Peggy Olson: I know what men think of you: That you’re looking for a husband, and you’re fun. And not in that order.
Joan Holloway: Peggy, this isn’t China. There’s no money in virginity.
I’ll never be one of the guys.
Do I even want to be?
It’s odd though. I hear it from my guy friends all the time. When they think a girl, possibly a friend, or the girlfriend of one of their buddies, is super cool…they say “she’s one of the guys.”
I guess that’s not even remotely close to what I’d want to “be” to any one of them. Or is it? After all, girls who are “one of the guys” never seem to have a problem attracting guys. But still. Here I am, past three decades of life, and I’ve realized…I’ll never be “one of the guys.”
It might be because I don’t have brothers and don’t know how to have a completely, 100% platonic friendship with a guy. Ok, that’s huge. And maybe something that’s a better topic to share with a close friend or a therapist. But I dunno. It’s weird when every guy you ever meet is a potential boyfriend, husband, lover. I’ve never really known any that couldn’t be. Besides male relatives of course. But, I haven’t hung out with them enough to perfect the art.
Though I look at Joan Holloway…Joanie to Richard [Sterling]…you know, from Mad Men? Now, if I were into girls…she’d be my #1 crush. She’s sexy hot, curvy, feminine, but she dishes it out…just like the men. She’s the only girl in the boardroom. Seriously…even Peggy only goes in when she’s making a pitch to a client. She’s not afraid of speaking her mind. She knows how to put people in their place…matter of factly. Perhaps I watch a lot of Mad Men…it’s true. I’m obsessed with their 1960s’ complexities. How women are only secretaries. Yet even in this world, I call places and people assume I’m the secretary. Still!
But if I could be a Joan…I’d be thrilled. That’s not to say she’s got it all figured out. She obviously married the wrong guy. Well, he was the first good one to ask. She makes mistakes, falls back in to old habits, but never truly exposes her vulnerabilities. Is that what makes her the type of guyish girl I’d want to be? Because I relate?
But Joan…she relates to Marilyn Monroe. I mean, remember when she was laying on Roger’s couch, dabbing her eyes? Roger had to assure her that she wouldn’t end up alone and in despair…like Marilyn had. Yes. Like Marilyn had. Marilyn…one of the sexiest, most feminine, admired women of our pop culture history. She’d ended up alone, and in despair.
Yet what did Joan want most out of life? To be a well-off housewife. The ultimate goal of her existence. And she was pained to think she could possibly be bored, lonely, and miserable as one. Is that the sad fate of a femme fatale? Someone sassy and bold…who never stops being a woman? Does she end up bored, lonely…in misery?
But I’m not even close to being as strong as Joan. Unlike her, I have a way of looking at guys, with these puppy dog eyes, a way that makes them feel like they’re more to me than they really are. It’s not intentional. But it’s real. A guy once told me, “Don’t look at me with those eyes…” and I thought “What eyes?” No really. He was accusing me of flirting with my eyes. I wasn’t. Honestly. I didn’t have feelings for him. Though, I have to admit, the first time we met, I thought maybe I could. How telling….
Let’s break it down…I read chick lit. I smell like vanilla. I don’t wear baseball caps. I don’t give “thumbs ups”. I’m scared of the dumbest things. I have a way of whining, that only girls can perfect. I am sensitive. Emotional. I cry…not enough, but I do. I like having colorful fingernails, long hair, carrying clutches and wearing cute earrings. I don’t watch sports. And I don’t really care about them (unless a boy I like does).
I’m educated, independent, and successful. Yet, I’m not a feminist.
But let’s explore some more. I’m dramatic. “Boys” aren’t. I try too hard. “Guys” don’t. I’m not elusive. And if, for some reason, I’m hard to pin down…it’s probably cuz I’m holding out. I don’t drink like a fish. No, seriously. One or two drinks and I’m good. Better than good. I seem high maintenance…(I’m totally not…but I’m perceived that way….). Apparently, guys don’t like that. I seem like I’d get grossed out easily…but I don’t. I swear.
So what is it that makes a girl “one of the guys” and that makes me the girl who can’t be there “without being there”…? I stand out…as a girl? I speak up…like a girl? It also doesn’t help that have the voice of a little girl.
But it’s important to note that I lose all my wit and intelligence around boys [I like]. I get flustered. Really. I forget how astute, calculated, and bright I can be. Bottom line, I stop acting like myself. And that makes me a girl. A girly girl. A girl’s girl.
My bestie once told a guy I was dating that he was a girl’s man. Ya know…the opposite of a man’s man. Sure he smoked cigars, drank stiff cocktails, and wore suits every day. But he opened doors, ordered for me at restaurants, served me off communal plates, walked on the traffic side of the street, didn’t care a lick about athletics, and enjoyed drama. Maybe that’s why I liked him. The way manly men like girls who are “one of the guys.”
And that’s ok. Like Katy Perry said…”I wanna be one of the girls…pretty in pearls, and not one of the boys.”
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