Part I provides reasons to exploit female vanity. It doesn’t address some miscellaneous benefits or after effects among men.
Vanity motivates women to do or not do other things. By elevating their sense of vanity to a much higher level of importance in their lives, women pressure themselves to avoid or prevent other self-pressures—such as overeating. For example, a friend coined this statement, “Vanity prevents blimps.” Its accuracy can be witnessed daily in our society, where vanity is demeaned as shameful.
I know. You want to blame men. They’re also careless and blimp-like. True, but remember this. As women goes so goes society. Women lead and men follow in setting values, such as social beliefs, manners, customs, standards, and expectations. If men are not ideal for individual women, then Womanhood needs to change so as to produce better men—indirectly, of course.
Imagine scales like those of justice. Women favor the lighter side in terms of effort. They weigh ease and convenience (e.g., hair care) against time and self-discipline (e.g., mirror time) and choose the former often to the virtual exclusion of the latter. Putting ease and convenience ahead of time and self-discipline produces unpredictable—and therefore untrustworthy—people.
In the world of men, unpredictable and untrustworthy women are good for sex and little else. Trust is a key component of respect, so untrustworthy character found in a woman is not easily respected, which means she is not easily loved. Yet, women expect to be loved and long for great love. So, in the final analysis, vanity helps women love themselves and also helps men trust, respect, and love them.
Some of you will complain that your man hates to be kept waiting while you primp and dress. Perhaps he lives by this thought: Keeping other people waiting on you is a sign of disrespect. But, it’s preventable. Let him give you a departure time, and you take the time out of your other activities to primp and be ready to depart at the designated time. Don’t do it for him. Do it for yourself. By making your preparations habitual, you make yourself proud for pleasing your man. You also dodge preparation complaints, prevent criticism, and otherwise prepare yourself to face the world as a trustworthy actual or potential spouse.
Long live vanity in Womanhood. It makes better men of us all.