A PHILOSOPHICAL CHALLENGE
It’s plagued mankind for millennia.
WHAT IS IT?
It’s how men and women differ when it comes to painting a room.
The Feminine Gender
- Plan the project weeks in advance.
- When feasible, plan it months in advance.
- Get samples, swatches and all manner of whatever.
- Check to see if color matches wardrobe.
- Interview the color scheme for a week or two.
- Order special clothes for painting.
- Organize ladders,brushes, rollers, pans, and damp cloths.
- Prepare: cleaning, dusting, taping, etc.
- Cut in floor boards, door and window frames, crown moldings
- Paint the walls.
- Live with the new color for a week.
- Decide it isn’t perfect, order new paint clothes, start over.
The Male Gender
- Go to favorite big box store.
- Look at paint sprayers, power tools, and buy something unrelated.
- Go paint.
SOME PAINTING PERSPECTIVE
I am of course exaggerating the above comparison. Men won’t always go to the big box store since they maintain a collection of old paints and supplies in the garage.
- Will get it done with as little effort as possible.
- Are usually willing to paint during half time.
- The project will turn out okay.
- Will take their time and give much attention to detail.
- Will pause to post pictures on Facebook.
- The project will turn out perfectly.
I’ve noticed this painting dynamic at home, at work, and at large. In general, women make everything better, they make it beautiful, and they make it personal.
Generally speaking, men don’t.
CREATING FURTHER ALIENATION
This dynamic runs true unless its something men really care about. We can spend all day working on a car, a boat, or our hunting and fishing gear. We can spend all day getting our home theater system up and running. Why all day? Because manuals are for losers.
IN CLOSING: WE ARE DIFFERENT
Men and women really aren’t all that different. We’re different, but not as much as it seems. We both are capable of doing quality work, of being creative, and of caring about every little detail. We both will invest. Conceptually, we are the same.
Where we differ, is in what we choose to care about. We really are one coin, two sides.
We each need to make sure that what we care about most is what’s most important.