The condescending Guardian columnist's guide to how men work

STRUGGLING to understand men but don’t want to actually talk to them? Patronising Guardian journalist Joanna Kramer reveals what makes them tick.

They have at least three emotions

These include anger, repression and hungry. But my studies show men are capable of exhibiting more feelings, such as toxic happiness and privileged ennui. These are deeply problematic and must be replaced with guilt immediately.

Men have very basic needs

Men like food, water and shelter, but their other needs are equally unsophisticated: beer, sport and looking at attractive women. All men are like this, so if you know a man, make him try Guardian-friendly activities such as cooking vegetarian Indian food and replace his copy of FHM with an interesting article about fourth wave feminism.

Sometimes they wrongly think they’re having a tough day

Even though they’re privileged 24/7. A quick reminder of how irrelevant his concerns are in the larger scheme of things will cheer any man up instantly, and in no time he’ll be back to doing blokey stuff like talking about cars and burying his feelings.

Sometimes they think about more than sex

Surprisingly, the desires of a cisgendered heterosexual man are not that simple. Apparently there’s more to it than just putting their penis in a vagina, and rumour has it they’ve been known to care about the physical and mental wellbeing of women. Or other men. Luckily I am here to share this ground-breaking revelation.

They’re sensitive in their own way

Men take sweeping criticisms of their gender personally for some reason. It’s one of their many inherent flaws. And as long as hacks like me can pay their mortgage by writing about them in a semi-ironic way that’s never going to change. Sorry guys.



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Man reaches 100th day of thinking about going teetotal

A MAN has reached the milestone of 100 days of considering quitting drinking.

Tom Logan first thought about cutting out booze completely after awaking in a pool of vomit on the kitchen floor in July. Since then he has managed not to go a single day without resolving to go on the wagon permanently. 

Logan said: “I always say ‘take it one day at a time’. I know that at any moment I could weaken and admit to myself I am a hopeless drunk, but I’m not going to do that.

“Finding a strength I never thought I had, and perhaps with help from a higher power, I’ve stayed strong and told myself that tomorrow, or perhaps the day after, is the day I quit alcohol for good.

“I’m not saying it has been easy. Along the way I have experienced many pangs, often due to raging hangovers. 

“But those hangovers were worth it, because they bolstered my resolve to say, now is the time, well not now, but maybe some time this month, for me to kick the booze.”

He added: “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my partner Susan. Whenever I say ‘This is my last can of lager’ she’s always given me words of encouragement like ‘Yeah. Right’.”