You might fret that your waistline and your wardrobe are the barriers to bagging a bloke, but the problem could actually be your personality.
It’s harsh but true. And to be fair, earlier this week we took aim at the eight types of guys that women really hate, so consider this gender equality.
Below are the eight types of women guys will always stay away from.
If you recognise yourself, don’t fret too much.
They’re not deal-breakers, but they are red flags. You don’t need to change your personality, but perhaps you could be more aware of the ways you’re cheesing off the other half of the population.
1. THE MAN HATERHATER
Why she’s so unappealing: This is the woman who is abrasive from the first moment she meets a man. Everything about the male gender angers her. He’s confident; she sees it as cockiness. He cracks a joke; she thinks he’s a cheeseball. His shirt’s untucked; he’s an unkempt slob who can’t be trusted.
What to do if you are her: We get it. A man once broke your heart/cheated on you/did you wrong in general. He sucks, we agree. But he doesn’t represent all of the male race, so give us a break. You need to take a serious look at the cause of these feelings and change your tune.
2. THE BUNNY BOILER
Why she’s so unappealing: Everything’s a drama with this woman, and then it escalates to full-blown crazy. The term comes from Fatal Attraction, in which (spoiler alert) Glenn Close boils the pet rabbit of the man she’s obsessed with. But Bunny Boilers were around in spirit long before the term was coined, and you can bet they’ll continue to surface. She’s the girl whose love seems like touching devotion at first, but turns out to be a bit obsessive.
What to do if you are her: Cool it. Just chill right out when it comes to men. At least once in your life, there will be a man who’s just not that into you, no matter how much you want him to be. That’s life, and you have to accept what you can’t control. Put the bunny down.
3. THE PRINCESS
Why she’s so unappealing: On the surface, she’s not unappealing at all. In fact, in some men’s eyes, she’s just the ticket. But scratch the perfectly manicured surface (yes, the Princess even sleeps in make-up) and you’ll find drama, drama, drama. This high maintenance woman needs to be doted on like royalty. She gets everything she wants. And she won’t necessarily return the gesture.
What to do if you are her: You probably just need to find the right man. There are blokes out there who will be happy to be your prince (read: slave). But he just wants you because you’re hot. And if you’re complicit in this arrangement, you shouldn’t be surprised when he drops you for a newer model later on.
4. THE KISS AND TELL
Why she’s so unappealing: Call us insecure, but guys hate it when you talk about them to your friends. It’s our worst nightmare to think that you and your girlfriends might be gossiping about our relationship or sex life to people on the outside. Especially when we see these girls later and they have a knowing smile or a disapproving leer on their dial.
What to do if you are her: Understand that some things should stay behind closed doors. You and your friends are tight, we get that, and it’s human nature to talk about the major relationships in our lives. But some things are intimate and discretion is required. Next time you bring up your man with your girlfriends, ask yourself this question: Would I like it if he was talking to his friends about this? Also, try talking to your fella.You might be surprised by his insight.
5. THE WANNABE TROPHY
Why she’s so unappealing: A bit like the Princess, the Wannabe Trophy expects everything and doesn’t want to give much in return. She wants the man to pay for dinner, and he totally should if it’s the first date and he invited her out. But when the courtship continues and she’s still demanding the world, you’ve got a gold digger on your hands.
What to do if you are her: Maybe get a job? The reason you want a man to look after you is that you’re crap at looking after yourself. But you can’t rely on a man forever, especially when your only commodity is your appearance. Stand on your own two feet and learn to be self sufficient.
6. THE CLINGER
Why she’s so unappealing: When we ranked the worst types of boyfriends this week, the Needy Guy was at the very bottom of the pile. The Clinger is his female equivalent. She is overly emotional, shares all her feelings from the start and needs constant reassurance about your relationship status. That means lots of text messages, phone calls and I Love Yous. Ugh.
What to do if you are her: Confidence is key. If your connection with a man is working, don’t fret if he doesn’t confirm it with an Emoji-laden text message every hour on the hour. Trust your instincts and give him some breathing room.
7. THE OVER THINKER
Why she’s so unappealing: What did he mean when he said I looked pretty today? What did he mean when he said my colleague Sarah seems like a nice girl? We’ve been going out for two weeks; why haven’t I met any of his friends? If you’re filling your mind with these questions, you’re over thinking it. And it’s a pain, because invariably you’ll go to the man for your answers, and he thinks your questions are psycho and unnecessary.
What to do if you are her: You are over-complicating men. Women have a propensity for cloaking their thoughts a little, whereas blokes tend to say exactly what they mean. So just open your ears and hear what he’s saying. You do look pretty, your colleague Sarah is a nice girl, and it’s only been two weeks, so chill out. There’s no mystery to what he’s saying.
8. THE FRIEND HATER
Why she’s so unappealing: Even with ticks in all the other boxes, the perfect woman will be let down by her inability to get along with a guy’s mates. Just like you, men love their friends. So they don’t want to hear you badmouthing or criticising them for no reason. It’s the worst.
What to do if you are her: What’s your problem with his friends exactly? Do you genuinely think they’re bad for your man or are you just an uppity snob? Either way, you should probably rethink this relationship altogether. Like attracts like in male friendships, so your beau is probably not that different to the guys he hangs out with. And don’t try to steal him from his mates. You’ve got a lot going for you, but there are attributes in his mates that you will never be able to replace.