As a guy, I am bombarded with a lot of cultural expectations about dating and romance. A lot of these little nuggets of wisdom are provided to me through movies. Some of them are pretty innocuous: I’m supposed to hold the door and pay for the meal. That’s cool with me. I can handle that.
However, where I really run into trouble is on the huge-feats-of-love front. You know, the department that encompasses running through the airport to proclaim my unrequited love or persisting in limbo state between life and death in order to protect my girlfriend from criminals. I’ve been fed plenty of examples, but those seem to be what women want most. Right?
So I try, on occasion, to prove my ardor with grand gestures. I’ve been told over and over again that it’s supposed to work but over time I’ve realized two things: I have a terrible singing voice and I am definitely not attractive enough to pull some of this stuff off.
We guys are being misled by films and pop culture to believe that these things would actually work! In reality, though, doing any of these things would leave us alone and with a restraining order. There is no way that some of the things we see in movies would ever get a positive reaction from any woman in real life.
I spent way too much time thinking about it and I compiled a short list of things that I would never get away with.