What are the things that men do that are an immediate turnoff to women? Anne Coyle and Ellen Rakieten tackle that question in their new book, "Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't be Dating or Having Sex."
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WAS IT SOMETHING I DID?
WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID?
WAS IT SOMETHING I WORE?
YES, YES, AND YES
We've all heard the story a million times. A nice single girl has been hearing about this guy for weeks. "He's a great guy! He's fun! He's smart and really well read. He's not George Clooney, but he's cute. My brother LOVES him!"
The guy calls the girl, and they arrange to meet for dinner. He has a nice voice and she's feeling really good about this one. As she waits for him at the bar, she allows herself to fantasize that this might be the day that she will remember as "the moment," the moment he walked in and she knew he was the one…
And then he walks in. Sporting hair plugs. Hey, that's okay, she thinks. I'm a person of depth. I mean, I'm not really a fan, but maybe once we start talking I can move beyond it...
Or not. Somewhere between the unending sports metaphors ("Let's say we move the ball forward and get a table!") and the reveal of a large black cell phone strapped to his pleated Dockers, things are not looking good.
After he orders his second Long Island Iced Tea, she realizes the only thing that could pull her out of this death spiral is his confessing that he is in fact a French Count impersonating a complete loser as an assignment for an acting class.
But no, that doesn't happen. This happens…the Mother of All Undateables. He pushes back his chair, stands up, and without a moment of hesitation, out it comes: "I'll be back. I gotta take a dump."
Let's face it. Women are complicated creatures, and at times hard to understand. But the reality is, there's an unspoken list of things men say, wear, or do that will pretty much guarantee that the girl you just took out to dinner won't ever want to see you again. Or if she does, it will be to tell you that she "just wants to be friends."
These are the mistakes that render men UNDATEABLE. And the sad part is, you guys usually don't have a clue what happened.
We know you've been there. There's this fantastic girl you like. She's pretty, funny, smart, and caring. She's single. She's friendly. But you can't crack the code. You ask yourself...What's going on here? Was it something I said? (YES!) Was it something I did? (YES!) Was it something I wore? (YES! YES! YES!)
We interviewed hundreds of smart, funny, normal women from all walks of life and asked them for their lists of Undateables, the things that turned a guy from a MAYBE into a NO WAY. Some answers were more obvious (readjusting the "family jewels" over drinks), while others were randomly brilliant (owning a cat), and some we never saw coming (using the phase "my lover").
Now, for the first time, we're giving you the never-before-revealed "list," a brutally honest collection of things men do to turn women off. The book is broken down into three main parts: What Not to Wear, What Not to Say, and What Not to Do. In these chapters, we will be listing, in excruciating written and visual detail, the actual mistakes made by millions of men that stop them from romantically connecting with women.
These mistakes will also be rated, from the fairly innocent to the completely hideous, and an icon to indicate the seriousness of the offense will accompany each rating level.
Perhaps, after reading the first few pages, you'll think we're just a bunch of uptight, judgmental nightmares. And maybe we are. But make no mistake … we love men. And because we love you, we need to tell you the truth. We need to tell you what all those women who aren't returning your calls or who "just want to be friends" don't have the heart to tell you themselves.
SO FOR ANY GUY WHO'S EVER WONDERED, "WHAT DID I DO?"
HERE'S WHAT YOU DID…