Book #25: Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man

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Author: Steve Harvey
Publisher: HarperCollins (January 27th, 2009)
Pages: 232
Chapters: 15

BLURB:

Steve Harvey, the host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, can’t count the number of impressive women he’s met over the years, whether it’s through the “Strawberry Letters” segment of his program or while on tour for his comedy shows. These are women who can run a small business, keep a household with three kids in tiptop shape, and chair a church group all at the same time. Yet when it comes to relationships, they can’t figure out what makes men tick. Why? According to Steve it’s because they’re asking other women for advice when no one but another man can tell them how to find and keep a man. In Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Steve lets women inside the mindset of a man and sheds lights on concepts and questions such as:

—The Ninety Day Rule: Ford requires it of its employees. Should you require it of your man?

—How to spot a mama’s boy and what if anything you can do about it.

—When to introduce the kids. And what to read into the first interaction between your date and your kids.

—The five questions every woman should ask a man to determine how serious he is.

— And more…

Sometimes funny, sometimes direct, but always truthful, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is a book you must read if you want to understand how men think when it comes to relationships.

*YAWNS*

review

…REVIEW!

Sit down. This is going to be a bit long.

This is a book that I’ll never go for. People around me were raving about it and insist that I must read it. It landed on my desk at a time when I had nothing to read. 

I’m sorry I even went past the cover. I don’t like reading relationship books, this was my first one outside of the Bible, and I couldn’t even make it to the last page.

Steve might have some things partially right, but this book was over-hyped and reduced to a gender stereotype. This book basically tells us that men are responsible for our happiness, we’re to blame when we don’t understand them and we should be thankful for/to them.

The book title might be a good one, but it is one-sided and a hot mess. Steve doesn’t hold men in contempt of their behavior. For me, he came across as insecure and controlling. A classic example is Steve throwing a childish tantrum when his wife, Majorie went scuba diving … Just because he wasn’t able to “protect” her! Pffftt! What a lame excuse! The thing that his wife loves the most (her sense of adventure) he took it away from her. That is not compromising. Like, grow a pair and learn to scuba dive with the wife too, Steve. Your methods of “protecting” is unhealthy!

Steve says he doesn’t know a single man who hasn’t cheated on his wife. What kind of friends do you hang out with, man?

This book in a nutshell: women don’t have the right to think like a woman. Steve assumes that ALL men are running games on women. That alone tells me the kind of view he has on people. Men are perfect. We are the ones who are struggling to attain that level of perfection because we can’t get on that level without thinking like a man.

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I admit that men are fascinating creatures, but let’s be realistic here: Steve is black and he is giving black men a bad name. Although he insists knowing what ALL men like/dislike, ‘WE’ do not cover ‘EVERY’ single man on the face of this planet. The Frenchman is different from the American man in many ways. The Caribbean man is nothing like the European man. Even the Middle Eastern men won’t easily fit into the ‘we’ category. I am a lover of heels and yes, some men do compliment me in my heels from time to time, but who is Mr. Harvey to say that ALL men prefer a heels-wearing woman? Some men like seeing women in flats or even a pair of sneakers.

This book is written from a sexiest’s point of view.

What Steve Harvey wants, not what ALL men want…

In Part 1: The Mindset of a Man, Steve states that men are simple. Oh, they are? So why is it when some of them get older, they get more complicated as they go through their so-call mid-life crisis? Oh right, it’s the woman’s fault. And about bragging rights? Steve, newsflash, not ALL men care about being number 1 and there are actually women out here who care about being number 1. You know? The independent success hungry driven ones? Not all women want a grand peacock. Some women are content with the loving man that they have, even if he isn’t mega successful, has a flashy car or a big old house to show for his achievements.

Excuses are made throughout this book.

“And if you’re her man and that woman loves you – I mean really loves you? – she will shine you up when you’re dusty, encourage you when you’re down, defend you even though she’s not so sure you were right, and hang on to your every word, even when you’re not saying anything worth listening to.” (page 19)

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Yes Steve, because we’re stupid lap dogs. Steve says a woman should listen to basically any and everything that comes out of a man’s mouth, but then he turns around and says that men don’t have time to listen to any and everything that comes out of a woman’s mouth. A relationship works both ways, honey. If I have to hang onto every word out of my man’s mouth and nod along like I’m some useless trophy girlfriend/wife, then that man is going to listen to me when I want to talk about a bad day at the office.

He then proceeds to enlighten us on why men cheat:

“A man can love his wife, his children, his home, and the life that they’ve all built together, and have an incredible physical connection to her, and still get some from another woman without a second thought about it, because the actual act with the other woman meant nothing to him. It was something that may have made him feel good physically, but emotionally, his heart – the professing, proving, and protecting he saves for the woman he loves – may be at home with his woman.” (Page 98)

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Come on! What even is this? Why isn’t he talking about infidelity bringing STDs into the marriage bed? Some of these affairs do mean something to many men otherwise they wouldn’t have a regular mistress to get served from. Steve, get off your high and mighty horse and stop smoking that crack. You wrote this book for the cold success-hungry driven black man who simply lives life through black-and-white lenses.

Steve touches on the 90-day rule. For a man who is supposed to be holier-than-art-thou, he is saying that women should give up the “cookie” on the 90th day of their relationship. What a sanctimonious bastard! No wonder why black love is in trouble! You’re supposed to be a “Christian”, yet you condone this action just because men lack self-control and must have “the cookie”. 

He manages to contradict himself several times. He expects a woman to stay home and do housewife stuff – taking care of the children blah blah blah – preferring the man to provide, yet, this two-tongued sanctimonious bastard turns around and says that men like women who are independent and don’t “reach in his pockets” and that both the husband and the wife should work to make ends meet. MAKE UP YER SIMPLE NARROWED MIND!

I honestly don’t understand how this book received so many so-call great reviews. Steve should realize that not all men out there are living in the cavemen age. There are men out here who knows how to communicate his feelings and thoughts. If Steve can’t do that, that is his business. Married couples are equal partners and guess what Steve? COMMUNICATION IS THE GREATEST KEY!!!! This sexist book only “proves” that men are simple-minded and this is an insult to many men out there. Who is a man married thrice to give us relationship advice anyway? Could have easily fooled me, Steve. You sound like a control freak with issues.

Maybe he should have named his book ‘Women, Blame Yourselves, Not Men: Why Women are at Fault for Misunderstanding Men When It Comes to Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment’. Maybe he should have written about teaching men how to be better. This is not the 1950’s anymore, Steve. If a woman was to truly think like a lady and act like a man, the tables would turn and sweet beautiful chaos will ensue. 

I am not a relationship expert, nor do I claim to be one, but men and women, just be your wonderful selves. Know who you are inside-out and know what you stand for and believe in and you’ll be alright in the long run. Act like a lady and think like a smart one. This book is an excuse written for men who want to get away with bloody murder by blaming their imperfections on women. Save your time and read the Bible instead. It’s the best book when it comes to relationship advice.

Not all women are not silly, pathetic, desperate and helpless damsels when it comes to men.

Here’s some advice for you, Steve, leave the writing for experts on relationship issues. You just stick to hosting Family Feud. This book:

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VERDICT:

No steaming coffee

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11 thoughts on “Book #25: Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man

  1. Yeah, I never read relationship books. I use to read self help books to see what the hype was or if it had a catchy title but found out, just like you said, the best one is the Bible. Who can tell someone else how they should act, feel, be…be yourself, ask God for the person He wants you to be with. God is the better Advisor. And as always, I’d much rather read your reviews than read the books ;):)

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    1. Eccentric Muse

      Exactly! No better advice for marriage and relationships like the Bible. This is why I don’t like to read self-help books. And as always, thank you for reading them. ❤

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  2. Great review and I agree with you 100%. I have heard spiritual advice mishandled badly by not only Steve, but other celebrities. I once heard him tell a joke referring to someone being old enough to emcee the ‘Lord’s Supper’. He said as if they were introducing the attendees, “Timothy ladies and gentlemen”…”Paul ladies and gentlemen”. The only problem is that neither of the names mentioned were at that Passover meal. Great review. You nailed it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Eccentric Muse

      Some of these celebrities think that it’s okay to dish out spiritual advice without even consulting the Bible and that is not okay. Thank you for stopping by to read and take the time to share your thoughts. 🙂

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  3. Yikes! This is one of the reasons why when I covered the song, “Lead Me,” I stated that for a wife and a husband to work, the husband must put his wife ahead of himself, as scripture says. If this is done, then the wife will have the support, encouragment, and trust to let her husband lead her. But so many men out there, DO NOT cover this crucial aspect. And if he claims to be a follower of Christ, then the man needs to sit down and ask God to guide him and his mindset. When I saw the title of the book I was like, “Oh..no.” And after reading your review…so glad I will never read this. Thanks for reviewing and warning this book.

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    1. Eccentric Muse

      That’s right, T.R., but unfortunately, some people don’t understand this and that’s why there are so many divorces. I find this book insulting to both women and men. You’re welcome. 🙂

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