Male vs. Female Brains — A Halloween Lesson

by Jenny Hansen


The Little Bean has finally figured out what Halloween is all about.

Last year, she wore whatever I put on her and lined up her candy in cool patterns. This year, she’s figured out what candy actually is and she wants it bad. This year, my not-so-baby girl loves to discuss everything and she’s quite involved in all clothing decisions.

Note: We still have a fabulous fairy dress from last year’s costume, as well as a princess ball gown she got for her birthday. Mommy wants to use one of THOSE dresses.

Our conversations over the last few weeks:

Me: Do you want to be Cinderella or a fairy?
Her: I think…Alice in Wudderland.
Me: *rolls eyes at Daddy*


Me: Do you want to be a princess or Tinkerbell?
Her: I think…Alice in Wudderland.
Me: *grumbling* Why does she always pick the non-existent “Option C?!”

I start worrying about how to dig up an Alice in Wonderland outfit….


FINALLY, a few days ago…

Me: Who do you want to be for Halloween?
Her: I like Princess Sophia.
Me: Yes! *pumps fist*


But when you’re working full-time, carving pumpkins, remodeling your house and tricking out a Sophia the First costume, all in the same week, strange fashion statements get made…


The Hubs looks cute in a Sophia tiara..no?

And strange conversations ensue. Conversations that illustrate a clear divergence in the male/female though pattern…

Case in point:

My first five thoughts when I saw the photo above:

  1. Dang we’re tired…look at those red eyes!
  2. Hubby would make a fine looking woman.
  3. Wow, those are gorgeous blue eyes. *calls down the hall: Honey! Whatcha doing later?*
  4. I need to clean that ceiling vent in the hallway.
  5. That crown is going to look SO adorable on Baby Girl!

(I had more, but those were the first five.)

So, I go to Hubby and show him the photo.

And here, my friends, is the difference between men’s and women’s brains:

Me: What are your first thoughts when you look at this picture?
Him: Gay.
Me: That’s it? That’s all you’ve got?
Him: I look like I’m wearing eyeliner in that picture.
Me: Anything else come to mind when you look at it?
Him: Nope.
Me: Thanks, you just proved my point.

If you have any more questions about “manspeak,” read this post. If you just want to cut to the chase and watch the video, see below.


Did you assemble any Halloween costumes this week? What were they? What’s your theory on the male and female brain…same or different? Continue the discussion at the #SocialIn hashtag on Twitter or SocialInDC on Facebook!

~ Jenny


About Jenny Hansen

By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 15 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.

When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm. Jenny also writes the Risky Baby Business posts at More Cowbell, a series that focuses on babies, new parents and high-risk pregnancy.

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