Students share opinions on characteristics of the opposite sex
We may not always get along, but we are two halves of the same whole.
When asked about what’s the first thing that comes to mind when he thinks of the opposite sex, Flint freshman Chase Edwards said a good personality, pretty faces, and expensive things.
“I admire some women’s personalities because they’re very chill people,” Edwards said. “They’re not extra loud. They’re not really obnoxious. Some women are just calm and that’s what I like about them. Just calm patient women.”
On the other hand, some women just like men who can make them laugh and feel relaxed.
“I like how laid back guys are,” Romeo sophomore Sarah Phillips said. “They’re easy to be around, easy to hang out with, you don’t have to worry about what they’re going to say about you in the next five minutes after you leave.”
Though women and men are the same species, it sometimes feels as if they came from a different planet.
Brooklyn sophomore Ryan Campbell said some guys find annoying about girls is drama. Edwards agrees and feels many women can be arrogant.
“I really don’t like arrogant women because they’re worst than arrogant men,” Edwards said. “They really think a lot of the time that they’re just prettier and better than everyone else. I’ve had a whole lot of run-ins with women who think they’re better than everyone else and they can be the ugliest thing on earth.”
Likewise, some women are easily annoyed by arrogant men.
“Cocky, how cocky they can be,” Sparta sophomore Courtney Marble said. “I want them to be nice, I don’t want them to be like ‘I’m just so awesome, I’m going to get all the girls.’”
Though women are looked upon as more vulnerable, Edwards disagrees men are just as vulnerable as well.
“There really is no vulnerability that a woman doesn’t know about a man,” Edwards said. “When someone ask me for something and I have to tell them ‘no’ and they give me the eyes and be like please … it’s hard to say no.”
Some girls become vulnerable with guys in a relationship because their biggest fear is that they’ll leave them.
“Maybe that they’ll just not be there,” Phillips said. “That you’ll get abandoned by someone you really trust.”
Though both genders may be alike in several ways, the differences definitely stand out. There are things that men feel women can do better and things that men are better at.
“Emotional stuff, knowing their emotional feelings and taking to people, communicating with people,” Allendale sophomore Allen Smith said.
On the opposite side, Grayling sophomore Ann Hamlin said guys are better at “winning someone over a little better” after doing something wrong.
Throughout all the differences, what do girls love about guys and vice versa?
“Having someone always there and that you know you can turn to for everything and they’ll love you just the way you are,” Marble said. “They’ll accept you the way you are.”
For men, some prefer brains to beauty.
“I think brains, (being) smart,” Campbell said. “You can go anywhere with brains but good looks will only get you so far.”
As time progress, some people feel as if the other genders have changed. Phillips feels men are more generous compared to a long time ago.
“When I moved in, some guys on the floor actually helped me and my mom carry this big couch up,” Phillips said. “I was totally surprised because I felt like guys these days would never be willing to offer help.”
Overall, both sexes feel as if they need each other and it would be impossible to survive on the world without someone from the opposite gender.
“A man needs support, comfort, and caring,” Edwards said. “These things can only really be given by a woman and a woman needs confidence, someone to build her up, encourage her, take care of her, and in the end, only a man can provide that. Overall, we are two peas of the pods of each others’ lives.”
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