In the grand tapestry of human interactions, some habits tend to crop up more frequently than we’d like. With the help of social media, we’ve gathered the insights of many users who’ve been navigating the sometimes perplexing habits exhibited by the male half of the population. While these habits may not be universal, they certainly pop up often enough to make women wish they’d disappear like a magician’s rabbit. So, let’s dive into this slide show, where we explore 11 common habits men have that many women wish they’d ditch. From unsolicited “help” to beard hair shavings in the sink, we’re in for a humorous and enlightening ride.
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#1 Rushing to Help Without Being Asked
“I’m in a bike repair class. It’s about 5 women and 20 men. Every time a woman starts fixing her own bike (WHICH WE ARE THERE TO LEARN) at least three men rush over with their tools to “help.” Let me do it my goddamn self.”
Many women agree that some men have a tendency to swoop in and offer assistance without being requested. While the intention may be good, it can leave women feeling like they aren’t trusted to handle tasks independently.
#2 Talking Over People in Meetings
“I get over-talked in meetings and I am in no way quiet or shy or soft spoken. I have had men restate what I said in a loud voice, and just last Friday, had a man incorrectly explain to another man, ( in a 3 person meeting, just me and the two men, that was expressly called for me to explain something that I specialize in) something I had just said. Like as an aside, he explained like he was correcting me to the other guy. I said, no, I am absolutely sure that I am right, and corrected him.”
Some women shared their experiences of being interrupted and misrepresented in professional settings. It can be frustrating when women’s voices are drowned out, or their expertise is questioned. For most women, it’s not about seeking the spotlight; it’s about being acknowledged for their knowledge and experience, just as their male counterparts are.
#3 Asking Questions and Ignoring Answers
“Asking women questions and ignoring the answers.”
Asking women questions and then ignoring their answers is a baffling yet common habit some men have. It’s as if the questions were rhetorical, and the answers merely background noise. This habit leaves women feeling unheard and their opinions dismissed.
#4 Overstuffing the Dishwasher
“Loading the dishwasher like a raccoon on meth.”
Some men have a unique strategy that involves waiting till there are no clean dishes left, stacking plates precariously, wedging oversized pots into the smallest spaces, and refusing to load items in an organized manner. Women who’ve encountered this habit are not asking for perfectly aligned dishes but simply for a more efficient and logical approach.
#5 Not Acknowledging That Anger Is an Emotion
“Anger IS an emotion.”
Anger is an emotion, and acknowledging it as such is crucial. However, some men tend to dismiss or invalidate women’s anger as if it were an inconvenience. Many women wish for the recognition that their anger is a valid emotional response.
#6 Mistaking Kindness for Flirting
“Mistaking my kindness for flirting. It’s literally part of my job to be helpful. It doesn’t mean I want to bang you.”
Mistaking kindness for flirting is a classic scenario. Women who are naturally helpful, whether it’s part of their job or their personality, often find themselves on the receiving end of misinterpreted intentions. The desire here is for kindness to be seen as just that – a kind gesture – rather than a romantic advance.
#7 Bathroom Sink Beard Confetti
“Leaving beard hair shavings in the bathroom sink.”
Beard maintenance is a personal affair, but cleaning up afterward is a critical responsibility. Some users have humorously noted that beard hair shavings in the sink are not an appealing sight.
#8 Blaming Women for Disrespect
“Blaming women for reacting to their disrespect.”
When women stand up for themselves or express their discomfort, they don’t wish to be blamed for their responses. Instead, they hope for mutual respect and understanding. Remember, respect should always be a two-way street.
#9 Feigned Incompetence in Household Chores
“Cleaning and cooking are learned skills. Get off your lazy a** and learn to fend for yourself.”
Cleaning and cooking are skills that are learned, not inherently tied to gender. Men are equally capable of learning and contributing to these tasks without feigning incompetence.
#10 Dismissing Criticism with “Get a Sense of Humor”
“Telling you to get a sense of humor when you call them out on being mean.”
When men are called out for unkind or mean-spirited comments, they sometimes respond with, “Get a sense of humor.” Many women, instead, hope for accountability and kindness rather than being told to laugh off hurtful remarks. Humor should never be a cover for unkindness.
#11 Using “Women” as a Derogatory Term for Weakness
“Calling men they deem weak ‘women.'”
Misusing gender labels, such as calling men they consider weak “women,” is a habit that women find disrespectful and offensive. Such comments can perpetuate harmful stereotypes and undermine the value of both genders. Most women wish for an end to such derogatory language and the recognition that strength and weakness are not gender-specific attributes.
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