What we wish you knew

By Eric Morken

running shoesThose who truly want to know what men wish women knew no doubt come to this column as their primary source.
But little did you know there are other credible outlets for such topics. Perhaps none better than a publication like Men’s Health. That’s why I went to their online version and found their list of “50 Things Men Wish Women Knew.” Without further ado, here are their top five, along with my analysis of each one.

5. If you’re truly interested in us, don’t play hard to get. This should probably be higher on the list. I’ve never understood the point of playing hard to get. In fact, I’m not even sure it exists. It’s possible that’s just something men think women do in order to convince themselves that the woman is really interested. If I’m wrong, and you are doing this, stop. Too many mixed signals probably aren’t accomplishing the desired effect.
4. If you think I’m speeding now, you should see me drive when you’re not in the car. I don’t really know what they’re getting at with this one. Contrary to what Men’s Health would have you believe, not all men feel the need to speed. Nor do most think it is at all successful in attracting a lady. If your man is a frequent speeder who is costing you money through tickets and heightened insurance costs, feel free to get on him. All other forms of back-seat driving are off limits. There’s nothing more frustrating than those helpful reminders on the open road.

3. Bare, tan shoulders are underrated. I’ll keep things PG and just touch on this. There’s a fine line between attractive and going overboard with a tan. A dark complexion during the summer is nice. What you want to avoid is that burnt orange look, where it’s obvious that how tan you are consumes too much of your thinking.
2. You look hot in running shoes and shorts. And that top thingy with the stripes. This is true. Guys really do like the dressed down look. All women should feel beautiful in shorts and a T-shirt in front of their guy. There’s a time and a place for it in public, but dress down with confidence in other settings.

1. Express yourself. It makes us proud, even if someone thinks you’re wrong. Never be afraid to express yourself, but don’t pretend you know everything. You don’t have to have an opinion all the time, but expressing yourself shows confidence. This is great. My advice? Listen to a couple “Stuff You Should Know” podcasts and blow people away with your wealth of knowledge at your next gathering.

Eric Morken is a husband, new father, sports reporter and outdoor enthusiast.

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