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Good Girls Don’t Turn That Easily

One of the consistent gripes on the lists of things that annoy men is that women keep trying to change them. Well, put an article in the Jan./Feb. Men’s Health into the it-cuts-both-ways category.

The article - “How to Turn Your Good Girl Bad (Four ways to lay down with an angel and wake up with a devil woman)” - offers these hints for men wanting to do just that: Fire up her self-esteem (Bring flowers. Worship her in public.); broach the subject carefully (portray your fantasies as dreams, ask about her sex dreams, make her think it’s her idea); solidify her sexual trust (be patient, know the magic words, read sex manuals in bed).

Wow. The editors at Men’s Health should only dream it’s that easy.

Strong women playing strong women: Among the top actresses buying their film roles: Demi Moore, who bought the film rights to Axel Madsen’s 1990 bio of fashion legend Coco Chanel; Whitney Houston beat out Janet Jackson, Halle Berry and Angela Bassett for the rights to play movie legend Dorothy Dandridge; Michelle Pfeiffer bought author Jacquelyn Mitchard’s life story and is eyeing the story of Marianne Faithfull; Faye Dunaway is going to court over the rights to the bio of diva Maria Callas; and Salma Hayek beat Madonna to the rights to play Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. (From: February Marie Clarie)

Think about it: Percentage of college men who had sex with others while in an “exclusive” relationship: 42. Percentage of women who prefer a “good heart-to-heart chat” to sex: 42. (From: Jan./Feb. Men’s Health)

What do women want? Some of the qualities women ask for in men, according to the Meeting Place personal ads - good morals and values, Christian, promise-keeper with integrity, respectful, sincere, truthful, fun, good sense of humor, incredibly funny, tall, attractive, handsome, ruggedly handsome, healthy, slim, athletic, dependable, stable, responsible, financially secure, adventurous, active and cultured, traveled, positive, playful, spontaneous, young-thinking, chivalrous, romantic, intelligent, articulate, educated, college-educated, well-educated, confident, down-to-earth, clean-cut, easygoing, considerate, sensitive, caring, emotionally available, nice, all-around good guy.

What do men want in women? Nice, friendly, calm-natured, attractive, trim, sexy, slim, cute, petite, physically fit, curvy with values, intelligent, adventurous, spontaneous, caring, outgoing, independent, emotionally stable, strong morals, sincere, honest, child-free, understanding, affectionate, romantic, a sense of humor, open-minded. What men don’t want: ditto heads or religious zealots.

What do condoms and cleats have in common? Both are effective contraceptives, according to some preliminary research. One study found that girls who are involved in sports are 33 percent less likely to become pregnant. (From: December Self)

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MEMO: Susan English is the Weekend Editor at The Spokesman-Review, contact her by mail at 999 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 99201; by e-mail at or by phone at 459-5488.

Susan English is the Weekend Editor at The Spokesman-Review, contact her by mail at 999 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 99201; by e-mail at or by phone at 459-5488.