Partners in Crime
sally mckenna x reader
warnings: daisyfllr fluff era
the room looked as sad as always. shut blinds and the boring old television.
i jerked slightly at the sound of a door someone practically bursting through the door.
“jesus sally” i said, realizing it was her.
she walked unsteady. left and right. wobbly.
worried, i walked towards her.
blood. that’s what i saw. trickles of blood on her forehead.
“what the hell happened?”
she gave me a look signaling i should just drop it. i sighed and walked to the bathroom for a towel and some water.
coming near her with a wet towel i sat in front of her.
“you know, whatever happened. you should’ve been more careful-“
“sally. i don’t wanna hear it. whatever anyone did. you need to promise me you’re gonna more careful next time, alright?”
she pouted and looked away.
“sal this is the fourth time this has happened this week.” i argued.
“come on. we used to make stupid promises everyday. just count this as one.”
i held out my pinky.
hesitantly she looked back at me. then my pinky. and held hers out.
“promise me you’ll be careful?”
with a huff she connected our pinkies and said.
“i’ll promise to be more careful from here on now.”
then we sealed it with a kiss on the thumb.
“now, lay back i need to wipe all that off.”
she did as told, and i walked beside her with a chair.
dipping the towel in water i smiled softly wiping the trickles of blood off her forehead.
i realized i had been unconsciously analyzing her features.
“you’re really pretty.”
she laughed dryly at my compliment.
“it’s not funny.”
“well, it wasn’t a joke.” i let out an airy chuckle. dipping the now red cloth with water once again.
she looked up to me with an eyebrow raised and a face full of confusion.
“why are you so nice to me?”
“everyone else either hates me or treats me like shit.”
“remember the first time i met you? you were at the bar observing everyone. and i had just went in.”
“where are you going with this?”
“could you please listen to me for a while?”
she clamped her mouth and i continued.
“i was young and naive of how evil people could be. walking to the bar i grabbed a drink. some guy walked up to me and started flirting. i thought i made it clear of how uncomfortable i was but- he didn’t get the hint.”
“but you came. i don’t know if it was something about me that made you go up to him and practically knock him dead. but i’ve always liked to think it was out of the goodness of your own heart.”
“god knows what could’ve happened if you didn’t do something.”
i put the now bloody wet cloth on my lap.
“that’s why i’m so nice to you. i don’t see you the way everyone else does. not the scary drunk blonde at the bar.” she smiled and poked my arm at the last sentence.
i smiled at her.
“i see you as sally. the loving drunk blonde.” she let out a laugh.
“i love you.”
we analyzed each other for what seemed like hours with one thing in mind.
‘partners in crime.’
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Why The Modern Woman Prefers Feminine Men: An Essay
There's lots of science behind this topic we can talk about facial aesthetics, we can talk about the characteristics that a man has that may cause him to be perceived as feminine and to be more sought after. We see this a lot in today's society, with big stars we see on TV like Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Cera, Harry Styles, and even back in the day, James Dean as masculine as he may have been seen in most cases. I'm here to talk to you about third-wave masculinity, what makes the feminine man so attractive and why women like him so much.
Breaking down some vocabulary words:
Masculinity- "Masculinity is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles associated with men and boys."
Femininity- "is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles generally associated with women and girls."
Third-Wave Masculinity- Do you remember the third wave of feminism? If not, let me tell you what it was really about third-wave feminism was really about challenging, questioning, reclaiming, and redefining societies ideas about certain things like gender beauty, gender fluidity, sexuality, femininity, masculinity. Third Wave masculinity is about the same but it's primarily focused on masculinity.
Toxic Masculinity- typically cultural concepts/ideas about how a man should behave and how he shouldn't. Toxic masculinity is when people shame a man for liking things we'd typically associate with women or girls. Toxic masculinity is when we perpetuate ideas about what a "real" or "manly" man should be.
Masculine Compensation- "Masculine overcompensation is the idea that men who are insecure about their masculinity will behave in an extremely masculine way as compensation." Now I really like this term because it perfectly captures what really happens when a man is insecure in his own masculinity. This term was created after a 2004 study done by Dr Robb Willer, a man if I might add.
What makes a man feminine?:
My answer to that question is lots of things, when it comes to physical features things like; well-groomed or arched brows, fuller lips, large eyes, strong cheekbones, longer eyelashes, longer hair, slender more softer features are all things I would perceive as feminine when looking at a man. Personality-wise, I'd say; compassionate, gentle, polite, emotional maturity, sensitive, etc.
What makes a feminine man attractive?:
This has to be my favorite question, and watch out because this might be a really long answer. Lots of studies show that women find feminine men more attractive than masculine men whether the reason is physical things like facial features and aesthetics or characteristics and personalities.
A 2010 experiment conducted by Faceresearch.org found that women in Europe and in the United States found men with feminine facial features to be more attractive. According to Daniel Kruger at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, facial masculinity possesses more testosterone and there is research that says that testosterone is directly linked with violence and cheating which may be why women are more trusting of softer features because we perceive them to be more trusting, as do children.
The result of fifteen years of research tells us constantly that women prefer masculine men for flings and non-committal situations but seek out more feminine men for long term relationships and marriage. The masculine man is generally perceived to be less committed compared to his feminine counterpart. Research shows us results that suggest that men with extremely masculine features tend to be perceived as cold, dishonest, violent, and uncooperative. Other research illustrates that feminine facial traits, even in men, signal warmth, honesty, and cooperativeness.
Still, reading? Good.
In an article on "The Wall Street Journal" titled "Why Women Don't Want Macho Men" the text states; "In another study of 2,100 Air Force veterans, men with testosterone levels one standard deviation above the mean were 43% more likely to get divorced than men with normal levels, 31% more likely to leave home because of marital problems, 38% more likely to cheat on their wives, and 13% more likely to admit that they hit or hurled things at them."
Women prefer feminine men because they typically do not trust the stereotypical masculine man and because they generally find him less attractive.
In a study conducted with 43 heterosexual women students at Princeton aged 18-23 and 88 more heterosexual women ages 18-69 women in both experiments, both online participants and students rated the male faces with feminine traits as more attractive than the distinctly masculine faces. The more masculine the computer-generated faces became the more unattractive they became to the female participants. There are way more experiments to back up this idea. The feminine man has become the ideal for the 21st-century man and you don't have to believe me but I would like it very much if you did.
Getting real real deep into these three terms; Third-wave masculinity, toxic masculinity, and masculine compensation:
We notice that in today's world we see an increase in men being allowed to experiment more with their looks and shed the scaley, icky skin that is gender norms. Boys are allowed to paint their nails, wear skirts and dresses, wear makeup, like flowers, express their emotions and talk about what types of things they struggle with. Which in my opinion, is a positive thing.
The traditional idea of what a man is supposed to be or what it means to be a "real" man is lethal men especially young ones. We're emerging out of the idea that a man or a boy should do anything in his power to avoid acting feminine or looking anything like a girl. We taught boys to suppress their emotions and support each other less especially those who enjoy feminine things, teaching boys to suppress their emotions results in emotional instability, emotional immaturity, a decline in mental health, and a very messed up next generation of young boys.
University Researcher Dr Robb Willer says that: "I found that if you made men more insecure about their masculinity, they displayed more homophobic attitudes, tended to support the Iraq War more and would be more willing to purchase an SUV over another type of vehicle," Willer also said: "Masculine overcompensation is the idea that men who are insecure about their masculinity will behave in an extremely masculine way as compensation. I wanted to test this idea and also explore whether overcompensation could help explain some attitudes like support for war and animosity to homosexuals,"
The reason I bring such things as fragile masculinity, toxic masculinity, and masculinity compensation up (which all go hand in hand, by the way, they're best friends) is because we see these types of mindsets prey after young men who choose to carry themselves in a feminine manner. And so this brings me to the end of this mini-essay and what you can gather is:
If you're a man, learn to start being secure in your own masculinity and express yourself, stop trying to fit into that tiny box that was created for you because I promise you all of you won't fit.
Feminine men are not losing, in fact, their winning. Respect them their the real sex gods and everyone wants to marry them lol
The female gaze is real. News flash! A woman's idea of what's attractive or considered desirable is just as important as we consider the male gaze.
" Men overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened, Cornell study shows"
"I’ve Always Prefered “Feminine” Men — Now I Know Why"
"Why Certain Women Prefer a Man Who's More Feminine"
"Why stereotypically ‘feminine’ faces are so attractive . . . on men"
"Why Women Don't Want Macho Men"
"Sensitive, shy, gawky. Ladies' man"
Stay Pretty, -𝓑
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