Why Do Women…15 Questions Men Have About Us And My Answers

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling, Love Essentially columnist and author

“Why do women get their nails done?” a guy friend recently asked me. After I answered the question, I asked him, along with some other male friends what they wanted to know about women. Here are 15 questions, along with my answers.

Men Ask Their Questions About Women, Get Some Answers by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Last week, I called my friend to tell him I was going to be a few minutes late for our meeting because I wanted to squeeze in a manicure since it was the day before Thanksgiving.

“Why do women get their nails done?” he asked. “I never understood that.”

That’s when it hit me. Sometimes, men just don’t get us.


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To answer my friend’s question, having manicured nails can make some women feel good about themselves. It can make a woman feel pretty and feminine. Those feelings can in turn cultivate confidence and poise in someone’s attitude and demeanor.

His question got me thinking, “What else do men wonder about when it comes to women?” So I asked him, along with a bunch of other men I know. Here are 15 of their questions, followed by my answers.

1. Why do women get dressed up to go out with each other?

Women often have a deep respect for other women. So, when we make plans to have lunch or drinks or coffee with one or more of them, we probably want to look nice for them. Not only do I care what other women think, but I want to feel confident and self-assured, and that starts with physical appearance. I personally wouldn’t feel that great wearing yoga pants and a ponytail to a bar.

2. Why can’t women get along with other women in their office?

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Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorce is a journey. Live it with grace, courage and gratitude. Peace and joy are on the way! Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

2 Responses to “Why Do Women…15 Questions Men Have About Us And My Answers”

  1. Bruce Bajer

    Hello Jackie, I enjoy reading your Love Essentially column, in but today’s 15 Questions column I have to call you out on the last question. When it comes to dining out, my girlfriend and I will go through the same ritual every time. I will ask where she would like to go, and she says “I don’t care, you pick”, then she proceeds to shoot down every place I suggest, the result being we wind up eating where she wants to. I don’t object to her choices, but I get frustrated at the silly dance we do, why can’t she just say where she wants to go when I ask her and save about an hour deciding? The second part of this issue which really gets me is she will later on tell me about all the places she wants to try, but we never do, we keep going to the same places, even though the places she shoots down are the very places she says she wants to try. I don’t think she is being manipulative, she is just very reluctant to try new places, which I understand, but I don’t like getting the blame for being in the dining out rut. I have been with my girlfriend a long time, but several previous girlfriends had the same behavior, and talking with other men they have had similar experiences with girlfriends or wives. Can you women please cut us guys some slack with dining out? I think I pick nice places, so if we have a bad experience with some place, just take them off the list and try another, for every bad one we will probably find ten good ones.

    • Jackie Pilossoph

      Thanks for reaching out! I didn’t say anything negative about guys, I actually blamed the suburbs! LOL. Sounds like you need to have a talk with your gf and tell her everything you just told me (in a nice way.) And, maybe the two of you need to try a new rule and stick to it: one new restaurant a month! Best of luck!


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