Dating needy people
Society tries to feed us this narrative that as women we're constantly one wrong move away from morphing into a clingy harpy every man hates.
And sure, it's not great to latch on too tightly or try to become serious too soon.
Even though I never did anything that would land me in the bunny-boiler category, it took me years to realize I was wrong.
I've had sweet, successful relationships, but the ones that failed reinforced the idea that I was being too demanding.
"I just don't want to seem insecure," she admitted with a shrug and a smile.
But I bought into this message so much that I would worry about sending a text first, or think I had to be totally fine with the guy I was hooking up with taking someone else home in front of me.
I would rein in my feelings to be the Cool Girl that Gillian Flynn's so perfectly lambastes men for believing in: "Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want.
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