And the book seemed to imply that most women were lowly, desperate creatures.
This particular version is about dating in the digital age, so it covers things like how to handle online dating, Facebooking, Tweeting and texting; they even included a handy little "Text-Back Times" table, which outlines how long you should wait before responding to a text, depending on how old you are.
The book was immediately hard to take seriously because the writing and structure was a little elementary and repetitive (but I guess dating advice has to be drilled into the receiver's head).
It was a little salesy -- the writers seemed to be selling their consulting services.
When Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider read this review, they’ll exchange a pitying smile and quietly start waiting for my distress call.
For woe betide any woman who thinks she can live without the Rules: they are hard and fast and apparently foolproof: ‘You can truly do the Rules on any guy, in any situation, and get the fabulous payoff: a guy who is crazy about you!
"A woman cannot email, or even wink at a guy's profile, without becoming the aggressor and possibly getting hurt down the line when the guy dumps her for the woman whose profile he really likes," the authors told JDate of their new rules. What if you're in the midst of the hottest sexting chain ever?
And if you wait, you give the impression that you are a busy chick—working, running errands, going to the gym, or doing whatever it is that you do.
If she’s wondering whether to answer a text-message, she should refer to the ‘Text-Back Times’ chart on page 53 (four hours is the minimum response time).
(and its updated version) hovers insidiously between reasonable advice and manipulative nonsense.
Six months later, she was engaged to the handsome wealthy man of her dreams.
She's now (presumably) happily married with two kids... It's taken me a while to face the fact that there are rules of engagement one must follow to properly attract and trap -- I mean keep -- a partner.