The one thing I will readily admit about my homegirls is that I have some very attractive female friends. Although we are platonic friends and I don’t want anything to do with them from a relationship standpoint, I can definitely see how other men can lose their damn minds in the presence of these women. Whenever we go out to lounges, parties and other public functions, they get the typical attention that attractive women normally do, but things get really weird when we go to more private events. If we’re at a family cook-out, a birthday party or some other small event with family and friends, it’s inevitable that someone will approach one of my homegirls, compliment her and then make an offhand comment about how lucky her (nonexistent) man is. My friend will usually respond by stating she doesn’t have a man, which will be followed by the comment “What?! Girl, you are FAR too pretty to be single!”
Now I’ve heard this comment so many times that I’ve managed to write it off as a new way to compliment someone. I figured that the words were somewhat meaningless and just were uttered in a good-natured and fun way. But something weird happened at the last get together we went to – a woman said that NOT as an empty-compliment, but as a serious point.
After my friend revealed to her that she’s single (as usual), this random lady responded by saying “Dear, you are WAY too pretty to be single. An attractive woman like you should already be married with kids! What’s wrong love?”
My homegirl was FROZE and didn’t know what to do, so she looked over at me like “This is so awkward! Help!” and like a good friend, I looked over to her like “You on your own chick!”, and I bolted into the kitchen leaving her standing in the hallway being interrogated by someone’s nosey-ass auntie. I definitely did not want ANY part of that conversation, but as I stood by the stove, I thought about ALL the times I’ve heard people make that “too pretty to be single” comment and wondered if they actually felt like that insane older woman. I mean, people don’t actually think that one’s physical appearance is a direct correlative factor to their ability to be a good partner - right?
Well, apparently I was wrong because that personal-space-invading woman is not the ONLY person who thinks like that. Far too many people subscribe to the belief that a person’s level of physical attractiveness is indicative of their worth as a partner – and that couldn’t be FURTHER from the truth. This belief is not only prevalent in dating, but modern western civilization as a whole, as we typically expect “more attractive people” to be more successful (especially when it’s reinforced by scholarly essays).
Honestly, when it comes to dating, being attractive is a MAJOR plus, but that does NOT guarantee that one has the necessary skills to be a good partner to someone else. Some people are too selfish, bitter, combative, entitled or downright ignorant to be in a healthy relationship right now, and those skills are completely independent on how sexy they are.
Interestingly enough, men also hear “you’re too handsome to be single!” which is hilarious because it either presumes his good looks equate to him being a good man, OR that women are so thirsty for a handsome man that it doesn’t matter HOW he actually acts in order for her to want to be with him. That last part I HOPE is not true for the sake of easily-embittered women who will get played by a dude OBVIOUSLY using her, and then turn around and say some sh*t like “ALL MEN AIN’T WORTH A DAMN!”
Also, being attractive AND a good person doesn’t mean that finding someone is SIMPLE. Yes it way be easier, but finding a QUALITY partner will ALWAYS take work and we’ve seen enough GORGEOUS single people go in and out of multiple relationships to know that. Hell, being attractive doesn’t even mean you are SEARCHING for someone, as many folks are out here enjoying the single life.
So if you are reading this, and you’ve ever uttered the phrase “you’re too pretty to be single”, please STOP IT - NOBODY is too pretty to be single. And as the saying goes…
“No matter how good they look, someone, somewhere is tired of their sh*t.”
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