How to Explain Men's Emotions

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The apple cobbler of remorse made me laugh out loud.

However, I'm female and I relate more to the way guys cope with emotions. I do try to get through them as efficiently as possible to move on to something else. Then again, when I do that (or completely ignore them), it can turn into steaming hot chicken pot pie, bubbling with hormones and all sorts of other womanly crap.

If anyone's going to start anything in reply to this comment (as someone almost always wants to do), don't do it here. Partly because I don't want to ruin this website with a flame war, but mainly because I won't see it and I'm always up for lively discussion and debate.

That's why there's an email address on this comment.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFiona

Men love to talk about their emotions this way, but I've found that it's almost never true...at least from personal experience with friends, co-workers and boyfriends. What I've found really happens is that men don't feel comfortable showing their emotions due to societal stigmas, so instead of dealing with the emotion they just try to ignore it...only to have it rear its ugly head in a variety of ways.

The typical blow-it-out-of-proportion response that many women I've encountered have (which is in-line with the stereotype) is also counter-productive because it consumes her in emotion and some things can be said that aren't thought-out and can really hurt the other person.

What I choose to do (I'm female, if that matters) is ask myself why I feel a certain way and then ask what I can do to address the cause of that feeling. After all, no one likes being mad or sad, so why let it simmer and consume you (like men) or boil over and consume you (like women) when you can just address the problem and nip it?

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterS. Riddick

Well, this infinitely fascinating, I sure don't know the answers. I do know what works for me and what doesn't. I feel really good about "no bullshit" trust, honesty & the ability to share with another on a level of trust and honesty and maybe U can't define that ahead of time, but U can definitely define your boundaries ahead of time. No harm in that.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermom

I can't believe you passed on the analogy of how male emotions, like a TV dinner, are best enjoyed in front of a TV

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternatalie

I like TV dinners.

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThalia

Nice. That last panel had me chucklin aloud, which is rare for me when I'm reading something humorous, usually I read the lines and laugh 'internally'.. which isn't to say I don't enjoy the laughs any less, but I digress.

Just wanted to say that this strip has so many angles workin'!
I love the analogy of men's emotions being like a TV Dinner, not only for the reasons mentioned, but also because it's usually our emotions, (unwillingness to express our emotions, lack of being able to process them simultaneously, etc.) that gets us in hot water with our SO's. Which, ironically, can result in us having to heat up a TVD cause now she's not cooking tonight.

Thanks! Keep up the great work, sir.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLouie

Actually, that's one of the more flattering analogies about female emotions I've heard. As a female, I give it my Not-Offended Seal of Approval.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSilas

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