The first article I found was called "10 Traits Men Look for in a Girlfriend" from a women's website called iVillage. The purpose of the article was to find out exactly what men are looking for in a good partner by "dishing about the 10 traits that every man is looking for in a serious girlfriend". This line in the first paragraph immediately raised red flags in my head. Any sentence that includes every, always, none or never in it should be taken with a grain of critically thinking salt. This was even more concerning based on the second article that I found. It is called "8 Things Men Try to Maintain the Upper Hand". This was also a relationship advice article but written for a men's online magazine called AskMen.com. The link, however, was also on the iVillage site, with a description that read, "Here's your chance to eavesdrop. iVillage and Askmen.com have joined forces to reveal what's really on guys minds".
As the articles went on, I became more and more concerned about the things it was trying to convince both sexes. For instance, in 10 Traits, one rule is that the woman should never make the first move. Again, the word "never" immediately causes alarm for me. The article says, "If the woman is always the one calling, she will never know if he is really interested in her or if it's just convenient for him. She may find herself questioning the relationship every step of the way. Men simply aren't programmed to think like that and therefore are better suited to the... [continues]
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