I have long suspected it, and now I'm pretty convinced of it. Single guys (race/nationality irrelevant) get worse treatment than couples and single women.
Does anyone know why?
Most single women on the other hand, have it fairly easy compared to men. It is they that all the single men flock to! A single woman could, if she played her cards right never have to pay for anything again. I guess it's the whole "beaver" or "mating call" thing.
Now us guys on the other hand, that's a whole other issue.
I decided to test this theory over the last few months.
First, I went to the Hallmark card store and paid much closer attention to the selection of cards than I normally do. Just in birthday cards, this is what I found:
44 "from both of us"
19 "from your daughter/wife"
..and only 6 "from your son/husband" cards.
Next, I wanted to actually study my existence in public. I took Jen to three different restaurants. When it was her and I, we were treated with courtesy, friendliness, seated and served fairly quickly.
I went to the same three places, on the same night of the week, at about the same time-but this time-by myself.
Every time, the time it took for me to be seated was double. In one case, 20 minutes. When I explained to the hostess that I was a party of 1, she kind of sneered at me. And I got stuck with a really rude waitress who got my order wrong and let my drink run dry three times. I guess one loser lonely guy is not going to spend all that much, so there is no incentive to serve him.
Whenever Jen and I go somewhere and there are small children around, they come up to us, say hi, giggle, laugh, and try to play. And the parents are sitting right there smiling along.
When I was by myself, the parents would tell there kids to stay away and "leave that man alone" and gave me some not-so-friendly glances.
So what's the deal? Are single men labelled in the minds of others as stalkers, perverts, serial killers, losers, or all of the above?
But as long as there is a woman with him, that very same guy is an "acceptable, decent family man"?
I find this behavior in people somewhat contradictory to the prevailing cultural climate which glorifies (subtly, if not blatantly) promiscuity, self independance, and the bachelor(ette) life.