So I've got this friend, I'll call him Billy- because that in fact is his name. Billy absolutely refuses to date late 40ish or 50 year old women. This would not be an oddity except that Billy is not 30.
He is 52.
Now Billy and I are talking and mind you- this is Billy's conclusion. Not mine. This is some wild stuff. Get ready. Billy alleges that there is nothing more cynical, hateful, and judgmental than single women in their late 40's and early 50's.
Billy has made one other observation and he has a theory about women in this age group.
Billy's claim is that women in this age group usually have been married a couple of times and are divorced. Many are angry and bitter empty nesters. They generally hate men- but they are smitten with the idea of eternal love which has been thrust upon them by romance novels and movies. Unfortunately Billy concludes, they cannot find that elusive love nor can they make a man submit to them. Their tools are aged and their bottled up animosity leaks through. Henceforth Billy maintains, frustrated and jaded women settle on small dogs. These they can control. And since yielding control is approximately the same as love for many of these women... small, yappy dogs fulfill the same emotional needs that one finds in a Danielle Steel piece.
This includes dog breeds such as Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise, and Pekingnese. Deplorable creatures, all of them.
Billy made the small dog-hateful woman connection years ago. I had marveled at the observation. Like Billy, I had seen it but I simply didn't understand the parts. Billy unlocked that mystery for me.
Sometimes Billy says, you will find single middle aged women without small dogs. This can be tricky. During the initial interview phase which some men refer to as the coffee date, Billy says you should pop the question. Do you like dogs? If they have one of those deplorable little yappy dogs, they will drone on for hours about them. If they have a large or useful dog, Billy says they might be ok.
If they don't have a dog, ask them what breed they might consider.
To be safe, Billy just avoids the whole demographic. He will not date anyone over 40. I am a veteran of that older demographic. I am beginning to understand Billy's logic completely.
I know a couple of men with small dogs. I asked Billy what he thought about that and no sooner than I had finished asking the question... than Billy immediately got this puzzled, somewhat baffled look on his face. He said he didn't know what that meant. Other than receiving a small dog in some property split, Billy could not think of any reason why a normal man might own a small, yappy dog. Billy added that it didn't matter much to him anyway because he is not in the habit of dating men.
So I thought of Billy when they announced the Westminster Dog Show winner. A Pekingese. You just know the owner is a middle aged woman and the judge or judges are populated with middle aged women. Probably divorced. In fact here is a picture of two older women with a stupid looking dog. Note the absence of a wedding ring on the handler's finger. http://news.yahoo.com/photos/westminster-kennel-club-dog-show-1328842437-slideshow/#crsl=%252Fphotos%252Fwestminster-kennel-club-dog-show-1328842437-slideshow%252Fhandler-cheri-koppenhaver-reacts-judge-patricia-laurans-left-photo-024716802--spt.html
Perhaps the government can fund a few studies or give some grant and research money to Billy and I so that we can attempt to prove or disprove the small dog-hateful woman theory. Until then, I think it is wise to follow Billy's advice. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
*Update. Apparently, there are other Pekingese haters. We are not alone. http://news.yahoo.com/malachy-pekinese-faces-backlash-best-show-win-140947602.html
Odd that the press cannot spell the name right. See ^^above. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pekingese