What Men Really Want But Won't Tell You
"A chance to handle the kids solo."
We swear we won't break them. Sure, we might let them go a few feet higher on
the swings than you would, but getting into a little mischief with the kiddies
is one of the inalienable rights of fatherhood. Running around like maniacs,
eating ice cream before lunch -- these are the kinds of bonding sessions we
dream about while stuck in our dreary offices. So take the afternoon off and
let us go nuts with the kids.
"To be told how manly we are when we fix something."
Even if we're only changing a lightbulb, fawn over us as if we were a
greased-up Ty Pennington who just added a 4,000-square-foot walk-in closet to
your bedroom. "Nothing makes a guy feel like more of a man than when his
woman hands him a cold beer after he's been working hard," says Nick
Stevens, 32, of Boston. "Yes, that is very 1950s, but it's the
"Acceptance of our inner dork."
"I secretly crave a woman who will dust -- without complaint or editorial
comment -- my extensive collection of action figures," says painter Dave
Dorman, 48, who was voted the number one Star Wars artist of all time
by Star Wars Galaxy magazine. (Sorry, ladies, he's taken.) Look, we
know we should have outgrown comic books and sci-fi flicks at least 15 years
ago, but the fact is, we haven't. So you can make fun of us for our nerdy
cravings, or you can tag along with us to the latest superhero movie and watch
Hugh Jackman or Christian Bale run around in a tank top. Is that really such a
"You paying the neighborhood kid to shovel the driveway before we get
our fat asses out of bed."
Or, failing that, hooking us up with a cup of hot cocoa when we come back
inside grumbling about moving the family to Florida. Think of it this way:
Besides making our morning, that $20 you spent just bought you hours and hours
of not having to hear us complain about how much our back hurts from
"A spa treatment for you."
This might sound selfless and giving, but we have an ulterior motive. When you
have silky, smooth skin, you can't wait for us to get our hands on you. And
neither can we.
"You not saying how fat you think you are when you get dressed in the
Who cares if you can't fit into a dress that you used to wear 15 years ago? We
think you're still totally hot. "Confidence is sexy," explains Bob.
Complaining that you feel fat and gross isn't. After all, we men don't all have
the six-pack we want, but that doesn't stop us from acting like we're
superstuds. Bottom line: Whether or not you've shed that stubborn 10 pounds
you've been dying to ditch, we want you to jump our bones. And if you do, that
smile you leave on our faces will give you 10 times more confidence than any
infomercial diet plan ever could.