A Girl’s Guide To Women
I don’t know how many of you have seen, or even heard about, HBO’s brilliant new drama, Girls (currently causing major buzz in the States, arriving here in September) but, essentially, it’s the anti-Sex and the City; a comedy about four 20-something women living in New York and struggling with jobs, boyfriends and the rest of it. It’s the closest a TV show has come to depicting the distinct personalities of different women – good, bad and ugly. Whilst it would be impossible and insulting to claim all women fall into categories, there are, and I’m sure fellow females would agree, a few similar characters you will all encounter at some point.
I’m definitely a Girl’s Girl. I clapped when Ross and Rachel finally kissed, I have a pink iPod case and work on a women’s magazine. But I also banter with my male friends, play pool and love The Who. Note: The GG is not ‘girlie’, a derogatory term which brings to mind braided hair and a My Little Pony lunchbox (although, I totally had one of those. But, crucially: when I was 8. Not 28).
Most likely to say: “Amaze.”
Least likely to say: “Wow. It’s pretty incredible that Chelsea managed to conquer Barcelona at the Nou Camp. And without talismanic skipper, John Terry, too.”
Impress her by: Being nice to her friends. Ask them questions and buy them drinks.
Most women I know are extremely ambitious, independent and hard-working. From my experience, many men find this impossibly attractive. There are some women, however, who put their career so far beyond their personal life that, whilst they’re incredibly successful, boyfriends tend to fall at the wayside. Be prepared to come second, at least for the time-being.
Spends weekends: In the office.
Least likely to say: “I’ve been planning my dream wedding since I was tiny.”
Impress her by: Talking passionately, but not arrogantly, about your job.
The Domestic Goddess
As my friends and I edge closer to 30, there’s inevitably more talk of ‘the future’, but one friend in particular has had babies and boyfriends on the brain for years. She’s naturally maternal, selfless and can cook anything. In short, total wife-and-mother-material. She’s looking for a man who is kind, gentle, likes dogs and abides cats.
Spends weekends: At the farmer’s market
Wouldn’t be seen dead in: A City bar
Impress her by: A date at a quaint pub; the kind that makes its own cider.
A colleague sheepishly admitted recently that she started a row with her boyfriend for no reason. “I just wanted some drama.” We all nodded in agreement. Women often do this and it’s probably happened to you. Don’t worry about it. These tiffs are actually pretty funny. When things kick off all the time, that’s your cue to leave.
Spends weekends: In a packed bar, tweeting about conversations as they happen
Most likely say: “It literally was the worst thing EVER”
Impress her by: Telling her when she’s being ridiculous. Drama Queens like men who can hold their own.
You know the one. She only hangs around with men, claiming women “don’t really like her” when in fact they’re just irked that she flirts with their boyfriends and makes no effort whatsoever at female bonding. She’s sharp, funny and can sum up the offside rule in one sentence. But — and this is a monumental but — be wary of a girl that has no girlfriends.
Spends weekends: Down the pub
Wouldn’t be seen dead in: A hen party
Impress her by: Quips, banter and Rocky quotes. She likes a cheeky, cocky Alpha Male.
And to quote my favourite ever line from Sex and the City; “I’m not being a bitch, I’m just being myself.” Never was there a more telling summary of modern woman.