Now it’s pretty well established that men’s basic genetic programming is not for long term monogamy. Our most basic urge is to spread our seed as far and as wide as possible. For men, agreeing to a permanent single partner is a major concession.
For women, the basic desire is different. A women prefers on a basic level, a stable, monogamous partner who can provide for and protect them and their offspring. As women can have a very limited number of offspring, she wants to make sure that the ones she does have are well cared for.
So because of this, a regular monogamous marriage is pretty much a victory for the woman and a concession by the man. Yet in order to get a typical American woman to agree to marry, the man is required to buy her an expensive and useless diamond ring.
Why? Why does a man have to fucking bribe a woman with a fucking diamond? It’s he that is “losing” and giving up the possibility of all the other women in the world for the rest of his life! She should buy him a diamond! Or even better, something that the guy would actually like a gigantic TV, Super Bowl tickets, a motorcycle or a sports car.
Now the biggest culprit in this scam is the De Beers company, who basically created the tradition of diamond engagement rings out of thin air with brilliant marketing campaigns in the early to mid 20th century. They also created the so called “standard” that the ring should cost two to three the man’s monthly wage. To add insult to injury De Beers fixes the price by creating an artificial scarcity of diamonds. They are able to do this because they are a monopoly. Unfortunately the UK’s antitrust laws are not quite as robust as those of the US. The founders of De Beers are some totally worthless bastards that have made life worse for men everywhere.
And what kind of girl needs a ring anyway? I’ll tell you what kind: the wrong kind. The same girl who will take it straight to the jeweler for an appraisal the very next day. The same girl who will turn into a Bridezilla and waste a bunch of your money on a huge wedding that will drive you to the brink of bankruptcy. The same kind who will expect a lifetime of nail salon days for free and whole lot of other unreasonable shit from you for nothing. The same girl who will take half (or more) of everything you own if, heaven forbid, it doesn’t work out and you divorce. A girl who likes to have her cake and eat it too, that’s who. Don’t marry that girl!
Western marriage is a bad fucking business deal, period. See this supposed Craig’s list exchange for an outstanding articulation of just what a bad deal it really is.
My favorite are the girls who get engaged and immediately change their Facebook profile picture to a picture of their hand with the ring on it. That’s just terrible taste, and really indicative of the me-first attitude of these girls. How must their fianceé feel when they see that? Wouldn’t they feel better if the picture had the two of them in it, and not just the ring?
Men of the world, unite! No more $2,100 (2007 average) bribes for the privilege of never fucking anyone else for the rest of your life! If you go out with a girl and she says she needs a ring, just get the check and walk away. It’s a great litmus test and will save you lots of money and heart ache.
Time to take a stand, guys.