Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hints Don't Work and Men Don't Listen

Or I could sub-title this post "
Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus".

We were on a conference call today with one of colleagues, reviewing wish list data from our web site, We noted to her that most of the wishes on are from women; it's about 60/40 F/M on the wishes tally.

She said, "Of course."

We said, "Huh? Why is that?"

She explained, "Because we women know what you men want. We listen. So we know what you want. And because women listen so well, we anticipate your needs and wants. So you come to expect it. So you feel no need to tell us what you want - because we figured it out already.

"But men don't listen, so they don't know what we want, even if we hint. It's just like our blog says: Hints Don't Work!"

So this was a very self-reflexive moment, kind of meta. But it was interesting.

"That's why more women are posting wishes than men on," she continued. "Because you guys don't listen so we have to hammer it into your thick skulls." Okay, I made up that last part in italics, but I could hear it in her voice.

Hey, I was listening to her!

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