Oprah is promoting her show today with the headline "What Women Desire". I love that lead! It conjures so many possibilities and it gives me pause.
I am desirous of so many things. For example, I would like my once svelte & athletic physical body back; I would like to never worry about money again; I would like world peace; I would like one more great romance; I would like to be a published writer... and so on. Those are just the things I can think of right now.
Some days, I desire only to be left alone to enjoy my solitude; I desire to sign a large new advertiser; I desire a new car; I desire happiness and joy for my sons. We are complicated creatures and none of us is static. If we are, we die.
"What Women Desire" is probably a different consideration than the one posed in the Mel Gibson movie, "What Women Want". That was all about women from the male point of view; the man's confusion and attempt to sort through the mixed messages received. I think women know what they want at the time they want it. We are as adept at multi-wants or desires as we are at multi-tasking. Are desire and want the same thing? The words are somewhat interchangeable but I prefer to think of want as a demand and desire as a need. Like, in the movie, it's more about women making demands until the guy puts aside his insecurity, starts to really listen and learns what the true desire/want of his boss cum love object is. But, perhaps I split hairs?