I recently saw this video of Tyrese that actually pissed me off a lot, and even though it’s apparently very old [almost a year] it made me want to hurl a brick through the passenger side window of his new car. For those of you who HAVEN’T seen it, here it is:
Ladies, please know that Tyrese does NOT speak for all men – especially those of us with common sense.
To begin, there are literally two types of women out here in these streets [actually two types of people period, but since we are talking about women let's stay focused]: There’s INDEPENDENT women and DEPENDENT women. An independent woman, IN MY DEFINITION, is focused on creating her own life, making enough money to support herself and creating the career she wants and/or needs to get by. She works hard to make ends meet and ultimately is reliant on herself to keep a roof over her head, food on her table and clothes on her back. Independent women are also mothers supporting households, taking care of children and assisting their family members sustain a proper livelihood. Independent women handle THEIR business, mostly out of abject necessity, yet are plagued by anti-intellectual men telling them they are emasculating the ENTIRE gender.
On the OTHER hand, there are DEPENDENT women. These are the women who are either unable to support themselves fully, or unwilling to support themselves. To be honest, although many female students would be considered dependents on tax returns or health forms, I would personally consider many of them independent in the sense that they are in school crafting out the career they will eventually pursue. But, IN MY DEFINITION, dependent women are TRULY the ones who want to live OFF a dude, as opposed to living in unison with him personally and professionally. These are the needy women, and the ones who would rather sponge off a dude than go out and create her own.
I would lend credence to Tyrese’s ideologies if they weren’t so laden in out of touch, old-school BULLSH*T ideas, such as the concept that the MAJORITY of “Independent” women roaming these streets are punk-ass girls too SCARED or IGNORANT to want a “real” man, because they are too caught up in their bank statements, career and promotions. Negro, what F*^KING world are YOU living in? Although I KNOW that type of woman definitely DOES exist, the fact that that stereotype has become the MASCOT for the term “Independent woman” is actually very disheartening and full of SH*T. Independent women aren’t all loudmouth jackasses with penis envy, and to propagate that as FACT is flat out WRONG. In fact, the MAJORITY of them are the ANTITHESIS of that.
When I look around myself at the many women I know who ARE independent, their desire for love and finding a man is not relinquished by the career, their money or their success – hell, if anything, it’s enhanced by it. Both sexes NEED love and affection, but because society has changed so drastically, we NEED to carve out our OWN independent successes BEFORE we can entertain being a couple in these dual-income days.
But my point is this: As a man out here trying to forge a great life and legacy for myself, why the HELL would I want a Dependent-ass chick on my arm like I’m cool with being the next Eric Williams on Basketball Wives? Why would I want to be Usher having to evict Tameka out of his house, because after putting her up for years AFTER the divorce, she STILL hasn’t gotten her own place or improved her professional situation?
We never talk about Independent men, because we live in a patriarchal society where that term is simply an implied redundancy, but the same way women want men who can OBVIOUSLY can hold their own, SMART men also want women who can take care of themselves too. Dependence is cool if that’s what you want, but if you’re not BALLING enough to afford a housewife, I suggest you research what independent women are REALLY like, because you WILL need one IF dual cohabitation is a dream of yours. And when you do, don’t be surprised when you find out what many men already know: A woman can be independent and strong – and still love you like no other.
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