Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Men and Women, Mars and Venus, Viva la Difference!

What do you think? Would a little girl have stuck her head in there?

Linda Goodnight here. Remember a few years back when the book, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” was the big buzz? It was fun learning how men and women view things differently and about the science behind those differences. I’m convinced God wired us this way for very good reasons, and to tell you the truth, I find our differences endearing, affirming and pretty funny, too.

For instance, we women are champions at multi-tasking while men are single-task oriented, able to wrestle a problem carburetor until the thing will run again. I don’t know a carburetor from a radiator and don’t want to. Meanwhile, we women cook super, talk on the phone, help the kids with homework, wash a load of clothes, and think about getting our hair cut all at the same time. This completely blows my husband’s single-focus mind, but he likes it because he gets to eat, the kids are cared for, and he has clean clothes to put on after he’s gotten all greasy from fixing the carburetor.

We all know men dislike asking for directions, but I’ve also discovered that men give directions differently, too. My husband says things like, “Go five miles south of highway 10, two miles west, then a quarter east of the intersection of blah and blah. By then, my head is spinning-I don’t do numbers. So now, I say, “Give me girl directions”. You know—“Go to the Taco Bell and turn left. Drive until you see a blue house with a birdbath in the yard. Turn right and stop at the third driveway-the one with the crack running all the way up to the garage.”

As a writer, I try to remember these unique characteristics when creating my heroes, but I’m always on the look-out for more. So who can help me out? Can you share a male/female difference you find interesting or funny?

Oh, yeah, and while you're at it, celebrate a little because life would be so boring if we were all women!


  1. "Would a little girl have stuck her head in there?" Well yes if I was that little girl. Although I never really did I was definitely the type of little girl that would have if someone had dared me to do it. I didn't want to do little girly things when I was growing up with two brothers. I wanted to play little league baseball or playground football or any of the other things my brothers did. In fact I injured my knee and ruined a lot of dresses(before my mother let me wear my brother's out grown jeans) trying to keep up with my older brother.

  2. Ellen, I'm so glad you never stuck your head in a chair vent! lol But nothing wrong with being a tomboy. I was one myself, but not quite as 'adventuresome' as my brothers.

  3. I would just have to second your mulit-tasking verses single-minded. My husband and I laugh about that difference in us all the time!


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