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How to date a loser

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  • Too many magazines focus on dating losers, according to author
  • He says men are termed "losers" for not living up to woman's fantasies
  • Humans are embarrassing mess of contradictions, insecurities, and pimples
  • Sooner you accept your defects, the sooner you can accept someone else's
By John DeVore
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(The Frisky) -- An objective, partially superficial analysis of women's magazines has led me to form the following conclusions on behalf of women:

Your date may not be perfect, but you're probably not either, according to the author.

Your date may not be perfect, but you're probably not either, according to the author.

• If you don't learn the 456 sex tips, he will cheat on you.

• You're not fat, girl! But here's a diet to try!

• You date nothing but losers -- and therefore have an insatiable appetite for articles about men being losers. "How Not To Date A Loser." "How To Detect A Loser." "How To Tell If Mr. Right Is Actually A Human Trojan Horse Filled With Thimble-Sized Losers."

The point is made: You ladies have dated lots of losers. But have you ever considered that maybe, sometimes, you are the loser yourself?

A "loser" seems to be defined as a person with a demonstrable character blemish. This blemish usually contradicts whatever your favorite lady mag tells you is admirable in a man, like granite counter tops, emotional over-availability, therapist-like listening skills, a generous bankroll, and killer style.

To which I say: Nuts. Consider the flipside. Hey, we live like frat boys, but maybe we don't want to live in a Bed, Bath & Beyond showroom. OK, we don't call, but maybe you call, text, instant message, and Facebook too much? Yeah, sure, we talk about ourselves a lot, but only during the brief moments of silence when you're not talking about yourself.

When women talk about men being losers, it usually means that the man doesn't live up to the standards of her fantasy. Much the way it is patently unfair for a man to judge a woman because she doesn't accurately reflect the absurd, airbrushed and Photoshopped women adorning men's magazines, it is unfair for women to write a man's superficial shortcomings off because he's not Mr. Sensitive-Rich-Hunk.

Whenever I read or talk to a woman about a recent loser or string of losers, I can't help but think about that old breakup canard, "It's not you, it's me." Maybe it's not him, it's you. Is he a loser, or are you projecting?

Which brings me to a bigger point: Really, we're all losers. We're all uniquely dorky snowflakes. Love, real love, is forgiving someone for being human. And being human is being a loser, an embarrassing, spectacular mess of contradictions, insecurities, and pimples. It's what makes us all so interesting.

Assuming that you are so put together that you're above criticism is self-deception, pure and simple. The world, and men, are not out to get you and only you. To be fair, the world is out to get us all. But playing the dating victim means that ultimately, you and your potential dates lose, and the only winners are relationship columns about indulging the impulse to wantonly judge others, while sparing yourself. We're all losers; live with it.

What gives a person character lies not how perfect they are, whether they are rich, stylish, or good-looking. It's about how they persist despite their flaws. Any worldview short of this is just shallow, fake self-esteem mumbo-jumbo. The sooner you accept your little defects, the sooner you can accept someone else's.

Abraham Lincoln once said, "If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will." Same goes for losers. Don't go looking because you can find the loser in anybody, since losers are everybody.

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