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by Danielle Belton aka The Black Snob

When women are complaining about men, they’re actually not talking about “all men.” They’re talking about very specific “gentlemen” who make life hell for everyone. And the complaints are not only coming from the ladies. The men that women complain about are often the same men other men complain about (yet sometimes irrationally defend out of some misplaced solidarity). The fact is a guy incapable of telling the truth and being reliable might not just be a plague on the women he dates but society as a whole.

Here are the seven men who make not just dating, but society, a much more treacherous place.

1) The Escape Artist: A common plague upon all of society, the Escape Artist is the epitome of passive aggressive; by disengaging from dealing with his responsibility he leaves behind nothing but the aggression you feel towards him.

Example? Think every verse of The Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.”

Who is he? Your father who bailed on you and your mother rather than taking on the responsibility of child-rearing and honoring his familial obligations.

Who does he affect? Everyone. It’s one thing for one’s parents to break up, but still maintain a healthy relationship with her father as an important part of her life. It’s a whole other when he just disappears, as if you or your mother never mattered at all. Women talk about the Escape Artist a lot because he breaks our hearts with his absence and leaves our children constantly wondering why they weren’t enough for him to stick around. But men are equally affected by his wrath – if you’re the son of the Escape Artist you have the same abandonment issues your sisters have. While many are able to cope and move on to healthy productive lives, there’s always the tragedy of those who don’t cope and find themselves repeating the same cycle of broken homes and abandonment because it is all they know.

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