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Despite what you might be thinking as a single guy, women do want to date you. In fact, they want to date you so much that they often go against their better judgment and overlook things to cut you some slack.
It might be your fondness for T-shirts that came with your last case of beer or a habit of quoting The Simpsons, but whatever your quirks are, trust us: the girls you are dating notice and are trying their best to see your better qualities.
Unfortunately, for every one of those special-to-you oddities that a woman is going to deal with on a case-by-case basis, there are definitely near-universal red flags women look for when sizing you up, especially on a first date. Obviously, you’ve all learned to be polite to the waitress, but there’s more to these red flags women look for than the basics of gentlemanly behaviour.
Read on for a rundown of red flags women look for and count against you.
1- Not taking “no” for an answer
Women are very aware of their own independence, and will be quick to get out of a situation when they feel that their decision-making isn’t being respected. You might think that encouraging her to have desert after she’s said “no” is showing that you want her to indulge, but what she’s hearing is that you aren’t taking her “no” for what it is — a choice she’s already made and is justified in sticking to. This is one of the red flags women look for because it can lead to more serious control issues.
2- Bad-mouthing others
Men often mistakenly regard women as gossip-mongers out to cut one another down, which could lead you to believe that you can do the same. Of course, joking about the time you and your buddies made fools of yourselves on that weekend trip to Prague is fine, but a woman won’t be impressed when you dish dirt on co-workers, family or friends, or criticise those close to you. Bad-mouthing others is one of our red flags women look for because the lack of loyalty that comes through with this type of gesture will only leave her wondering if she’s your next victim.
We have three more red flags women look for…