Noticed how women you date don't always introduce you to their friends? Certainly, not in the first few weeks. More so when the friends are pretty.
It's a strange divide-and-rule policy born out of insecurity. Having common friends means her friends will always get two versions of any incident — her version and the truth (Your version, dummy). So why would she want to put herself in a spot?
When she is still dating you, she will have to answer questions like: "What did you guys do?" "Can he drop me home?" "Why don't you bring him along to the party?" and of course, then they have to deal with comments about you: "Oh, he's so cute." "He does the sweetest things. Wish my boyfriend did that for me." "He smells so good."
The first thing you need to know about women is that they are jealous of each other. Haven't you seen how they check out what other women are wearing at the party or even if it's just the coffee shop. Though they might shower each other with compliments, both women know what the other is really thinking. If that applies for clothes, you could imagine how much more they would be jealous about boyfriends. They are paranoid about the friend stealing the boyfriend, a possibility born only by the death of trust in the relationship.
Besides, if at all she stops dating you, then she has to explain and blame it on you. It is rather difficult to paint you as the bad guy if the friend also knows you well.
And imagine the possibility of her friend continuing to be friends with you.
Given the already established premise that women are jealous creatures, it will cause her immense pain and heartburn if you start dating the friend.
Not only will that be her worst nightmare come true, it will also mean she loses her friend and that might endanger friendships within their circle.
Men have no such qualms. They know there are 1.3 trillion fish in the ocean. They are just looking for one. On their plate.
P.S: Sorry Nemo.
Sit down. Think carefully. Remember Standard II Geography? What did your textbooks say? Somewhere in the fog of French fries and football, this might emerge: `The earth revolves around the sun.' NOT you.
When will men realise that everything is not about them?
If a girlfriend doesn't introduce you to her friends it's not because she stares at the mirror in anguish every morning, wondering which one you'll pick over her. No woman's going to date a man with a mind like a fish, anyway. (Sorry Nemo.)
Because if you're going to change your mind every time you take a turn around the pond, you're better off dating your computer. Maybe you can find a virtual girl, who'll change her hair colour every week and introduce you to all her virtual friends.
Women don't skip introductions because they're insecure. Yes. Of course we check out other women in the room and their arm candy, but that's more out of curiosity than anything else. While stealing a friend's boyfriend might not be too difficult (following the `Men are like sheep' theory) it's really bad manners. And it also smacks of desperation. Besides, who wants to be seen as the wicked vamp (usually plagued with a bad stylist and hideously bright lipstick) anyway?
And trust me, women definitely don't keep their boyfriends hidden because they're afraid their friends will inflate their nostrils, sniff the air like Dobermans and collapse in a pool of mush cooing "Ooh. He smells so good!" After which, I suppose you men presume, they'll fall upon you with cries of joy like a pack of wolves.
The truth is, maybe you weren't introduced because she was too busy to get her friends together to meet you. Or maybe she's ashamed of you. (Still walking about with lunch on your tie?). Or maybe you're just the flavour of the month, and she doesn't want to bother with an introduction that'll be longer than your relationship.
But more likely than not, it's probably because she wants to get to know you better before she lets you into her circle of trust. And that's reasonable enough, isn't it?
(A fortnightly column on the battle of the sexes)