Oh look, a quiz to find out what women can learn from men, courtesy of OPRAH! Or Oprah’s copywriters. Let’s start learning, girls!
Believe it or not, there are a few manly virtues worth swiping. Characterizing some traits as classically male means generalizing shamelessly, but a number of interesting women think we can learn a thing or two from the hairier sex. Take the quiz below and see what testosterone filled advice just may help you out.
1. While shopping at a ritzy boutique, you spot the perfect handbagâ€”but it’s far too expensive for your pocketbook. When the sales clerk asks if she can wrap up the bag, you:
Feel pressured into buying the bag.
Decide the bag isn’t “perfect” after all, and pretend to be interested in something else.
B, but really I’d probably just grab it and run. Handbags are more important than freedom.
2. You have five projects going on at once. Your deadline is approaching and you are feeling extremely overwhelmed, you:
Close your door at work, cry, and feel much better.
Try to make light of the situation by laughing, cracking jokes, and as soon as you leave the office you break down.
Um, why do both options involve breaking down? My answer is C: talk to coworkers and boss and find solutions for reassigning projects to people with more time, and also to see which deadlines might be flexible. But I’m just a stupid girl, so what do I know?
The amazing thing is that after submitting my quiz, I discovered that B is the correct answer (which I guessed): “Stoicism certainly works for you. You are in control of your emotionsâ€”which is key at work.” Excuse me? Breaking down when you get home from work is not something that “works” for me. If your job causes that much emotional distress, get a new one, sister.
3. While out with friends, you begin talking passionately about one of your favorite topics. When your husband chimes in, he continually plays devil’s advocate. You:
Feel attacked and wonder why he’s putting down your ideas.
Shrug it off. He’s exploring your ideas, not tearing them apartâ€”nothing personal.
Sorry, but I’m going to have to go C again: Tell him to cut it the hell out. Later, we can talk about what annoyed me and why he should not be such a dick in the future.
4. You’ve just started a new entry-level job, you:
Make as many connections as you can. You aggressively pursue opportunities to work above and beyond your responsibilities because you feel you have a lot to contributeâ€”and people will appreciate you more.
Start to make connections, but stay within your boundaries. You feel if you work hard you will be rewardedâ€”you don’t want to seem too pushy.
I prefer to just quietly change the grease traps and not spit in the special sauce.
5. Faced with an uncomfortable situation, what are you most likely to do?
Avert eye contact, mumble, or act shy.
Face things squarely, make a joke, or distance yourself.
Why is “break down crying” not an option?
6. In conversation, you’re more likely to:
Talk the entire time.
Sit back and listen.
Again: break down crying.
Okay, actually I chose A, “Talk the entire time,” even though I only do that when drinking. In everyday conversation, I act like a normal human being and engage the other person with a combination of talking about myself and being genuinely interested in him. The correct answer? B. “You could learn from the silence of strong men, you know, the strong, silent type.”
Oh, shut up.
7. You’re captain of your community softball league, and you’re in the playoffs. One of your starting players gets injured, and you have to choose a replacement. Janet is a know-it-all, but you’re sure she will get the job done. Mary has worked hard to improve her skills, but you risk losing the game. Who do you choose?
Janet. There are no second chances when it comes to community softball.
8. You are the head of business development for a major corporation. You just gave the presentation of your life to a potential client. You:
Let everyone know how well you think it went. You go ahead and say you think you have the deal.
Keep your thoughts to yourself. Even with a stellar performance you’re unsure of the client’s feeling and therefore, the final outcome.
Wait. Girls can’t head business development for major corporations!
According to the quiz, I’m man enough to succeed in business. Hooray, thanks Oprah!