What does this over used term really mean?
It certainly means different things to different people.
So we break it down for you one by one.
Average Joe: Having a girlfriend makes him legitimate. Even if he fights it, he loves being committed and needed. And mothers with small children no longer cross the street when he's coming. But if he's not careful to hide all his collectibles, he'll be back at mom's house before he knows it.
Girls: The term girlfriend is one of affection. Generally. Like, "What's up girlfriend?" Or even more colloquial, "What up girlfriend?" Of course we've also heard it used in a threatening way like, "You better back up, girlfriend!" OK, we have no idea what it means. We're just GUYS!
Gay Guy: We consulted with some of our GUYS from this community. Are you surprised? Yes, this is The Guy's Perspective. We're definitely all inclusive. Anyway, the term girlfriend would be a term used for the GUY who might be the physically less dominant in the relationship. Thus the word girlfriend. Well, that's pretty clear.
Hugh Hefner: Before we begin, we need to say that every GUY on the planet is jealous of this GUY.
Do we agree with all his practices and would we have made the same choices? Maybe, maybe not. But talk about a vision and singular purpose. The GUY started a magazine and an empire so he could have lots of Girlfriends. And he's done it successfully for 60 yrs! The singular girlfriend is a word Mr. Hefner is not familiar with. It would be the plural form, Girlfriends, that he knows so well. His girlfriends consist of two to three "girls" who happen to be many years his junior. These girls usually stick around for a year or so, and then POOF! They're gone. They move on happily, so it seems. And then within days these girls are magically replaced by another set of lovely young ladies. And no one knows what really goes on behind closed doors. So we're left to our own imagination. Yuck!
Bad Boys: Yes, we know you ladies love them. And even some of you GUYS. But they don't even know you exist. They do their own thing, and you're welcome to follow them around. C'mon, enough already!!
Middle Schoolers: When young guys in middle school tell their friends they have a girlfriend it could mean almost anything. Their girlfriend could be someone they smiled at in the hallway going from class to class, or someone they've been texting for a week or so. Nine out of ten times these "Guys" have never actually been out with their "girlfriends" and definitely NOT alone. If you've ever seen the difference between a fourteen year old boy and fourteen year old girl, you know why. These young women just remind these boys of what lies ahead. And for most, sorrow and angst.
Even younger Guys: When an elementary school boy says he has a girlfriend it means he's found someone he can throw rocks at. Or throw anything at. You can see we've come a long way since the caveman, because in essence elementary school boys are just like cavemen. The more they like the girl the harder they throw. Now that's just kind of sick. But it somehow makes sense to us.
And finally, THE GUYS PERSPECTIVE: This is silly. When we say we have a girlfriend, we mean it.
Ladies, be aware: If you have to ask yourself whether he's your boyfriend, chances are, he's not.
Gals/ladies/women: Leave your definition of The Boyfriend. We'll be posting our five favorites the week of August 10th.
Other Guys/men: Leave us your definition of The Girlfriend. We'll be posting our five favorites the week of August 10th.
Stick to the theme. And NO PROFANITY PLEASE!!!
Enjoy Your Weekend!
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THE SEWING CIRCLE: Bill, Joe and Aubrey (and maybe Scott) hang, and talk about their feelings.