I stated that the purpose of this blog was to try to provide truthful information to people about what living in Dickinson, North Dakota, is like. Women in Dickinson, North Dakota, are significantly different from women elsewhere. I feel the need to explain this, not so that I can say cruel things about women in Dickinson, but to let people from out of state know what to expect.
As I have said elsewhere in this blog, there are way more men in Dickinson than women. If you come to Dickinson, you will see that there is a shortage of women. For most people, this is an additional unpleasant thing about Dickinson, in addition to seven months of cold grey weather, lack of places to shop, lack of entertainment, lack of things to do, over zealous DUI citations, and the fact that Dickinson residents and your co-workers from Dickinson do not like people from out of state.
Day after day after day in Dickinson, I go to the gas station, to work, to the grocery store, to the hardware store, to other stores, and I don’t see any pretty women. It gets depressing. I wonder to myself,”What has happened to the Earth?” It is like I am stuck in some apocalyptic movie, living in some dreary, barren land, after some kind of devastating disaster. It’s like I’m on some kind of prison planet. I might as well be in prison, there are mostly men here, not any women. The hardships in Dickinson, make me feel like I am living through the Great Depression, like I’m a refugee during a war, or that I have been put in prison for some kind of crime. Like I said before, if you want to know what living in Dickinson will be like, you need to watch the movies “The Grapes of Wrath”, “Deliverance”, and “Planet of the Apes”.
One of the reasons why you don’t see many pretty women in Dickinson, is because, there aren’t very many. When I lived in warm states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona, women were very concerned with how they looked, they were even competitive about it. In states with warm climates, there are so many more opportunities to go out, for recreation, socializing, entertainment, business. In warm states, people ride bikes, walk, jog, play tennis, play golf, surf, water ski, roller blade, swim, sun bathe. In warm states, people go to movies, plays, concerts, cook outs, cruises, dinner parties, drinks after work. In all of the aforementioned recreational and social activities in the warm states, the women are concerned with how they look. They want to look good in their bathing suit, their golf outfit, their dinner dress, their party dress. The women look forward to shopping for clothes and planning what they will wear.
Without trying to go too deep into the psychology of why women do what they do, in warm states, women want to look good, they try to look good. The women enjoy getting attention from men, they enjoy getting noticed. The women enjoy getting admired for their jewelry and clothing. Women in warm states read “Vogue”, “Vanity Fair”, “Cosmopolitan”, and “People”, in order to see what clothes other women are wearing, what accessories they have, how they are wearing their hair. In warm states, women go to the gym, exercise, diet, pay attention to what they are eating, in order to maintain and improve their appearance.
One of the reasons why women are competitive about how they look in the warm states, is because there are about equal numbers of men and women. The women would like to be able to get the boyfriend or the husband that they want, but there is competition for the better males. In order to be able to get one of the better males, each woman has to try to be more attractive than the other women who are seeking his attention.
In Dickinson, most of the women do not ride bikes, jog, play tennis, play golf, roller blade, swim, or water ski. It is too cold to do outdoor activities for seven months of the year. In Dickinson, most of the women do not go to plays, dinner parties, or drinks after work. What I am saying is, most of the women in Dickinson do not exercise, they do not go out, they do not have any place to go, therefore, they do not care how they look, they do not care very much about what they wear, and rather than being competitive about looking good, I actually think that they are competitive about looking bad.
In Dickinson, I think that the women that are from here, try to look bad. One possible reason why women from Dickinson try to look bad, is so that they will be left alone by the men. There is nothing to do in Dickinson, and nowhere to go, what is the use in a woman looking good in Dickinson, it’s not like she’s looking forward to getting asked out on a date, there is nowhere to go. Why would they want to look attractive? They are not really looking forward to some guy in Dickinson trying to mount them. As far as women being in competition with other women for the better males, I can just hear some woman from Dickinson in her North Dakota accent saying, “I don’t want him, you can have him,…no you can have him,….no, you can have him.”
A second reason why women in Dickinson try to look bad, is to get along with other women and to have solidarity with other women. All of the women have decided that they are going to be anywhere from thirty pounds to one hundred pounds over weight. If all the women do this, the men won’t really know the difference. So when the men in Dickinson see big overweight women, with baggy loose clothing, and unkempt hair, the men think nothing of it, because that is what they are used to seeing. The buffalo are big, the cows are big, the women are big.