11 Inappropriate Things Men Say Vs. What Women Hear

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11 Inappropriate Things Men Say Vs What Women Hear

By Ashleigh Haughton

We all know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. A lot of our perceptions that men and women are different relate to the things that each gender loses in translation when they communicate.

While some things that men say might seem innocent to them, to women, they come across as major “red flags.”

Here are 11 things men say on dates that women interpret completely differently.

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1. “Females...”

How many times do women have to explain that men shouldn’t say this?

The word “female” is an adjective. Using this word as a noun, in place of proper words for female human beings, like “woman,” “lady,” or “girl,” is degrading and dehumanizing.

When you refer to women as “females,” we just hear you objectifying us. You are reducing our entire being down to the one simple fact that we own vaginas. 

2. “I like women with a sense of humor.”

We read this phrase as, “I like to say sexist, misogynistic, and homophobic things as 'jokes.' And I just want to let you know up front so you don’t lose your mind when I inevitably offend you.”

3. “Can you cook?”

Typically, the men who say this are just looking for women to replace their mothers. Sir, you’re a grown man, so can you cook? How have you nourished yourself the past ten years?

If a woman isn’t a top chef, are you going to write her off? And if she can cook, is her “place” in the kitchen like a 60s housewife? To women, this question translates directly to, “I’m lazy and want a woman to take care of me, even though I’m old enough to care of myself.”

4. “What are you?”

If you hear this as a non-white woman, it probably completely turns you off. What black women, in particular, hear when men say this is, “If I knock you up, will my hypothetical daughter still have those sexy Eurocentric features?”

Men need to remember that the concept of “foreign” is completely subjective, and the idea of “exotic” is bogus.

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5. “I’m a good guy.”

This statement directly translates to, “I lack basic communication skills. I have an inability to grow as a person. I’m stubborn, and there’s a slim chance that we have anything in common. But I’m a nice guy, so none of that other stuff really matters.”

The type of guy who says this probably also screams, “This is why you can’t get a good man!” when a woman isn’t interested in him. 

6. “I don’t believe in feminism.”

Translation: “I don’t like women correcting me when I’ve said or done something inappropriate.”

7. “You’re still single because you didn’t give me a chance.”

When guys say this, we actually hear, “I have lots of unattractive qualities, but if you’re desperate enough, you can still come ride this d***.”

Men, you should know that every night when a woman curves you on social media, she would rather go to bed lonely than be with you. 

8. “I don’t like women who wear too much makeup.”

We hear, “I’m a misogynist and like to pit women against each other for sport.”

9. “You’re so ___ for a woman.” 

This one has so many variations, but every single one is sexist. “You’re really good at [random skill/talent] for a woman.” “You be goin’ real hard for a woman.” “You know a lot about [random topic] for a woman.”

Man up, and realize that backhanded compliments don’t count as compliments.

10. “You should smile more.”

If I had a penny for every time a man told me that I need to smile, I’d be a billionaire by now.

Many men think that everything a woman does is for them. What we really hear when you tell us to smile more often is, “Smile at me because that means you want me.” 

11. “My ex was crazy.”

In other words, “I treated her terribly and I’m pretending the downfall of the relationship was her fault.” This completely foreshadows what you’re going to say about us if the relationship doesn’t work out.

Trashing your ex is not only unattractive, but it also leads us to wonder what you did to lead to the demise of the relationship. Did she really have “issues,” or did you play with her emotions and then gaslight her when she called you out?

If you’re a woman, you’re probably no stranger to hearing these sexist, derogatory comments from men on your dates. The next time you hear a man talk to you this way, walk away like the strong, proud woman you are.

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Ashleigh Haughton is a writer who focuses on relationships, dating, and love. For more of her relationship content, visit her Twitter page.

This article was originally published at Unwritten. Reprinted with permission from the author.