Belching? Gross. Wearing a wrinkled shirt on date night? Unsightly. Bringing up your ex? Distasteful. Fellas, without a doubt, all of the above will get under a girl's skin -- but if you possess basic manners, you probably already knew that (and hopefully refrain from doing them).
But were you aware that many women won't want to sleep with you if your coffee order is too complex? Or if you don't proofread your text messages? I'm letting you in on a secret: it's the strange little things you do without thinking that could annihilate your chance of landing her digits, let alone a date.
To help, I asked a pool of 30 ladies to name particularly bizarre habits, actions, and tendencies of men that make females recoil. And to ensure their comments weren't just personal opinions, each mention making it to print was agreed upon by at least two additional women.
Unmanly, ungentlemanly behavior
"If you're scared of bugs, be a man and pretend you're not. I sure as hell am not going to be the one to kill that cockroach." -- Julie, 29
"Men who start fights with each other, verbally and physically. If I'm at a bar or sports event and a guy's temper goes from zero to 100 really fast, it looks tacky, not manly. It can also be scary." -- Lynda*, 24
"Guys who think they're 'too cool' to read. Newsflash: it isn't cool to seem uneducated. Pick up a book." -- Liz, 28
"It's a big turn-off when a guy is too picky -- this goes for travel, food, sex, and just about everything else. Yes, I think it's attractive to have an opinion. But you don't get to have an opinion on something you've never tried." -- Beatrice, 24
"I can't watch a guy stick his hands down his pants and touch his junk. I know men say that adjusting down there is necessary sometimes, but it still makes me want to vom." -- Amanda, 28
Backhanded compliments and baby talk
"It's a turnoff when a guy tells me, 'You're pretty for a black girl.' So, you're saying that black girls typically aren't attractive, but I'm an exception? That's nowhere near a compliment -- that's offensive." -- Janelle, 23
"It grosses me out when a guy baby-talks me. What makes you think I'd want to jump your bones if you're speaking to me like I'm a fetus?" -- Kendall*, 24
"I get turned off when a guy runs his mouth about sports but has no idea what he's talking about. What, you think I won't notice because I'm a girl? I'm actually a diehard Yankees fan, so you're better off admitting the truth -- that I know way more about baseball than you do." -- Sofia, 28
"It's really unattractive when a man speaks negatively about another person's body or features -- man or woman. Whether I overhear it in a group or it's behind the person's back, it becomes clear that you have an inflated self-image. Then, I start to wonder if you talk shit about me, too." -- Kathie, 28
"I get really annoyed when a dude judges my food order. Like, 'Oh, just a salad? Not hungry today?' I'm ordering a salad because I want a damn salad! I'm also a vegetarian and you don't hear me judging you for eating steak. Don't make this weird." -- Kate*, 30