Don’t Believe Everything You Read

My feed aggregators often give me links to on-line versions of various women’s magazines. I usually don’t bother reading these as the headlines tell me there’s nothing to be learned. But on occasion, I check something out, usually when I need a laugh.

Don't Believe Everything You Read

I’ve read suggested sex techniques that left me in the fetal position with my legs tightly closed. I’ve read about “the sex move every man secretly wants” and then wondered why none of the hundreds of men I’ve talked to have expressed a desire for that thing. Then there are the “mind blowing positions” that show a total lack of understanding of human plumbing and/or seem likely to end with a trip the ER.

I realise some of these magazines print several articles a month about sex and long ago ran out of sane material, but still! More often than not, the advice I read in such magazines has nothing to do with how real men think or what they desire sexually. Even when the advice is decent and fits a majority of men, it won’t work for men. This is true for any source, including this blog. Use things like this as a discussion starter. If you mention something and he looks like he’s in pain or stares at you blankly, try again. 

~ Paul – I’m XY, and don’t even get me started on the garbage suggested by men’s magazines!

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5 Comments on “Don’t Believe Everything You Read

  1. I read an interview a million years ago from a former editor of Cosmo (I think), who kinda shrugged about all the sex articles and said, “There are only so many ways you can tell someone to insert Tab A into Slot B.”

  2. I suppose a blank stare IS better than a horrified “You want to do WHAT?????”

    The hard thing is that a woman who goes to the extent of perusing men’s magazines (or reads similar information in women’s magazines) has ‘invested herself’ in trying to please her mate, and honouring that whilst dismissing some of the weirder ideas can be cutting a fine balance.
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  3. My question is, who buys and reads this stuff? Like, for real. How do these magazines still exist?

    A casual scanning of the headlines tells you they never print anything worthwhile. And even reading them once in a blue moon at a hairdresser or doctors office in the dark ages before e-readers convinced me these things are never interesting or original. So, in the end you’re paying for very shiny paper full of nonsense and adds. Like, why?

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