Though it ended up being the title of his book, the question “What Do Women Want From Men?” (Blue Dolphin Press, 224 pages, $13 paperback) actually started out as a means for New Mexico author Dan True to discover what went wrong with his marriage. He ended up asking 100 women 110 questions concerning every aspect of man-woman relations from money to sex. Examples include:
“Does any special trait turn you on when you see a man?”
“How late is tardy for a date with you?”
“Which is more important to you, a man’s present earning capacity or his future earning capacity?”
The result of his research? “Now, since 100 women have increased my understanding of the female mind, I have more confidence in my ability to select a partner more intelligently,” True writes. “Interviewing 100 women was an `a-ha’ experience.”
He doesn’t mention, though, whether the information has helped him get any dates.
Mom, meet your son: Michael Gurian, who writes a biweekly men’s issues column for The Spokesman-Review, will teach a six-week course on “The Mother-Son Relationship” that begins Tuesday, April 18. Each class is two hours long.
Gurian plans to aid “mothers, men and their lovers to delve safely and with depth into the often hidden web of mother-son relationships.”
The class is sponsored by INMEN, Alternatives to Domestic Violence and the St. Joseph Counseling Center and costs $55 ($65 after April 4). Group rates are available.
For further information, call 624-1436.
Heading for the woods: One of the cliches of the men’s movement, a notion that has been used to belittle said movement, has been the art of creating modern warriors.
Now is your chance to find out exactly what is meant by the term. A New Warrior Training Adventure Weekend will be held in Portland next weekend, Feb. 10-12. The intent, according to a press release, is “to develop mission and leadership.”
For a brochure and other information, including price, call (503) 795-9453.
Melding genders: A one-day Essential Peacemaking workshop will be held Saturday. Facilitators will be Don and Magdalena McCloskey. For more information, call 327-1770.
What’s in a name: “Both the woman’s personal name Madeleine (since 1320) and the adjective maudlin (since 1607), meaning tearfully, weakly emotional or effusively sentimental, derive from Mary Magdalene, the name of the penitent one-time harlot of the New Testament.” - From “Woman’s Words: A Dictionary of Words About Women,” by Jane Mills.
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