Why Men Marry Bitches: A Woman's Guide to Winning Her Man's Heart Paperback – Jun 12 2006
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As in her previous book, Why Men Love Bitches, Argov does not use the word "bitch" in a pejorative way, but rather "to describe a strong woman who has her own identity and is secure with who she is." And while encouraging women to be strong, independent and inscrutable is sound advice, the motivation behind this advice-to keep his interest-makes for a headache-inspiring contradiction. Fortunately, Argov takes readers step-by-step through her process, including numerous "Relationship Principles" that keeps her concepts clear ("Relationship Principle 35: Men are intrigued by anything they do not completely control."). Though the generalizations Argov uses to describe her pre-bitch audience can at times be condescending, and her goals are more about acting-rather than believing-that you don't need a man to feel complete, the behavior she encourages is healthy and useful, even outside the realm of husband-hunting. Taken more as a Bitch's Guide to Life-the word "relationship," after all, doesn't necessarily imply romance-this is a solid self-help.
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"We're talking about having so much self-respect Aretha Franklin would high-five you."
-- Los Angeles Times
"Sherry Argov encourages women who feel like doormats to develop a sense of independence."
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Her previous book -Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship is my favorite and most highly recommended book for women on dealing with men. Keeping us men on our toes. Giving us women that we find challenging, and interesting, and do not take for granted.
Now onto WMMB. Men will test you, just as women test men. These tests serve a purpose. How you respond dictates the nature of the relationship, and whether get respected as the dreamgirl, or treated as a doormat. You teach people how to treat you. Sherry teaches you how to pass these tests.
WMMB entertains, as you might expect from a standup comic. I had to put the book down several times to laugh. Most of her advice is gleaned from many interviews with men, and their experiences with women, and they tell it like it is, what made them decide to marry one person and pass on another. Really, it is our secret playbook. In fact, I got great ideas from this book. So, I recommend this book to men too.
For men, marriage is the biggest financial and emotional decision of our life. If a man makes the wrong decision, and chooses the wrong woman, the financial and emotional consequences are dire.
The right decision, gains him the benefits of an excellent partner and children and opportunities for adventure and bliss, and will inspire and propel him to far greater achievements than would otherwise be possible. Imagine how attractive being independent, emotionally secure, confident, and already fulfilled can make you, and how not being needy or dependent on him for your emotional well being could make you a compelling candidate for marriage.Read more ›
As I went through the books and read each principal, it was like a light going on for me. I didn't agree with each and every one, (some of them grated pretty hard, in fact) but the message that I was worth something and that in order to be treated like that by a man (or anyone in general), I had to learn how to ACT like that. I took the advice to heart and started acting like it - it took a lot of practice, but I did it anyways.
Then a funny thing happened - It became natural. And what's interesting about the book is that it can be applied to more than just "men" and "marriage". Those principals work elsewhere. Want a male boss/friend/relative etc. to take you more seriously or treat you with more respect? You can apply several of the principals from this book to those situations as well. (I don't have the book on me at the moment, so I can't provide a list, but I assure you, with some thinking, you can figure out which ones they are on your own)
Before, when I picked up the first book, I had been looking for how to make an ex-boyfriend want me back "forever". By the end of the second one, I realized that I didn't need this ex-boyfriend. Heck, I realized that if I took the book's advice to heart and made myself happy, I wouldn't even need another boyfriend if it came down to it, let alone marriage. I ended up with another boyfriend, who treats me way better than the previous one - because he knows I'm not afraid to tell him to get lost, should I ever feel the need to. But hey, if I ever do want marriage, at least I'll have a nifty guide book.
Argov is a modern day Saint and relationship whisperer !
Best investment I've made in myself to buy and read this book !
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