The Dictionary of Men: Guys Defined!
By Malia Karlinsky, GalTime Love/Sex Editor
Have you ever met a guy and instantly realized you’ve dated him before… even though you technically haven’t? Authors Maria Blanco and Jane Black have taken some of the guesswork out of– and put some humor into– the dating process by categorizing some common types of men in their book, “Dictionary of Men.” This is NOT a book that bashes men. It’s more like a guide that gives descriptions of different types of guys.
Gathering info from women out there in the dating trenches, “Dictionary of Men” includes over 300, short satirical dictionary-like definitions and tons of illustrations.
GalTime: How do you classify men?
Maria Blanco and Jane Black: Based on characteristics that women actually talk about like hometown, alma mater, relationship with their mother, car they drive, shoes, style of underwear, cocktail of choice, etc. You can tell a lot about a man’s personality and how your relationship will evolve based on simple categorizations. If a man owns a cat (Cat Owner), he’s most likely passive-aggressive and anal. We didn’t make these definitions up– we interviewed hundreds of women to get their take on what it was like to date every man we defined. This was the absolutely most fun book to write. We loved hearing other women’s stories.
GT: Do you have a “Favorite” type?
Maria: Frank the Fireman — every woman likes to play with fire at some point in her life. But my favorite read is High Maintenance Hayden.
Jane: My favorite TRUE dating story in the book is Douchebag Dave (pictured at left)– it just makes me laugh. Dave hails from San Francisco and he fits the description of a DB to a tee. I still laugh out loud when reading the story and looking at his illustration. Dan the Dave Matthews Groupie also makes me laugh because it conjures up such a funny person if you know a guy 40+, or any guy for that matter, who is still obsessed with the Dave Matthews Band … then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
GT: When you meet a guy now… do you immediately classify him in your head?
Maria: Absolutely. It’s addicting, you can’t get it out of your head. I do it the most when I’m driving in the car. For instance, when I see someone driving a Jeep I always think, this guy looks hot from far away– but won’t be so good up close. A Jeep always makes guys hotter than they really are! We also define the difference between a 3, 5 and 7-series BMW driver, and those defs always prove to be spot on too. For example, when I see the 7-series guy, I think yep, he’s probably cheating on his wife.
GT: What has been the male reaction to the book?
Jane: A man’s reaction to the book is the ultimate litmus test. If a man has an adverse reaction to the book, run…. he clearly sees himself and his buddies in the book. If he likes the book, or finds it funny, hold onto him tightly, he’s very well adjusted. Overall, most men find it funny and want to know if they’re in it– plus, they find our definitions to be pretty spot on.
GT: There’s a lot of humor in this book– do we need to laugh our way through dating… because otherwise we’d cry?
Maria: Laughter is the key to the dating process. Laughing through the process will make you a magnet for the right man. Plus, we think everyone is a little “self-helped” out. While eating, praying and loving might work for some, a good belly laugh is the universal remedy to cure the broken heart and regain mojo. After all, laughter is the best medicine and women enjoy sharing in each other’s funny experiences.
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