What men should know: (here's the deal, y'all)
First, this is one of those movies like Pride and Prejudice, that is going to instantly impress women if you say you've seen it. If you can come up with a quote or discuss a favorite scene (sorry, the ending doesn't count) she'll be amazed and you'll score some big points.
There isn't a woman in the world who doesn't want to be Scarlett surrounded at the barbecue by a dozen smitten suitors. (Sorry, it's built in; we can't help it.) You didn't really believe the feminists, did you?
We never really outgrow the little girl desire for giant fancy, princessy dresses that we can twirl in.
Sometimes we are desperate to be rescued by a man, but when it comes down to it we can do whatever needs to be done. (We are not always aware of it...very much like our heroine.) This sometimes surprises us.
We know that men like their women with a little "sass" even if they act like they don't.
Sometimes we just want to slap somebody.
We need to be "kissed often, and by someone who knows how."
We like "dashing" men. We've never seen this in any modern man but we are sure that we would like it if we did.
We are much more concerned with what other women think of us than the opinion of men.
We all love Rhett because he breaks the rules and encourages Scarlet to be scandalous.
We all love Rhett because he respects Melanie's goodness and always treats her like a lady (I never said we were going to be rational).
We like men who believe in something.
We often feel like if we could just get home, everything would be alright.
We SO want chivalry not to be dead.
And finally, we are all thoroughly confused as to what Scarlett sees in Ashley Wilkes once Rhett Butler arrives on the scene. Leslie Howard over Clark Gable??? We just don't get it.
And a Few Lessons For the Girls:
It might be a good idea to know how to deliver a baby.
Don't drink alone in the afternoon. "People always find out and it ruins the reputation."
Perfume makes dreadful mouthwash.
Always make sure you are alone with your object of desire before pledging your undying love and making a complete fool of yourself.
It's probably best not to throw vases and whatnot in other people's homes.
Don't live in the past.
It isn't nice to steal your sister's fiance.
Sometimes in life, you have to do whatever it takes.
Break some rules.
Don't beat the horse until it's dead.
When the enemy invades it is useless to lock the front door.
Do your own packing.
You are tougher than you think.
and of course...
Tomorrow IS another day and the topic will be; Scarlett and Melanie: The Southern Female Paradox.