Do Women Really Like Independent Boyfriends and Husbands?

by Alex Wise
by Alex Wise

Nearly all men say that they'd love nothing more than for a woman to approach them and say, “hey, I just want some sex. Let's get it on.” And nearly all men are liars. While there are a scant few who'd probably jump at that opportunity, the majority of us would think we were being set up for a reality show, robbery, or the ultimate okey doke. Jury's out on which is worse.

According to a recent study, half of women would rather have the flu themselves than deal with a sick husband. Now, I've heard from various women that all men suck when we're suck. We become whiny, needy, petulent, self-centered, 12-year-olds who pretend that nobody's ever been sick like we've been sick before.

Basically, we become women.

*rimshot*

*ducking tomatoes*

Apparently, all men turn into p*****s when we're sick. Oh, the humanity.

While I've heard women say this before, I can't honestly say that I know any men who turn punk when they get sick. Hell, I had pneumonia for two weeks and basically took care of myself and I felt like absolute crap. But that's neither here nor there. I do believe that there are some men who act that way.

But here's my point, I almost think that women need us become weaklings. When we don't? We get complaints about being too independent and not letting our women take care of us. It's almost like a woman-mettle-proving ground or something. Every time I've been sick and told my girlfriend (at the time) or friend, they've often immediately gone into “Help P Survive Mode” and I stopped them in their tracks with the, “I'm cool. I got it. Relax.”

“You don't need me to fix you any soup?”

“No. I got it.”

“You don't need me to get you medicine?”

“Naw. Already did it.”

“You want me to hold you like a baby and make you feel better?”

“I'm a grown ass man.”

“You're too independent. What? You don't need me?”

Womp. Womp. Womp.

Nine times out of ten, it goes directly there. See, I think that most women want to be needed. And a sick man is a perfect time to prove that to be true. But if dude rebukes your help, as a woman, what are you supposed to do? Watch your loved one get better without you? Let him cook his own walking dead meals?

I'll never understand this, but I think women take independent men (inside a relationship) as personal affronts to their womanhood. If he doesn't need you, why are you there? I've had that argument (and lost that argument merely because you can't fight an emotional argument with logic) more times than I care to admit. Something about women and us “needing” you all.

So while most women probably do get annoyed with their sick husbands' needy ways, they ALSO subconsciously relish in the fact that they're taking care of their family. You take that away from most women and they look more lost than Bill O'Reilly at a Maroon 5 concert.

Not that I don't think those women were being honest when they answered. Nobody likes annoying people, but I wonder if they had been asked if they'd prefer to have a husband who never needed any help when he was sick, how those responses would turn out.

So what do you think? Would you rather have the flu yourself, ladies, than deal with a sick husband? And then, would you rather have a husband who always took care of himself when he was sick and didn't need you for anything?

Inquiring minds would like to know.