Volume 93, Issue 44

Wednesday, November 17, 1999


What's love but a second hand emotion?

Hurrahs and boo for the two-sided campus

What's love but a second hand emotion?

To the Editor:

In the political midst of controversial topics that currently engulf our school, I write in on the most basic and yet debated topics of all time – love.

I have recently witnessed a friend of mine losing his girlfriend of two years. What happened? Nothing. Their relationship was as stable and enviable as it gets. The problem was he treated her too well.

Now, I know what I'm about to say will offend many female readers, especially feminists, but it must be said. Most girls, especially at the college age level, don't want "Mr. Nice Guy." They want the leather jacket, "badass" rebel their parents would disown them over.

My poor friend treated his girlfriend like gold. He's smart, good-looking (a model) and one of the nicest and most respectful people I've ever met. His friends call him "Romeo" because of his good nature.

Six of my other "involved" friends treat their girls like crap. Cheating on them, telling them to shut up, you name it. And guess what? Their girlfriends love them as if they were kings. I know many girls may write in claiming that this is completely false and I wish it was, but the sad thing is that it couldn't be more true.

If you want to hold on to your girls, treat them like crap because they'll only want you if they think you don't need them. Sorry to be so pessimistic, but that's the bottom line.

As for the women, live with your decisions. I'm sick of hearing girls pawn their sad relationship stories off as if they're the poor victim. If you pick up a snake and the snake bites you, don't go crying to everyone about it. Half the women out there who are complaining about abuse, men cheating, etc., are the same women who brushed off the man who made them dinner or opened the car door for them.

And feminists wonder why men can be such jerks sometimes? We're not born that way. We're conditioned by experience. If you want to be treated well, try giving Mr. Nice Guy a chance.

Unfortunately, it's too late for my good friend "Romeo." Shakespeare's famous line should have read, "Where for art thou JULIET?" Hang in there buddy.

Michael Smith
Social Science II

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