I'm glad you phrased it that way; "men have been taught". It implies the illusion that lies at the heart of the matter, because the concept is entirely BS.
Work a job, like a bouncer, where by default you become the authority figure. Women will throw themselves at you. In droves. I worked with guys who looked like gorillas and never said more than two words to anybody in the club, and they still had one or two cuties hitting on them a month. Guys who drifted close to average could count on a steady parade of one or two a week -- more, depending on the season. The pretty boys would sometimes have flocks gaggling all around them.
Some women think they choose based on gender prerogative. This is sexist bullshit.
Some men think they choose based on superiority. This is crass egotism.
The human condition is generally too complex to boil down into simple formulas, yet is overestimated entirely when we strive to seek complexity in it. In the end, a broken clock is still right twice a day -- sooner or later we'll all find some example to back our pet theory.
Best to just strive for excellence of mind, body, and spirit, seek to be genuine, and enjoy what we have, while we have it, in my opinion. The rest isn't worth fretting about.
Fathers tend to either a) not know how, or b) don't want their teenage son coming home announcing an impending, unexpected member of the family. I don't blame the guy.
I despise "romantic" nonsense. Part of that package is the innane idea that the man must submit any sense of pride, self-worth, or identity to please the woman, at her whim -- but of course, it would never be stated overtly as being such. From the inane behaviour of the Courts of Romance in the middle ages to modern Hollywood fairy-tales, we see the theme time and again: the best man is a changed man.
This goes hand in hand with what I said about striving to be genuine. If a person has a real core, man or woman, this societal dross washes off them. Otherwise it infects, and helps perpetuate the various cycles of dysfunctional relationships we see permeating our society.
Really? My friends and I did a great deal of talking about women. Save for a couple of us, there was almost no dating action in high school. That changed in my 20's when the girls became women, and more emotionally/intellectually interesting.
I can see that argument. Some of us here are more into weight-lifting than bodybuilding, though. Physique alteration is just a secondary, albeit pleasant, effect.
Depends on the woman. Best not to categorize by gender when it comes to state of mind. The women that have impressed me most have always been more in touch with their physical side, and had little patience for games of romance.
Worrying about transitory things is a zero sum game. There's no winning. Body, mind, and soul, seek a strong core.
You're worrying too much about trivial things when you've got much bigger fish to fry. And deriving some glee from starting flame wars on a message board by slamming the hobby of most of its residents -- the very reason for the board existing in the first place? Why bother? It's a waste of time and energy that only serves to bring further negative feelings into a world already plagued with such distractions.
Unless you simply meant to open philosophical discussions on certain matters, in which case a more polite approach would have been adviseable.