Battle of the Sexes: Commentary

All right, guys, listen up. • If you say you’re going to call, call. Don’t make up excuses, and if you do have an excuse, it better be an amazing one.• Don’t cheat. Whether you want to believe it or not, most of the time, you will get caught. Just save you and your girlfriend the trouble and be loyal- it shouldn’t be that difficult.• Listen. Be willing to listen to your girlfriend’s problems and hear what she has to say. If she says that she needs to talk to you, be polite, be a man and sit down and listen to her feelings. I’m not saying you can’t have your opinions too; you should, and that should be mutual. But here’s the mistake that most guys make: don’t just pretend to listen. It’s honestly pretty easy to tell when you’re really listening or when you’re just trying to placate your girlfriend.• Don’t lie. Translation? Be honest, brutally honest, if necessary. You may get away with it for the first few times, but after a while, she’ll start to notice little quirks. Save yourself the bickering and the accusations; just tell the truth, even if it hurts.• Don’t hit. It’s one thing if you’re playing around, but even that can get to be a little extreme. However, if a girl comes at you with an intention to do harm, then you have every right to protect yourself.• Don’t say “I love you” unless you really mean it. In addition, show that you love her. Do something nice for her every now and then, even if it’s not a special occasion.• Be patient. Last but not least, girls have raging hormones and can be sweet one minute and basket cases the next. Don’t be afraid to show emotion, whether it’s anger or tears, and be supportive. Show her respect and expect for her to respect you in return.

Ladies?• Cut down on the drama. Life is not a soap opera, so don’t make problems bigger than they need to be, the entire world doesn’t need to know. Sometimes (most of the time), privacy can be a very good thing.• Don’t think that just because you’re a girl that your boyfriend has no right to defend himself if you attack him. We wanted equality, right? Well, here it is. Based on the rules of equality, if you attack a man without a valid excuse, then he has every reason to defend himself, even if that means a slap to the face.• Listen. Both males and females are guilty of it. Realize that your significant other has problems and needs as well. Be willing to listen and let him do the talking every once in a while.• Do not cheat. There is no excuse for it. This includes flirting. If you are in a relationship, you have no need to fling yourself on other guys.• Don’t lie. Yes, women catch their boyfriends in lies, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t catch you, too. You don’t have anything if you don’t have trust.• Respect everyone. Gossip is not an attractive quality. If you can’t back it up with proof, then you don’t need to talk about it.• Don’t say “I love you” unless you really mean it. Do something nice for the one you care about, even if it isn’t a special occasion. • Control yourself. Raging hormones are not a valid excuse each and every time you pitch a hissy fit. All women have mood swings, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t try and develop a little self control. Be cautious of what you say and how you act.