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This item originally appeared in the Feb. 19, 2004, issue of The Tech Talk.

It's simple. Girls are better than boys, always have been and always will be. We're always right and, well, you know the rest. Now that I have gotten your attention, let me tell you how I really feel.

Maybe it's not that one gender is necessarily dominant, we just do things differently, completely different.

Why is it that girls can talk on the phone for 45 minutes to an hour at a time, but it's a record, and should be commended, if guys talk for 45 seconds? We do like to talk, but I think the biggest problem is that guys don't like to listen.

Most guys think it's because when girls talk they almost always don't have anything meaningful to say. On the contrary everything we say deserves the utmost respect and attention. If we're talking about how we feel, how hard is it to be compassionate and actually show you give a darn?

"You girls don't say what you mean," is what I hear all the time. When, in fact, if you've been with us for so long, you should be able to figure out just what we mean, right? And when we say nothing is wrong, that's your cue to get what is really wrong out of us. It's your job to keep asking until you break through and actually find out the truth. Duh!

You also complain about us taking too long to prepare for a night out. In most cases, not all, but most, what attracted you to us included our style, our grace and mostly our outward appearance. Yeah, sure, it's what's on the inside that counts, but when it comes down to it, first impressions are everything.

Guys, aren't you proud of the prize possession that hangs on to your arm? Then why not make everyone else jealous when they see how lucky you are? And if that means it takes an extra hour for us to get ready, then so be it. You like to rush and get ready, but we like to take our time. After all, perfection takes time.

Once again, not in all situations, but in most, girls are much more romantic. We like candlelit dinners, picnics and long walks. We even like to be held once in a while. Do you blame us for not wanting to sit around, have a drink and watch "Monster Garage"? Maybe every so often that's fine, but not Saturday after Saturday, please.

Girls like to go shopping to see what's on sale. You never know when you might find an outfit on the clearance rack. Although you might not need it at the time, it's good to know you have it just in case. Guys, however, only go shopping when they know what they want. Where's the excitement in that? Can we say monotony?

Speaking of clothes, we like for them to match. Whereas guys simply want clean clothes, matching accessories not included.

Another point that comes to mind is the decision-making process. If you don't have a plan of action for what you want to do, how can you possibly get upset with us for not having any suggestions? I know you think you're being nice by asking for our input, but please spare us the weekly argument -- take a stand and make a decision.

If you want to eat Chinese, fine, at least a decision has been made. My boyfriend thinks it's not that easy, because, with everything, girls make it more complicated than it has to be. But after all, who wants an easy girl anyway? No pun intended.

Amber Miles is a junior journalism major from Dallas and serves as associate managing editor for The Tech Talk.

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