Manlaw Vol. II: Macking

Posted: August 27, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Not for nothing, never happen, I be forever macking

Not for nothing, never happen, I be forever macking

So in this continuation of the Manlaw series, I want to talk to folks about actually meeting women. A simple activity which has become tremendously overcomplicated by both men and women. I was talking to a friend of mine and she’s been bugging me about writing something regarding the proper etiquette in meeting a woman because of her experience at the Park last week, a Negro hangout spot in DC, wherein she claims she was grabbed about like a rag doll the entire time. I wasn’t there but seems plausible. See, the whole grabbing thing is bad macking. There’s a ton of things actually which are bad macking, and we know they’re bad macking. We do them anyway, either because we’re lazy, or because it’s just what’s done. Now, a caveat. I’m not Mystery from the Pick-Up artist. I’m not a professional mack. I’m probably not even a particularly good one. But I have been fortunate enough to have dated what I think are some of the most quality women in this country. Really great women who I’m glad to have shared time with. And as a fairly newly single person, re-entering a new(ish) city, this is a good exercise for me as well. That said, summer’s about to be over. Folks ain’t trying to be out in these streets like that in the Cold November Rain. The time for action is now, my friends (John McCain voice). So here are some brief tips:

1. Choose your stage: The boy Jozen wrote an excellent piece a few days ago on places where the fine women are. I know “the club” is the default place to meet and mack women, but go back carefully and look at your dating history. How many women that you’ve actually had sustainable successful relationships did you actually meet “in the club?”  As a rule, the club was not created for people to meet each other and form romantic relationships. The club was designed for people with menial careers to go somewhere and live out their high school fantasies of being popular and important. The club is merely the adult version of a grade school playground, with the same social hierarchies, jockeying for position, and attempts at making oneself seem more important. And real talk, it’s not that easy to form a lasting bond or impression when you’re five Tequilas down, she’s three Long Islands up, and Gucci Mane and Jeezy are yelling for you to be ignorant at ear-shattering volumes. Beyond that, many of OUR people (elitism) shun the club because we realy don’t need or want to spend a whole lot of time wading through people who won’t get us in the hope that someone else of our stature has similarly lowered themselves to come here.

The truth of the matter is, the whole world is a proverbial ho stroll. You just have to figure out where the women you want are at and end up there. The key being to not waste a whole lot of time and effort going to places where your constituency doesn’t exist. A few of good places:

1. The hardware store: Women here tend to own homes, or at least keep their apartments nice

2. Midday downtown: These broads have jobs and go to lunch. Like shooting fish in a barrel

3. Whole Foods: Women here care about their health and well-being

4. Book Stores/Coffee Shops: They can read

These places also work well, because there’s a built in conversation. What are you reading? Oh, I love Barilla Pasta. Are you painting your bedroom that color? Boom, easy.

Many Men to meet, Much fat to chew

Many Men to meet, Much fat to chew

2. Presentation You never get a second chance to make a first impression is the old saying. And when people think game, they think mouthpiece. Enh. Wrong. Game begins the moment you walk in somewhere. 70% or something of communication is non-verbal. The play doesn’t start at the point you’ve mustered up the liquor courage to go deliver that brilliant opening line of yours. How you look, your posture, your body language determine where you start on the field. Now you can come through with one of those Devin Hester returns for the TD, in which case all you have to do when you open your mouth is kick the extra point….

orrrrrr you can get a whole lot of penalty flags and try to dig your way out from your own goal line. Which would you prefer? Right. I’m a fan of simplicity myself. The Affliction tattoo t-shirts and the big skull belt buckles and all that, it may work some places, but I find a nice watch, some good quality shoes, and a white or black button up does the job every time with the crowd I’m going for. Me being me, I also enjoy a tacky but very well cut blazer in some material or color not found in nature. That’s just what works for me. I was actually at an event this weekend, and in the middle of our conversation, the young lady looked directly down at my shoes. Like unapologetically. She approved. Personal style is a personal deal, so whatever you feel comfortable in, do that. If you feel comfortable, you’ll act comfortable. And no woman can’t dig that. Dressing well doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s a recession, there’s always a sale on somewhere. Also, wearing a three piece suit in a lounge on Saturday with Versace shades typically makes women think you’re pretentious, not business-like. At least loosen the tie.

YOU could be part of this stable. Choose, bi**h!

YOU could be part of this stable. Choose, bi**h!

3. Bring Sand to the Beach The best way to get a good deal on a Ferrari is to drive up to the dealership in a Lamborghini. Half the reticence women have about talking to guys (is he lame, crazy, dangerous, broke, etc.) go out the window if you’re with one or more attractive women. You’re pre-approved if you show up with cute chicks.If it’s a velvet rope door situation, again, matching up with some chicks in line makes your night a lot smoother.

4. Pull your balls up Quit whining about how these women act and go interact. Not every conversation has to be a pick up. nd frankly, the most productive conversations are just two people (or more) talking about a subject of mutual interest. If some women are having a conversation, go find out what they hollering about. If you see a girl alone by the bar, smile and say hi. I wave at women all the time. They almost always wave back. And that opens the door to conversation later. But standing on the wall sucking down your drink or waiting for women to pass by to grab them like an Octopus doesn’t really work too well.

5. Be your best self Not what you think she wants to see. You might want to play Mr. Sensitive and she really wants a dude who will “punch her in the throat and tell her it’s time to fuck” (yes, a woman actually did say this was what she wanted in a man. Seriously). Don’t try to get on her level, talk about the things that you’re interested in that she may share. If there’s no commonality, no need to force it or pretend you’re into water polo. Dating is ruthlessly inefficient, and very few of the people we meet are going to be potential long run partners. If you and a woman have some things in common and will get along, it’ll be evident fairly early. You being you will help you click with this person, not hurt it. Showing you’re human and not some self-aggrandizing caricature will do much more to create a bond than just showing off your assets or trying to sell a dream. Feel free to cut your losses with a nice handshake and a “nice to meet you” if it ain’t going nowhere.

Not gonna happen, LeRoy

Not gonna happen, LeRoy

6. Don’t make a buffoon out of yourself if she’s not responsive. You have no idea why a woman may have rejected you. She may have a dude, an STD she’s embarrassed about, a bad day, or a bad attitude. Or she just may not be into you. Trying to one up her by then getting mad at her or downplaying her is just immature. We’re men, we roll with punches. Stop being all sensitive. You don’t see the Lion badmouthing the gazelle that got away: “You wasn’t that delicious anyway, bitch! With your short ass horns!” Yeah, Mufasa doesn’t really do all that. He just moves on. And it saves him the embarrassment of looking whiny and spiteful, unmannish qualities both.

7. Social macking Realistically, one of the best ways to get to know people is through the people you already know. A lot of women make this something of a precondition, whether they tell you that or not. And since most valuable women don’t have a lot of time, they’re spending it with their existing friends, not aimlessly wandering Adams Morgan or Lenox mall. That said, your reputation becomes exceedingly important in a close knit circle. If you’re trifling, it’ll get around. If you’re fun and caring, it’ll get around too. DC people with your small ass communities, I’m talking to you.

8. No drink buying. This may run counter to a lot of what you may have heard or seen, but don’t buy them girls drinks off the break. Make them earn it. Seriously, if someone needs you to put $12 up to have a conversation with them, the conversation isn’t going to be that good. If things are going well, and you want to do something nice once you’ve established a bond, that’s cool, but I’ve been in situations a million times where you’ll see a guy working hard at the bar plying a chick with drinks, and when he pulls out his phoen to put the number in, he gets that “sorry, I have a boyfriend” routine. Women may say they see drink buying as chivalry, but a lot of them also see it as weakness. If you’re willing to buy them something without any indication of what type of person they are, you’re probably a trick.

Feel free to add your own. This is a learning process for me too.

  1. 24karats says:

    9. No ogling. Hell, I know I look good in this outfit, that’s why I left the house looking like this. And while I appreciate recognition that I look nice, a simple smile, wave or head nod will do. When you start looking over me like Uncle Billy’s ribs, I’ve already categorized you as a toy. If I feel like having someone to play around with or the occasional arm candy, then maybe I’ll give you the time of day. But I will never take you seriously. Because you haven’t learned common decency.

  2. saiorse says:

    i don’t know about #3. how do you navigate bringing sand to the beach without looking like a skeez? i typically assume a guy is dating/screwing one of the girls, if not all of them, and is trying to add more to his harem. makes you look like too much of a ladies’ man, not someone i’d seriously want to date.


    • Hmmm. I find typically the exact opposite reaction. I get much more female attention when I’m with women than with guys. Half the time, I’l meet women through conversations started by women in my group. Excellent wingmen, women are Or wingwomen, I guess.

      • miko says:

        hmmm. 7.5 times outta 10 the chicks who came with you are acting like MoMo and Kiki (or whatever their names are) from the T.O. show and are sending out glares to all women who dare look at the man they’re jealously guarding despite the fact that they ain’t with him. (have you seen that show? those two basically send the message that black women make horrible platonic friends.) im sorry. i find a man who walks into the spot with three girls on his arm to be intimidating and i do think its safe to assume he’s bedded some of them. it’s hard to eyefuck a guy who has chicks with him already because hey, what if you disrespect someone?

        maybe an addendum to #3 should be, yeah, bring sand to the beach if you want, but DO break free from them at some point, otherwise it may be assumed that you put a ring on one of ’em already.

      • Brown Sugar says:

        My BFF told me he liked to go out with me ’cause it automatically made his status rise.

        Hot women who wouldn’t pay him any attention if he was out alone or with his boys eyef*cked him when he was out with me.

        And I’m an excellent wingwoman…

        So yeah…completely agree with that man-law.

      • AfroDiva says:

        Question, do you really want a woman who is only into b/c you’re with another woman? If I think a man is already involved with someone, I keep it moving, I’m not trying to snatch b/c I wouldn’t want someone to do that to me. I guess living by the Golden Rule has its pitfalls.

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  4. The Lioness says:

    “You wasn’t that delicious anyway, bitch! With your short ass horns!”


    I’d like to add: don’t send someone else over to break the ice on your behalf (i.e. no wingmen). I was in this club in OH once where this dude sent a drunk female over to put him on. She walked up to me and said “That stupid sob has been staring at you all night and I told him he needed to grow a pair and come over and talk to you but he was afraid you’d reject him. So he asked me to comve over. If he came up to talk to you, would you give him a chance?”

    Say it with me: HELL NO.

    Fear is not attractive.

  5. 100K says:

    1. I agree on this whole list…especially the point about not buying women drinks in clubs for the sake of striking up a convo with them. I havent done that since started going to clubs/lounges. I’ve been in situations where we’ve gotten bottle service and the amount of women that would come to our table was ridiculous. I’d just avoid the leaning over and the googly eyes

    2. As far as bringing sand to a beach, women make better wingmen than men. Women can tell when a man and his friends are scheming to talk to them. Women are way better than men in this regard.

  6. having been your wingwoman, i have to say i enjoyed playing the role of your sand. tragically, it doesn’t always work the opposite way…well let me say it doesn’t work well the other way. dudes will eye fuck a girl who’s with another dude, but more so to “son” the other dude than because he really wants the chick. like “nyah nigga! take THAT.” you are inspiring me..oddly, i just did a similar post w/out even knowing you’d written about this. i’m beginning to think we’re related in more than just name shawty….very scary thought….

    PS I love the fact that most (if not all) your comments come from chicas….maybe there is something to this being an asshole thing…it seems to work quite well for you. blueberry pancakes are on you thursday AM post the soiree

  7. Tunde says:

    this is a pretty good list. number 1-3 and 7 ring truest to me. most times i really don’t take women seriously that i meet in the club. its not that they aren’t quality women but personally i just don’t think i can build something of substance with a woman that i meet in the club. now if i’m just looking to have fun then thats a different story.

    as far as number 8 i have the funniest story. i even had to do a blog post about it.

  8. Usually when I hear the words “man law”, I brace for something homophobic, sexist and/or mildly retarted. I was delightfully surprised! You gave some great advice here! I look forward to reading more of your writing. That is, unless you include so many images of Black men and White women in ALL your posts, lol.

    • Ha! How dare you besmirch manlaw that vile way. I’m glad you have seen that Manlaw executed correctly, is the truth and the light, and that it can be an inclusive big tent for all peoples.

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