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The funny side of Gender Bias
February 26, 2006
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When I first read this, I was outraged! Then...I couldn't stop laughing.

Girls, would you go to the sixth floor?
Fellas, would you stop at two?

A store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City where women can go to choose any husband they desire from a wide selection. These are the instructions posted at the entrance of the store, which describe how the store operates.

INSTRUCTIONS: You may visit the husband store only once. The Husband Store has a total of six floors. You may choose a husband from your existing floor or you may go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building.

After reading the rules, a woman goes to the Husband Store, very excited about picking her new husband. On the first floor, the sign on the door reads: 1st Floor - These men are employed.

She goes to the second floor; the sign reads: 2nd Floor - These men are gainfully employed and Love children.

She goes to the third floor; the sign reads: 3rd Floor - These men are gainfully employed, love children, and are Extremely Good Looking. “Wow, I’m impressed." she thinks, yet feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads: 4th Floor - These men are gainfully employed, love children, are drop-dead gorgeous and Help with Housework.

"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!" Still, she goes on.
The fifth floor and reads: 5th Floor - These men are gainfully employed, love children, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with housework, and are Romantic.

She is so tempted to stay…but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads: 6th Floor - You are visitor number 34,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at The Husband Store.

When threatened with gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street with the same rules and instructions as the Husbands store.

1st Floor has wives who love making love to their husbands.
2nd Floor has wives who making love to their husbands and can cook.

Floors 3 – 6 have never been visited.

February 26, 2006
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HERE'S A MORE READER FRIENDLY EDITION

When I first read this, I was outraged! Then...I couldn't stop laughing.

Girls, would you go to the sixth floor?

Fellas, would you stop at two?

A store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City where women can go to choose any husband they desire from a wide selection. These are the instructions posted at the entrance of the store, which describe how the store operates.

INSTRUCTIONS: You may visit the husband store only once. The Husband Store has a total of six floors. You may choose a husband from your existing floor or you may go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building. After reading the rules, a woman goes to the Husband Store, very excited about picking her new husband.

On the first floor, the sign on the door reads: 1st Floor - These men are employed.

She goes to the second floor; the sign reads: 2nd Floor - These men are gainfully employed and Love children.

She goes to the third floor; the sign reads: 3rd Floor - These men are gainfully employed, love children, and are Extremely Good Looking. “Wow, I’m impressed." she thinks, yet feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads: 4th Floor - These men are gainfully employed, love children, are drop-dead gorgeous and Help with Housework. "Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!" Still, she goes on.

The fifth floor and reads: 5th Floor - These men are gainfully employed, love children, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with housework, and are Romantic.

She is so tempted to stay…but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads: 6th Floor - You are visitor number 34,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor.

*This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please.*

Thank you for shopping at The Husband Store.

When threatened with gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street with the same rules and instructions as the Husbands store.

1st Floor has wives who love making love to their husbands.

2nd Floor has wives who making love to their husbands and can cook.

Floors 3 – 6 have never been visited.

February 26, 2006
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lmao!!!!!:)
that is darn good joke.

February 28, 2006
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Is simply a joke...or is there some truth buried here?

I know myself well enough to know, that I would be all about the sixth floor.

I couldn't help but wonder, based on the author's implications...is this why some of us are still single?

Are we generally too high maintenence or too difficult to please?

February 28, 2006
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except for my temporary insanity and wanting to hang on to somebody. normally i am very independent. i dont normally expect much from anybody. 🙂

February 28, 2006
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youngin-i am so excited about the chance to live in dallas for awhile. i need the change. i didn't expect it to all come together today. maybe it is meant to be!!!!!:)

February 28, 2006
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Y&R,

Hi again. I think the story is hilarious, but then I have an oddball sense of humor. Thanks for posting it.

IMO, all the story signifies is that women care more about relationships and so more carefully pay attention to all the details. Guys seem to leave it to the woman to tend to the details. And then they make up stories like this, perhaps not meaning much by them, but then women read them and think they did something truly awful to deserve these stories.

Aren't you worrying over it?

Again, it really shows how wonderful women are to care so much, and how much they worry that they aren't doing enough. God love them!

In real life, I imagine most women would, when they got to floor 1, mosey around and try out the merchandise, so to speak. If they didn't find somebody suitable, they'd move on to floor 2, and repeat the process until they found somebody they liked. Or maybe they'd start at floor 2, or 3, but most would stop well before the sixth floor.

However, one part about the Wives' Store needs correcting. All the guys would stop at floor 1. Hey, if the woman loves to make love, everything else is frosting on the cake. The way to a man's heart is not through his stomach, but is a few inches below that. :o)

I ended up writing a novel. Why can I never make short posts like everybody else? :o(

Seek

February 28, 2006
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Y&R,

Only six floors hey? Let's see, knowing what I have in mind and what is worthy of me; I'd stop at all floors to "shop" the merchandise to make sure what I had in mind.

Then I'd head for the Penthouse!

Juuuuuussst playing!

And from what I've learned and read, many men would do the same and leave the shop, because they would want more than the second floor merchandise.

Call me a romantic, but there ARE great men and women out there. We just have to learn how to be that top quality person and to find top quality for ourselves. I beleive it is possible.

IMHO, Sew

February 28, 2006
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Excuse me, Seeker, think I reiterated what you wrote. Just adding my opinion. But, I so agree with you.

Sew

February 28, 2006
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Hey Seek,

LOL odd or not, I like your sense of humor.

You said: "IMO, all the story signifies is that women care more about relationships and so more carefully pay attention to all the details."

Cool response. You seem to have such a rose-colored view of women; that's very nice.

By, "carefully pay attention to all the details" you meant that wonderful list of goodies which ascends from floor to floor, such as: a love for children, helping out with the housework and being drop dead gorgeous?

If so, I have to admit, I saw things an entirely different way.

The woman was "impressed" at Floor 3 and "could hardley stand it" at Floor 4...So, why DID she feel compelled to keep going? Attention to detail? Greed?

I know you think that in real life women would stop long before Floor 6, but I'm not so sure, Seek. With the promise that the merchandise keeps on getting better, I would really want to know what's up there.

"Guys seem to leave it to the woman to tend to the details. And then they make up stories like this..."

Ahhhh! You assume it was written by a guy. Very interesting! I don't know for certain but, my guess is, there's a 50% chance.

Thanks for being concerned...I do hope no one feels badly as a result of reading.

It don't feel badly when reading, as much as I feel curious about what I would do in that situation.

Hummmm.

February 28, 2006
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Hi Sew,

You're a romantic!

The Penthouse? I like it! I'm with you girl; If driven by nothing more than curiosity, were the place real, I would need to see ALL the merchandise before making an informed decision.

Everywhere else, that would make me a good consumer. In the husband store, apparently, it would make me number 34,456,014. Bummer!

You disagree with the author and think men would go to to top floor as well. Interesting Point! You do realize that with that one sentence, you completly dismantel the author's entire argument.

Great work Sew, I like the way you think!!!

February 28, 2006
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Gup,

On being independent,I think that great for you!

Someone once said to me, "those who travel lightly in relationships tend to make the best partners." How true that was then and now.

I'm not saying I've mastered it.

I'm just saying, it was an awesome piece of advice to aspire to.

I hope Dallas works out well for you.

February 28, 2006
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seeker-stop apologizing for what u write. u r a joy to hear from. i enjoy your posts as much as y & R . you got it going on..........:0 looks like u are just being u and that is GREAT!!! (whats wrong with that?) have a good day!!

February 28, 2006
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y-i'm sure u can't tell by my most recent posts to someone else on here, but i normally stand on my own, and spend most of my time shrugging people off of me!;) soooo i fell down for awhile. i'm human like everybody else. (maybe he's not too traumatized by it all):) but i am done with that and setting myself free from it all as of this minute. wa la!!

the dallas trip is to be a private rehab nurse. for two weeks. maybe longer. i'm honored that these people put so much trust in me. and tex. is my home state, so i will be home for a little while. and when i am not working, look out malls. look out restaraunts, look out book stores....ha ha

February 28, 2006
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oh, just to throw a kink in your story. after six years tomorrow of no sex. let me see, if i come up on a guy who wants to make love and can cook, i'd be through!!!!! 😉

February 28, 2006
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LOL, With those meager qualifications you don't even need the first floor Gup-you could just hang out in the lobby. OR, perhaps there is a bargan basement?

Hopefully not. I'm wouldn't want to get a pair of jeans from the bargan basements...let alone a husband.

Six yeers of celibacy?

What dicipline you have!

It's been about a third of that for me...

I hope SEX is not a use it or loose it skill set...

I hope it's more like, riding a bike-something you never forget.

March 1, 2006
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Y&R,

{I hope SEX is not a use it or loose it skill set...

I hope it's more like, riding a bike-something you never forget. }

My friend, I assure you it's even better than being like a bike. It's more like playing an instrument. After practicing consistently for months, you take a break, and then find you can play better than you ever did before.

Even if it wasn't so, it sure will be a lot of fun re-learning those skills!

Seek

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"My friend, I assure you it's even better than being like a bike. It's more like playing an instrument. After practicing consistently for months, you take a break, and then find you can play better than you ever did before."

I sooo hope that's true. Becuase, if I remember correctly, I'm a pretty talented musician.

What would you say to those who say that practice makes perfect?

March 3, 2006
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Y&R,

{I sooo hope that's true. Becuase, if I remember correctly, I'm a pretty talented musician.}

LOL!

{What would you say to those who say that practice makes perfect?}

I'd quote them from the Sermon on the Mount: "Be ye therefore perfect" and tell them we'd better get practicing (when the time is right, of course)!

Seek

March 3, 2006
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Well, the joke may have a germ of truth in it, but I think it is really about 'popular perception" of women's vs men's mate selection criteria. In other words, it is a joke, and it says more about the joke-writer than about men and women.

For example, the description of the new husband store had really nothing about the sexual capacity or skill of men. By the 3rd floor, looks are mentioned, but there is nothing per- se about sex.

It is almost as if the author is saying...either women do not care about sex, or MAYBE, they assume that if all of the other things are there, then love is there, and good sex will also be there. Maybe there is even an assumption there about the nature of men--if you get a man you will have lots of good sex because that's just how men are.

You dont have to hang around this board a very long time to know that none of those things are true.

Let's look at the New Wife store. Ground floor is women who love to "make love" with their husbands. That is a comment about the psychology of men. For men, a woman who is not enthusiastic about lovemaking, or better yet, enthusiastic about sex and also about lovemaking, is a deal-breaker at the ground floor.

Compare that to the first floor of the New Husband Store: "Employed."

I think about my recent research into the content of printed (vs online) personal ads. It seems like the men most often say they are seeking a woman who is "HWP," while the women say they want a man who is 1) Financially secure and 2) Tall.

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WD....your analysis was quite interesting. I, on the other hand, just read the darn joke and laughed. And decided I probably would have read the sign, "Husband Store" and run hysterically in the opposite direction.

March 4, 2006
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WD,

Very good analysis ... you always do that, no surprise this time.

The survey intrigued me. By the way, what does "HWP" mean? I've never heard of it. But only if it'd be appropriate to tell it.

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Hi WD,

I agree. The joke is about crude and overly simplified distinctions between male and female mate search criteria.

Being equally offensive, I couldn’t decide if the joke gives women or men a worse wrap; The author proposes that women are never satisfied and that it only takes one or two (but mostly one) thing to satisfy a man…This does say a lot about the author, but since I’ve heard his/her/their views repetitively echoed in popular opinion (as you noted)...what does it say about the populars?

There isn’t much stated about skill or sexual capacity of men in the husbands store, is there? "Gainfully employmed" might suggest a skill set, but the subject of sex does remain largely unexplored. However, I don’t find this strange… I think the omission illustrates the idea that women tend to view closeness and intimacy (love) as prerequisites for memorable sex; while men tend to understand how to distinguish sex and love (clearly there are exceptions to every rule).

I do wonder how differences in sexual motivation, between the sexes, might affect the “wedding night” scenario of a match made at the husbands’ store. Ideally, the wedding night is a night for consumation. But, husbands and wives from the husband store would be strangers...Perhaps management should put a slim to none addendum in the paperwork: Chances of Actual Wedding Night Consumation: Slim to None-Clearly, Results May Vary.

What is HWP

Financially secure and tall? I think that’s a nice start...

What are his core beliefs? What drives him? Where does family rank in his hierarchy of values? Does he have a heart for helping people in need? Is his world like gold to him? What is his relationship like with his mother?

All things I would want to know.

March 6, 2006
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Seek,

ROFL you’re so funny!

I couldn't stop laughing.

That's a very functional approach.

When the right time comes, it could be a REAL sense of inspiration for a girl who cares about duty and responsibility.

LOL You crack me up!

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Ready,

I glad you laughed.

I gather that you're NOT in the market for a husband, at least not one from the husbands' store.

As I'm learning, the operation is not all it's cracked up to be. There would be lots of disadvantages on both sides. Think about the interesting power dynamic of a match made at the husbands' store. It would lean towards the the purchaser, right, because the customer is always right.

That creates all kinds of potential problems.

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