These are kind of personal things that are just for me. I’m not going to pretend to tell everyone else what they should and shouldn’t look for in a mate, but I know there are things that I see that make me go, “sorry, but I’m going to have to pass”. Here are (because I’m lazy and don’t want to do five or ten) three of them.
1. Tattoos of the Browning Logo – I seriously had no idea what this was, but I knew it from the type of places that I had seen it that I didn’t really want a part in it. The other day I was reading a girl’s profile and there was a picture of a tattoo on a patch of her skin (couldn’t tell where it was from the picture). It was this logo and I ran a reverse image search to come back with what company it belongs to.
Never mind that tattooing the logo for a company that you don’t own on your body is about as bad an idea as tattooing the name of a significant other on yourself, it also doesn’t help when the company is a gun manufacturer.
Call this unpatriotic (and I’ll still call you a fucking idiot), but I’m down with people owning guns, knowing how to use guns and being safe around them. I see the reason for them as home and personal defense items. But the culture that surrounds them and the worship of gun rights over all other logic doesn’t make sense to me and it doesn’t seem at all healthy. So I’m going to have to pass.
2. Listing Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Tolstoy, Hemmingway and other writers that it’s obvious you read once for school – Remember that time that Bukowski wrote the story about the woman whose husband shrinks over the course of their marriage and she takes a six inch him and shoves him into her foul-smelling (his words, not mine) vagina ? Neither do the people listing Bukowski as a favorite.
There is going to be a specific subset of people out there who are really into “literary” writers. Not talking about those people, but there seems to be a set of people setting out to impress others with their profile more than they are representing themselves. Stop it. List Harry Potter or Twilight or Hunger Games or whatever book it is that you would read again or pick up for the first time if given the choice. All you’re doing otherwise is alienating people who are being truthful with themselves and others and asking for people who do like those authors to make you look stupid when you open your mouth.
3. The phrase “Prince Charming” used in any context that’s not satirical or cynical – This one might sound like a stretch, but hang in there. I don’t think that there’s any such thing as a perfect storybook ending. In fact, the only time we hear the phrase “story book life” uttered is on Dateline who-done-it specials right before the beautiful young wife ends up all Gone Girl and the husband is standing there saying “I know what this looks like.”
If there are two prevalent myths that need to be worked out of the public consciousness as far as dating is concerned it’s the idea that guys just get women at the end of doing anything remotely nice for no other reason than that they are decent human beings and that women need to find a perfect Prince Charming with sparks and butterflies and all of that.
Some of that stuff might happen to some people, but it’s probably not the norm and the idea of things not being hard is probably why so many marriages end in divorce and why so many people who aren’t happy keep trying at it. It seems like a bad idea to enter into a relationship where someone has a false idea about how to conduct themselves and what’s realistic (which is what both those cases are). I’ve learned to avoid it.
Nothing ground breaking here. I’m sure, at least in the case of the first two, that there are people out there who love these qualities and would find them endearing to find in another person. If you’re one of the people that has these things don’t start trying to explain to me how it makes sense, just find one of those people that likes terrible tattoos promoting corporate giants that make their money off fear or faking authors you like to make yourself look smart.
This is just my two cents anyway.