God Is A Woman

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Comedian Ian Coburn relives his funniest dating failures in the best dating advice book geared toward both sexes. Ian shares lessons learned from his embarrassing escapades and tackles some of the biggest questions men and women have about each other: Do guys know they favor one breast over the other? Why do women like jerks? Why don't guys call? Why don't women call back? What's the best away to approach a woman at a bar? Why are men so bad at reading signals? He also admits that it's harder to be a woman than a...
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Overview

Comedian Ian Coburn relives his funniest dating failures in the best dating advice book geared toward both sexes. Ian shares lessons learned from his embarrassing escapades and tackles some of the biggest questions men and women have about each other: Do guys know they favor one breast over the other? Why do women like jerks? Why don't guys call? Why don't women call back? What's the best away to approach a woman at a bar? Why are men so bad at reading signals? He also admits that it's harder to be a woman than a man and tells why.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780978797959
  • Publisher: WingSpan Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Comedian-turned-screenwriter Ian Coburn was one of the most highly sought standup acts on the comedy circuit throughout the nineties. He still boasts the industry record 106-straight weeks on the road. Ian has written two feature length screenplays for hire along with nine of his own. He writes fast, knocking off some topnotch scripts in less than a week. His manager is currently negotiating the options of two of his scripts while he is developing a third with Davis Entertainment (Predator; Flight of the Phoenix; I, Robot.) Ian is also under consideration for a staff writing position on a newly pitched television series. His scripts have won screenwriting contests, including HSI's competition.

Standup comedy and the road shaped Ian's life and personality... it also gave him some crazy dating stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2007

    Too Much Empty Sex Leads to Nothing but Empty Sex

    Ian opens this book early on with the most important lesson in the book, and one which pua's and other authors like Neil Strauss and Mystery would have benefited greatly by experiencing, as well, but didn't. After working early in his career with a comedian who sleeps with 3 different women in one day, Ian remarks, 'And he was still on the prowl! I learned that sex can become a drug for a lot of these guys...I never wanted sex to be like eating a donut or sipping a beer...Too much empty sex - sex for the sake of simply having sex - leads to nothing but empty sex highly undesirable.' He decided early on not to become victim to his own sexual desires - which has clearly happened to the pua leaders (you have to sleep with 1000 women or something to become one, which I don't even believe any of them really have.) He goes on to state that there is a difference between adoring women and adoring sex and that some men who adore sex are actually very hostile toward women. I would say this description accurately depcits popular womanizers like Neil Strauss, Mystery and Tucker Max, who all seem destined to having empty, meaningless sex for the rest of their lives. Unlike pua's, Ian does not preach about prescribed lines or dozens of defintions he is about theory - like how to flirt or develop a sense of humor - and gives clear examples of how he developed these skills and how all guys can. For instance, he breaks down humor simply and tells dorks directly why women don't get their jokes. 'The roots of humor are relativity and logic. People have to be able to relate to the topic to find the joke funny, which is why many women don't laugh at Star Trek jokes most don't watch the show. He goes on to describe all the elements of humor. He does this with flirting, breaking the ice, making a move, yada yada yada Ian covers it all. It's not just a bunch of lines like in pua manuals it's the tools to develop what you need to be successful. Most importantly, Ian explains the female perspective. Pua books and web sites don't do that because they don't really know. Ian helps guys to know what women are thinking and more importantly, feeling - 'Women act on emotion, often making decisions based on how they feel, not what they think. Oftentimes, their minds later second guess the decision, resulting in them experiencing confused emotions. It must be a dizzying experience and one which guys need to be sensitive to in order to maintain a relationship or even get a date (sometimes women avoid even meeting a guy because they are tired of experiencing the forthcoming mixed bag of second-guessing emotions - 'Should I have given him my number? Will he call? Do I really want to go out with him?').'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2007

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!

    Very well written book!! This book gives great advice, presented in a way that cannot be found anywhere else from a person who experienced many rejections and had the guts to share those `failures¿. I felt that the last chapter did not quite tie in to why God is a Woman, however, the book in its entirety paints a pretty good picture of the `how¿s¿ and `why¿s¿ men and women sometimes can have the same dating goals and not see the indicators. Many books will give great advise on identifying those social indicators, however, what sets this book apart is his advise on how to discern observed behavior (why guys use lines, how to see signs if a relationship is truly platonic, why women fall for jerks, indicators that a woman is really interested, etc.) and how to handle each `failed¿ situation without being deceitful or manipulative. For the female reader, this is a great book to get into the mindset of men. For me, this book gave me some great insight on how to interact with women without being untrue to myself. I find it interesting that he has the hard earned opportunity to become a famous comedian but chose to become a writer. Who would have thought that a comedian has the same dating woes as the next man (or woman)? In a humorous, autobiographical way, I enjoyed his insights on developing better interpersonal and self reflective skills to overcome fear of rejection most importantly, to accept that failures are a part of success. Want more meaningful relationships and personal fulfillment? READ THIS BOOK!!! Some things are common sense (protection, preparation,etc.), some things are not so common sense (need to read the book).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2007

    God Is a Woman: Dating Disasters

    As a college student, I found this book to be invaluable. The stories are very funny, using some very honest graphic descriptions to put you inside a guy's head and keep them very honest. Yet, there is also some really good advice. It's a great balance. For example, the author describes how he prepares to fight a group of guys planning to take advantage of a drunk coed. But he's drunk, so he shadow boxes and punches and does the karate kid kick in front of the guys and the girl, to warm up. He rescues her and gives some excellent advice on how women can stay away from such a situation. Then later he describes another story where he and a drunk women end up back at his place and start to fool around. She passes out undressed and he stops but describes honestly about how he thought about continuing. He realizes it's easier to end up in a date rape situation than he ever thought. Then he gives guys excellent advice on how not be in that situation and the dangers of ending up drunk alone with a drunk woman and the serious impact it can have. It's a must read for college students, for both the humor and the tips. Think of it as tough chick lit. if you're a girl and great advice on how to talk and interest women if you're a guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    Male Cosmo writing for AFC

    I watched the author in a TV interview and decided to pick up his book. He's a 40ish part-time comedian, seems like a nice guy, who writes about bad dates and the many mistakes he's made and tried to learn from. Alot of people will recognize things they've seen and done and relive the moments. I'm sure older men will like and be able to relate to this book, but for me it's too generic and outdated for me due to the age difference. On the plus side, everyone loves a bad date story, and he has quite a few about his clumsy moves. Some of the writing and events were pretty funny. On the down side, the advice is beta male innuendos, sort of basic Male Cosmo stuff that is common sense, and definitely not going to change your ability with women. If you're in your twenties, or already do well with women, skip this one. Divorced and forty, it's good to buy for a few laughs. In this genre, check out recommends The Game and Brett Tate's The Professional Bachelor Dating Guide - How to Exploit Her Inner Psycho. The first is a fascinating story about dysfunctional guys picking up women. The latter is a technique book, written by a hilarious nightclub prowling psych doc, and is filled with more effective seduction advice for Alpha Males. As an added bonus, I found the author seriously off the wall, intelligent, and witty. Don't pick and choose, get all 3 books. Their cheap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2007

    Worth Every Word Of Praise

    This book is getting tons of praise via word of mouth. It deserves all of it. Unlike every other dating advice book, this one doesn't preach manipulation, deceit, or any of that garbage, which is just horrible advice. Rather, it teaches both sexes how not to be pushovers, be confident, develop a sense of humor, be mysterious, hold a conversation, break the ice, yada yada yada, it covers everything literally everything. Even if you don't want dating advice, it works as a book of just hilarious dating stories. It's also very well-written. This book is going to be big, I predict, along with many others who have predicted the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    Makes Me Not Want to Date

    This book makes me not want to date! The stories make me want to go running and screaming to a convent. The author describes how he actually almost date rapes a girl, or more or less tries to have sex with her even though she's passed out from a night of drinking. He goes on to try to determine why girls give him the cold shoulder, but fails to realize that maybe the women are genuinely not interested in him. The book gives the overall advice to appear witty and you can talk any woman into bed. Makes me honestly believe men will sleep with any skank.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    God Is a Woman: Dating Disasters

    Ian delivers a direct and witty insight on the dating game. The direct impulse of his writing style states he doesn't hold back his mistakes or his success. He certainly didn't appear as some sort of Harlequin Romance Novel Guy that could just make ladies fall for him instantly with the flexing of his biceps or whip out a wad of cash. Instead, Ian takes you on his funny and insane journey on how he developed a system of beliefs on meeting ladies. I think this book gears more towards helping men since his work is autobiographical however, women could certainly read a very direct account of what happens in a guy's mind. Ian concludes it boils down to confidence and withstanding numerous rejections. I enjoyed Ian's observations that didn't read like a Maxim 'land a woman in 3 catch phrases', and how sit-com writers are compelled to write stories about how women are always right, even when they are wrong. I wish I was armed with knowledge like this years ago, and I could have been cured of NGB (Nice Guy But...) Syndrome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    I Loved It!

    From a women's point of view, this book may come across as sexist and degrading to women. While the stories are humorous and often paint the author as an ill-equipped male with bad judgment and somewhat poor timing, you can't help but feel there's a bit of male piggish ness tied into each chapter. With that being said. I LOVED IT! Looking beyond the above, there is actually suddle advice that women shouldn't misinterpret, but rather learn from. This book made me laugh out loud as I reflected on my past dating experiences as well as caused me to feel a little guilty that I myself have pulled some of the ¿female stunts¿ that the author discusses about his experiences. The lack of censorship and use of open honesty only adds to the humor of this book. I enjoyed the listings of lessons to be learned in each chapter and looked forward to the ¿quickies¿. This book only gets funnier the more you read it and I recommend it to anyone who¿s ever dated the opposite sex. I must add that I¿m glad that I was not a girl whom aided in helping Ian write a chapter¿ yet¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    God Is a Woman: Dating Disasters

    From a women's point of view, this book may come across as sexist and degrading to women. While the stories are humorous and often paint the author as an ill-equipped male with bad judgment and somewhat poor timing, you can't help but feel there's a bit of male piggish ness tied into each chapter. With that being said. I LOVED IT! Looking beyond the above, there is actually suddle advice that women shouldn't misinterpret, but rather learn from. This book made me laugh out loud as I reflected on my past dating experiences as well as caused me to feel a little guilty that I myself have pulled some of the ¿female stunts¿ that the author discusses about his experiences. The lack of censorship and use of open honesty only adds to the humor of this book. I enjoyed the listings of lessons to be learned in each chapter and looked forward to the ¿quickies¿. This book only gets funnier the more you read it and I recommend it to anyone who¿s ever dated the opposite sex. I must add that I¿m glad that I was not a girl whom aided in helping Ian write a chapter¿ yet¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    Entertaining Reading

    God is a Woman: Dating Disasters by comedian Ian Coburn is a must-read for anyone, particularly those of the male persuasion, trying to plod their way through the often frustrating, confounding, yet wonderful and exhilarating world of Dating. Ian relates, in an easy-to-read, conversational style, his misadventures with the opposite sex, all from the unique perspective of the touring stand-up comic. Ian fills each ¿disaster¿ with ample doses of zest, humor, honesty, and in some instances, explicit detail. Compiled during ten years on the road, his stories run the gamut form amusing and entertaining, to down right bizarre and stranger than fiction. Each story concludes with a list of lessons learned from that particular experience. Very effective are the ¿Quickies¿ ¿ tidbits of dating and relationship advice offered between chapters. In particular, the Quickie on rejection is quite valuable and is applicable to areas of one¿s life outside that of dating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2006

    About Time

    I thought for days about what I wanted to write about this book, to get it right. Here are my thoughts: It's about time someone wrote a book like this. It holds no punches. It's laugh out loud funny. It offers hands down the best advice for dating and sex that you'll ever find. I've read it three times straight. Everyone needs to read this book. Things make so much more sense after reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Graphic but great!

    Given the fact that I only know the author as an opponent on the other side of a beach volleyball net, this book took me by surprise in many aspects. Its raw openness and insight were amazing and I was entertained by each scenario and 'quickie'. Some of the graphic and very detailed descriptions of this quick read made me squirm but I think I did that because they hit so close to home or my womanly ways could relate in a way that made me uncomfortable. I liked the insight and the lessons learned from each encounter. There are points where I laughed out loud and said, 'Oh, no you didn't' and was impressed with the take home messages. Since God is a Woman, I doubt that the author will ever beat me on the volleyball court but hopefully he'll continue to write.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    God Is a Woman: Dating Disasters

    I got this book because of the cover, which is the best I've ever seen on a book. It looked funny plus it acknowledges that God is a woman, so how could I resist? As a woman in my early twenties, I found I wanted to deny some of what the author said and got defensive. But it's all true. He does a good job differentiating between types of women. Other books I've checked out always treat women the same, like we're all brainless twits who will fall for a guy if he makes us feel self-conscientious. Sorry guys, not true. He also gives a lot of good advice to girls. What was most interesting was that he doesn't want to be a jerk, he just suddenly is one, and then he fixes it. Other books tell guys to be jerks. Overall, it was refreshing and very funny. This is the only book I've ever bothered to write a review for so that says plenty, I guess. I read books for guys on dating because I want to know what I'm up against!

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