Men, show your love this Valentine’s Day by looking foolish

(As I mentioned Friday, I’m a guest at The Sisterwives today, where I’ve been asked to provide a man’s perspective on Valentine’s Day because — not to brag — but I’ve been called “a master of romance.” Or so I’ve been told while standing in front of my mirror…)

image Since the dawn of time, man has feared Valentine’s Day. I’m a journalist, so you can trust my facts on this. And because I’m a man, you can also trust me when I tell you our fear isn’t because we don’t want to express feelings of love and romance; it’s because we are afraid of looking stupid while doing so.

This fear has been documented as far back as prehistoric times, in a pair of cave drawings paleontologists say depicts a caveman named “Glork” trying to court a cavewoman.

Image one: To demonstrate his masculinity and win a cavewoman’s affections, Glork fights a saber-toothed lion

Image two: Glork is eaten

Millions of years later, though the risk of being eaten by a large predator is relatively low (not counting cougar attacks), men still fear that their attempt to express love could lead to a fate worse than death: Embarrassment. (continue reading at Sisterwives!)

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

17 thoughts on “Men, show your love this Valentine’s Day by looking foolish”

  1. Great post, Ned. I’ve linked it to The Write Stuff, and tweeted it, as well. No one should miss it, especially those of the male persuasion. BTW, Valentine’s Day is our 29th wedding anniversary! Well, not yours and mine, of course. That’s just silly. 😀 But my husband, Mark, and I have somehow managed to find ourselves still stuck with each other for all this time. Amazing, especially considering neither of us is easy to live with. I guess that means it’s true love. 😉

  2. You’re right of course, men do all kinds of foolish things especially if it will get them sex or permission to watch a football game while your wife slaves away in the other room! Men just need to allow themselves the permission to CONTINUE doing foolish things when it comes to showing a woman how much you love her!

No one is watching, I swear...

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