Pepe Le Pew, the classic Looney Toones character is a love struck skunk and hopeless romantic. In every episode he is featured, Le Pew incorrectly believes that a female black and white cat is actually another skunk and pursues her with vigor. No obstacle is too great for Le Pew as he confidentially skips along after his chosen mate espousing his affection as he does so. In some episodes the pursued cat might drink a love potion and a turnaround occurs. The cat becomes enamored with Le Pew and now the skunk is running away as if his life depended on it. The dreaded turnaround, just when the skunk gets his prey he decides he doesn’t want it anymore.
I have lived this very experience and heard countless stories from female friends who have gone through the exact same thing. I have never encountered a love-sick skunk, nor am I a cat mistaken for a skunk, but I have dealt with many men who have played out this exact scenario.
A guy will become mildly infatuated with a woman and do anything to get her to go out with him. Countless text messages, emails, instant messages and phone calls all to win her heart. Although as soon as the man has the woman literally in his grasp he becomes disillusioned. She is not the fantasy he had is his head, she is not fulfilling his every emotional and physical need and on top of it this same woman has emotional needs of her own and multiple flaws. Soon after he has his conquest the turnaround begins. The same man who was never too busy to send countless emails all day long, and text messages is suddenly busy. He won’t return calls, he won’t answer emails and he would never think to text. By now the woman may have become attached and just wonders what the hell happened.
Women call it the classic male “freak out”. Countless dating advice books tell women to manipulate men to prevent this from happening. Personally I hate manipulation, partly because I am downright terrible at it, and it just seems like one big constant lie. And do I really want to “trick” someone into sticking around with me, by constantly making him feel that I have one foot out the door at all times?
I have sat down with my straight male friends to try to figure this out and I get answers like:
“Well sometimes you don’t really know until you know”
“I just get excited by the chase but once I have a girl, I don’t know something happens”
“I don’t know why I do it, I just know that I have done it before”
Talking to men about this might seem like a good idea, but it just leaves me more confused. So now instead of trying to figure out why some men do this, I do everything I can to prevent it from happening in the first place. There is a fine line between the genuine real excitement of a brand new budding relationship and a false hyped up hysterics of a Pepe Le Pew type. The red flags to look out for:
- He says things like “I have never had a blonde girlfriend before” and he hasn’t even met you yet
- He talks about things way into the future and you barely know him
- He speaks in blanket statements – you are somehow supposed to make his life complete
- He says things like – You will keep me sober – Indicating that you will somehow save him from himself.
- He is so insecure about your first date so he will call, then email and then send you a text to make sure you are coming
- He speaks about you as if you are an object – talks more about your physical attributes, hair color, height, weight, etc. than your personality or who you are as a person
- In general if he is acting head over heels and you haven’t yet met, that is a huge warning sign that he has already idealized you in his head.
Sometimes I feel more like a trophy than an actual human being, as if the man is more excited about showing me off to his friends than he is actually spending time with me. I have written on this blog so many times before, when something seems too good to be true, or you gut instinct is telling you to bolt, trust that instinct. Proceed with caution, don’t get too involved with a man like this until you feel that his feelings are coming from a real place and not some fantasy in his head. But if this does happen to you, don’t beat yourself up about it. It seems to happen to all women. I don’t know why women appear more enticing to men when they can’t have us, but there are things about the male psyche that I will never understand. Don’t let his temporary excitement sweep you off your feet just so you can later get slammed to the ground when he drops you. Sure it might feel romantic to have some man move heaven and earth to win us over, but it feels even worse when our love struck skunk turns out to be one scared little mammal who has left us with little more than his lingering scent.
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