From New Yorker and Onion writer and comedian Blythe Roberson, How to Date Men When You Hate Men is a comedy philosophy book aimed at interrogating what it means to date men within the trappings of modern society.
Blythe Roberson’s sharp observational humor is met by her open-hearted willingness to revel in the ugliest warts and shimmering highs of choosing to live our lives amongst other humans. She collects her crushes like ill cared-for pets, skewers her own suspect decisions, and assures readers that any date you can mess up, she can top tenfold. And really, was that date even a date in the first place?
With sections like Real Interviews With Men About Whether Or Not It Was A Date; Good Flirts That Work; Bad Flirts That Do Not Work; and Definitive Proof That Tom Hanks Is The Villain Of You’ve Got Mail, How to Date Men When You Hate Men is a one stop shop for dating advice when you love men but don't like them.
"With biting wit, Roberson explores the dynamics of heterosexual dating in the age of #MeToo"
— The New York Times
Roberson, a researcher at the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, looks through a millennial lens at modern love in this laugh-out-loud commentary on dating and her lack of success at it. Peppering her narrative with references to sociological studies and quotes from literature (on unrequited love, for instance, she looks to Walt Whitman: "I loved a person ardently, and my love was not/returned"), Roberson emphasizes her main point that dating is equally painstaking endeavor and joyful venture. She lays it all out on the table including a list of men who she believed to be flirting with her, but later found out, in one example with a guy who liked all her tweets, that he was "just on my phone a lot" checking Twitter. Mixed in with the amusing anecdotes are thoughtful observations on the classic pitfalls of dating like the fallacy of the "you deserve better than me" breakup line or the misogynistic connotations behind being told that love will come "when you least expect it." This is a perfect book for women of all ages who have found that, despite their best efforts, dating men rarely works out in their favor.
I came for tips, but there are none!
This is a hilarious book with many astute observations about men and dating. Blythe often finds a way to put into words things I've felt for years about the dating scene, but had never seen explained so clearly. I'm definitely looking forward to her next book. Only taking a star off because the friend zone actually DOES exist. ;) And yes, I AM a whiny baby about it!
How to date men when you hate men
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