This is the first stanza of a poem by Ben Jonson (1572-1637) which seems to sum up all game pretty well. Even back then the power of “the neg” was well understood. This illustrates well how the concepts of “game” are nothing new.
Follow a shadow, it still flies you;
Seem to fly it, it will pursue;
So court a mistress, she denies you;
Let her alone, she will court you.
This poem shows how men have understood and employed strategies for winning over the opposite sex for a very, very long time. Go back even further, to Chaucer, or to the Roman poet Ovid, and you will find them writing about the same things that are written on many blogs today. Hell, Ovid even wrote an entire poem on the art of picking up women, the Ars Amatoria, or The Art of Love. Written in three books, the first two books dealt with pick up techniques for men, the last book on pick up techniques for women. Ovid was an open minded guy for his time and believed in pleasing the ladies too. His poetry probably got him exiled by the Emperor Augustus, but what the hell, some things you have to sacrifice in the pursuit of pussy.
One of the things that irritates me about so many blogs is all the whining by men about how hard life is for them these days and how wonderful things were in this mythical, golden past when men were men and women were women. Sure, there are legitimate issues out there, but too many blogs sound more like a bunch of old ladies complaining than anything else, and as a result I don’t even bother reading them anymore. Despite all the blogosphere children engendered by Roissy, he still stands out as the best, because Roissy writes with wit and power. He does not whine, rather, he eviscerates.
Every age in history has always thought the preceding ones were better. The reality is there is nothing new under the sun. In Ben Jonson’s time the dandy, Elizabethan and Jacobian courtier would have made today’s effeminate metrosexual look like a paragon of manliness.
Anyone who read Hedda Gabler could see how difficult things were for men in the past. Here Hedda is married to a beta whom she cannot stand because he’s socially awkward and basically…worships her.
Some men are leaders, others aren’t. There is no golden time or society when everyone had it easy. If anything, we have it easier now. There are men who are willing to teach other men game, if they sat back and stopped complaining, they could learn so much. Back in the day, these guys could have been married to women like Hedda who hated them.
“Every age in history has always thought the preceding ones were better. The reality is there is nothing new under the sun. In Ben Jonson’s time the dandy, Elizabethan and Jacobian courtier would have made today’s effeminate metrosexual look like a paragon of manliness.”
Darnit, you wrote about this before I did. ;-; I was going to make a blogpost on this.
Anyway, I believe it was Louis XVI who wore heels. Not to mention the wigs and powder men wore. And their leggings! How is that any less feminine than skinny jeans? At least skinny jeans are made of stronger material.
Racer X said:
You are right about men learning game. If guys stopped complaining so much they might learn a few things about women from the men who know. Or better yet, they should go out and gain the valuable experience for themselves.
Sorry I wrote about your idea first! I give you permission to write some more on it though, it can certainly be expanded.
No need to apologize! But I do need to write about more profound things on my blog, recently it’s just been inane babbling about life occurrences.
Oh wait, that’s what I do all thetime.
Racer X said:
Well I look forward to reading whatever you may write on your blog…both the profound and not so profound.
Thank you very much.
I must say, I find your blog…interesting. 😉
Racer X said:
I think I may have to make you one of my special blogger girls..one of the rewards of which is that you get “special” posts written about you every now and then. If you are unsure what I mean by that, DB and Chic Noir can fill you in on the rest…
Some of the requirements of becoming one of my blogger girls is intelligence, sensuality, open mindedness, an adventuresome spirit, a desire for eroticism, just to name a few. By your writing I can see you have those quite well.
I feel incredibly flattered. Thank you, love.
Racer X said:
Your welcome, Mandy. I will definitely have to write you something special on here sometime…I hope you don’t blush too easily.