Where Are The Strong, Confident Men?

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A cat collector asks “Dear Wendy” a fair question:

I am a strong and confident 54-year-old woman who can take care of every aspect of a home. I can fix things, mow the grass, etc. I want a man who is also confident and strong, but I always end up with guys who are very clingy which I don’t like.
I want a man who is going to be the man in the bedroom — not someone who wants to cuddle and have me do all the work. I am also very confident in the bedroom and can be very sexy and, yes, I can tell them what I want and need. How come I get these guys who have to have a road map to decide which way to turn or how fast they have to go?
In other words I need a man who knows how to drive and how fast or slow to go and can do sharp turns and race up hills. I always end up with these guys who are the exact opposite. I ask them if I intimidate them and they say no. Are they lying?
— Strong and Confident

Hilarity surely ensued, though I didn’t bother to read Wendy’s response which, since it’s woman to woman, is probably meant to assuage the writer’s hurt feelings rather than to solve her problem. But be that as it may, I’ll be happy to answer the questions.

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Where have all the good men gone?

First of all, the strong confident men are either at home with their wives or shagging someone half your age.* Since nearly all women want a strong and confident man, those men have their choice of women. They are not particularly interested in a senior citizen who can mow the grass. That’s what we have kids for.
As for reasons why you attract the kinds of guys you do, the answer is two-fold. First of all, it’s important to realize that the only thing all of your failed relationships have in common is you. You have that wimp between your legs because you brought him home.
The second reason is that this is what feminists have been telling guys that women wanted for years. They want a guy who’s sensitive, they want a guy who appreciates their strength. Women created guys who do all that** and now they appear unhappy with the results. Well, tough.
The sad, feminist-myth-busting truth is that strong, confident guys are not intimidated by you or your epic lawn-mowing, storm drain-cleaning abilities. How could they be? They haven’t the faintest idea that you exist at all.
* or both.
** Guys who by definition are neither strong nor confident. A strong man is not impressed by your strength, nor a confident one by your confidence. Show me a man attracted by both and I’ll show you a man who possesses neither.

El Borak is an historian by training, an IT Director by vocation, and a writer when the mood strikes him. He lives in rural Kansas with his wife of thirty years, where he works to fix the little things.

9 Comments

  1. I’m not so sure a strong, confident man would be good for her. There’s definitely a gap between expectation and reality in that department. She idealizes a certain type of man but I wouldn’t be surprised if they clash.

    • I agree completely, especially given long-established habits at her age. She’ll want her way because it’s what she’s used to. But she insists that he insist on his way. When they disagree about anything, something has to give.
      If he submits, she’ll despise him as she despises her current catches. If he does not but forces her to, she’ll resent him as a hateful chauvinist pig. If neither submits, there is no togetherness.
      Not the path to long-term happiness, to be sure.

  2. The guys she brings home are fine, she simply has some cartoonish expectations, that’s all. Most men are actually OK, and they’d be a lot better if we shifted our system back to the previous, workable model. Also, she is 54 and is lucky to be getting anything at all. The sense of entitlement never, ever ends.
    BTW, didn’t some cat lady get eaten by her cats a while back?

    • Not all 54 year old women are hags. Some work hard to maintain the standard that we strive for; we might say for ‘health’ reasons, but truly tis for vanity’s sake. Just being honest. As for lucky to be getting anything at all – Well, that’s your blinders-on view of the world. The truth is something very different.

      • @Tibythal Tines
        I didn’t mean to be crude regarding women in that age range, and yes; many do look good. I have dabbled a bit in such women myself, and they mostly felt quite lucky to be getting anything at all and were ecstatic over a much younger man. The point is that at that stage in a woman’s life she has no business expecting some 25 year old billionaire to come into her life.

  3. The only bright spot here is S&C’s inability to conceal her pride and selfishness. She’s expressing these vices anonymously in writing, but in person they will be evident in her eyes, her tone of voice, and all the other “tells” that seasoned, single men recognize as marks of a toxic woman to be avoided. This is assuming that she’s not already sexually invisible to them due to her advancing age.

  4. The Wall does not bargain. The Wall does not care.
    The Wall is unstoppable.
    As soon as women admit that they have an expiration date for being marriage material, then priorites can shift to what has been important for relationships to work. Hint: it’s not being a “strong and confident” woman.

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