why is it required that an article about men must be written by a woman?

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  8. This was totally written by a woman. Times were different. Women were different.

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  9. A guy I knew in college got very excited and even turned on when he went to visit a girl and she was reading the newspaper. Of course, that was the late '80s.

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  10. Don't dismiss this too fast boys. Times have not changed THAT much.
    You are not fragile, but you do have feelings. None of you wants to be dressed down in front of your mates. None of you wants stuff thrown back into your face during an argument. None of you wants to be laughed at by the woman you love. REAL relationships have rules on both sides. We can be a vindictive gender.

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  11. Paul DucaMay 27, 2012

    11. Never tell him that you're pregnant.

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  12. AnonymousMay 29, 2012

    This is just plain good manners, from either side. Swap the genders in the article, and it still works. No one wants to be ridiculed or criticized, have their secrets used against them, or be stalked by a desperate suitor. I don't care if you're male or female.

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  13. AnonymousMay 29, 2012

    I had an ex-girlfriend once demand "We are not going to bed until this is settled!" Don't make ultimatums. You might not like the results. She didn't when because of this, and a few other things, I left.

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  14. AnonymousMay 29, 2012

    I had a woman ask me on a first date if I dated a lot of women. I told her the truth, which was "no." However, it threw me so much, that I decided that evening was the last I was going to spend with her. She called me 2 weeks later and wanted to know why I hadn't called. I told her that I didn't appreciate being put on the spot on what was supposed to be a pleasant occasion. I still don't.

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