The Ugly Truth About What Men Really Think

Updated on June 1, 2009

The Ugly Truth About What Men REALLY Think

This is one of the few posts that I will write on romantic relationships, but I’m sure the ladies will really be helped by this one. It might be offensive when you find out how men really think about things concerning us, but I think it’s important to know.

I read this book written by three men who tell women what men really think about some of the things we do. This book was so informative and enlightening to me! Keep in mind that this is not what I think. This is all information that I got from two books and one research study. Here are some of the more important points they mentioned.

Men are very fearful of rejection. This may cause them not to approach you even when they are really interested. If they feel that the risk of happiness is worth the risk of rejection, they may go for it. But usually, then will need some help on the woman’s end. She’ll have to smile at him. Give him a little eye contact. Have open body language. Then he will feel more comfortable approaching her. But if he feels even the slightest hint of disinterest on her behalf, he will balk. She may wonder, “What happened? I thought he liked me?” You may have given out a signal that you were not interested in him, so he decided to leave before he got his feelings hurt.

Men are admirable because they face a lot of rejection. Some men probably get turned down five times a day, and yet they keep going in order to find a girlfriend. Some women are so rude to men because they don’t know how much nerve it takes for the men to ask for her number or ask her out. Some men finally build up the nerve to approach the girl, and then she totally disses him by ignoring him or giving him a mean mug. Ladies, let’s play nice! If you’re not interested, treat him like you would like to be treated if you had approached an attractive man that you liked who was not interested in you. Every human deserves respect.

Men have a built-in “test” for women. They will sometimes try the girls they are interested in to see if they give them sex too soon. If the girl gives it up on the first night, they will immediately file her into the “party girl” folder. But if she doesn’t have sex with him, she’s still in the running to be their next girlfriend. The line women sometimes use, “I don’t always have sex on the first night,” doesn’t work for men. Even if it is true, men don’t believe it. Some men even have to hold in a chuckle because they expect women to say it right after they have sex on the first night. They know when that phrase is coming, so they wait on it, and sure enough comes, “I hope you don’t think I’m promiscuous. I don’t usually do this.” Men don’t believe that line even when it’s 100% true. You could be a virgin, and still most of them would not believe that line.

Men will try to preserve your “girlfriend potential” if they really like you and could see a long-term relationship with you. While many men are just looking for a good night, they always keep their radar on for the wifey-type chick. They may have sex with a different woman each night, but they’ll usually know a good one when they see her. If they are interested in her as a girlfriend, they will not even have sex with her (too soon) because they know that if she gives it up too soon, they won’t like her that much anymore. They figure, “I already got the prize, so why in the world should I pretend to care about her hobbies, dislikes, and career?” So if a guy who is claiming to like you pressures you for sex, he doesn’t see you as girlfriend potential. He may string you along to keep having sex with you, but he won’t ever make you his girlfriend. Ouch!

This is one of the more painful ones I read, but it said that most men are repulsed after having sex with a woman that they only wanted sex with. The book actually used the word repulsed. They said that even while many men are so exhausted after doing the deed, their physical exhaustion (which they might use as an excuse not to cuddle or talk after sex) may not exceed their mental disgust after having sex with a woman they never really liked in the first place. The book said that this is the reason why some men will leave right after sex with a woman. They have this overwhelming urge to get away from her which overpowers their strong desire to sleep.

Men don’t trust women who have sex too soon. Some men don’t trust women who have sex before marriage. They figure, “If she had sex with me after only two weeks, then I KNOW she had sex with her twelve exes after only two weeks too.” Men can be insecure sometimes, so they’ll always wonder how they measure up to your past loves. So, for example, if you don’t have sex with him until after five years, he’ll feel in his heart and head that you must have treated all exes similarly. And if you’ve only had a few boyfriends, he’ll feel more comfortable with that obviously.

Men are visual beings, so they want an attractive girlfriend. I realize this a lot when I go to different churches or have visiting pastors come to my church home. Even the “holiest” of men have the most beautiful wives. Their hair, nails, and make-up are always done well. They dress really nice. Some women think it’s shallow of men to be like this, but they were made visual beings by God. They can appreciate a beautiful woman or a woman who puts effort into her looks. They will, of course, pick the pretty girl who’s in shape over the homely girl who is not in shape all other things (personality, character, intelligence) being equal. Duh! So while every woman is not going to be a Halle Berry with enough money to have the best clothes and beautician, most women can try their best and men will notice and appreciate that.

Men do judge women negatively by the way we act and look. If you are a sloppy drunk, they will not pursue you because they find you embarrassing. The book said that men do not feel like watching you every minute at a party in hopes of preventing you from embarrassing them in front of their friends. Who wants the drunk for a girlfriend, fiancée, wife, or mother of their children? They may want to party with you and have sex with you because you’re fun, but it ends there. There is a double standard at play here, but men are conservative when it comes to their girlfriends. If the dude you are interested in is a nasty guy like Ice T is with his wife Coco, he may want you to show off all your assets and treat you like a whore in public. But if you want a respectable guy, he will, of course, want a respectable girl.

Also, if you have your breasts or legs out, they will forever and always see you as a party girl. If you get saved or something and they can tell the change in you, they can see you differently perhaps. But if you are still a party girl who just covers up more now, they’ll still see you that way. Sure, it’s not always fair to be judged by your appearance - especially something like clothes that will change every day – but it happens just like at a job interview. You could have graduated from Yale with honors, but if you are wearing a mini-skirt and a halter top, they will not hire you. It’s not that you’re not qualified; it’s just that they believe that it’s wise to judge a tree by its fruit. If you claim to be an intelligent and hard worker but didn’t think enough of them to dress appropriately for the interview, they will not believe you are that intelligent and hard worker you claim to be even if it’s on your resume. If you are claiming to be a “wifey” tree and yet all you produce are “party girl” fruit, they will use their brains and say that you are not a wifey tree, but are instead a party girl tree.

When men see a girl with her body exposed, they don't see us as women. They see us as objects unless they know you from before they saw you dressed with fewer clothes. There was a study done where they had the little electrodes taped onto men's heads. The study showed that the part of men's brains that was activated when seeing a girl in a bikini was the same part of their brain that they used when using tools. That part of the brain works like, "I use. I pull. I push." This is not what the men reported but based on their brain activity so you know it's not biased on what the men thought they should say so as not to look like jerks or pervs. That part of the brain is also the same part where men think of homeless people and drug addicts. They see scantily-clad women, homeless people, and drug addicts as objects with no feelings. But when it came to women who were covered up, their brain saw the women as people with feelings. SHOCKING!

Men know up front whether they are attracted to you or not. Women are sometimes the other way; we may not be attracted initially, but later on, we can think, “I know he’s just a friend, but he could have potential to be more...” Men know in the first three seconds or less whether they would ever be romantically or physically attracted to you. There’s no use in trying to manipulate or change that by buying gifts, being flirty, etc. because it’ll never happen for you and him. There’s a built-in chemical effect that goes on between a man and a woman when they are attracted to each other, and you can’t affect that chemistry by tricks and gimmicks. It’s biological, so you can’t fool with it. It’s just the way it is.

I read in the other book that birth control pills can affect a woman’s biological chemistry. It said that birth control pills can have a negative effect on a woman’s chemistry because she will start to pick the wrong men based on the unnatural attraction. It said women on birth control usually pick a guy with similar biological chemistry as her so that relationship will rarely work. After they get married and she stops the birth control for them to have children, she realizes that their biological chemistry did not mix and that she was fooled by the birth control pill. When it comes to biological chemistry, opposites do attract. So if you are with a guy now, and you are on birth control pills, the book suggested that you get off of them for awhile to see if you really like this person and if he really likes you.

Of course, there are the exceptions to the rules. But those could be about 1 in about 200,000,000. You don’t want to make a lottery out of your romantic chances, so you should just take the advice from these three very honest men. In your case, it’ll probably be how the book said it will be unless a miracle occurs. Hope this helps, ladies!

I am against fornication for religious reasons, and amazingly, the secular material I read is in support of that without even using bible verses!



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      Alexa 23 months ago

      Well said!! And to all the guys who think this article is bullshit...of course you would say benefits you to get girls to think that you do not see them differently after sex. Every guy who I slept with out of marriage has treated me like crap afterwards and they all convinced me that they wouldnt beforehand. The secret is out and its time that us girls be women and no longer throw pearls to pigs.

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      Farabi 2 years ago


      I can assure you what was written on this page was right. That is the side effect of pornography, something that are not happened long time ago. As a male, I can confirm you that the "Program" was really do exist. I think I understood such a "Mechanism", only, it is not on a proper place. When Im not yet exposed to pornography, I saw female based on her personality, I completely blind by such a thing called as, beauty. I perceived someone as beautiful when people arround said so. Of course, I personally had a personal preference, or criteria of sexually attractive, which used to be called beauty standard, but it vary, and if I saw that standard on my current time, which is altered by pornography, I understood what people used to call ugly.

      Maybe what Im saying was based on religous bias, but its true, if you're not covering your body, people will simply put you on a degraded value, just for fun, but not for a long term. Even though, I was altered by pornography, but still, I prefer, on my standard, graced woman, which is covering their body, rather than not.

      And its right, if I approached a girl, there is urge on my mind to lie and all. And I tend to be bragging. But deep down inside, I can see it was something wrong. But, that's how men worked. Rather than trying a way arround, I prefer an exact way that worked for million of years, my instinct.

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      Esha 3 years ago

      You know you are correct, all guys are not the same so instead of writing about one you should write about none. We always think about what a man is thinking or how they operate. Women should just stop putting so much thought into a man and focus on themselves. My opinion is wait on God and stop going through the same mistakes.

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      De 3 years ago

      It is really depressing that people think this...

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      peiceof shityou 4 years ago

      I wont be with any man, waste of time! Im not going to live inside of that curse. I got better things to do with my time. If you don't like my last comment, that's all you gotta do not like it. You don't have to go as far as to erase it, that's pathetic. Hope you get your jollys that way. You should be killed for your stupidity

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just goes to show you nd revels the truth about men. They don't really love women as they are, it's all a stupid psychological mind game they play with themselves and for themselves. It has nothing to do with women and if he's not like this, he is using the woman and he's very abusive. That will fall under both for sure. This is a pathetic curse over my life that i'm truly sick of playing this curse type of game. Honestly think i'm done playing around with any guy, He's after the wrong kinds of things that i'm not willing to be some piece. I'm not going to be someone who he can buy things for, it rarely works out. Why should you be with someone when you can do things for yourself? It's quite frustrating having to live with someone or be with someone who handles everything and tries to take full control. I honestly don't think they even like it all that much but, they fear so much rejection it's just a program. Can't tell me this is not true in most male/female relationships. I honestly cannot further support this kind of thing any longer. It is not a rational way of living. If any woman is smart, she will not even go as far as to even look as some guy staring over at her.She should keep busy with something else, the pay off is much better! I don't need any guy calling the shots for me, or playing all these little set up mind games they have lodged so far into there brains on purposely. This is why I think this life between male/female is a curse. I mean women can handle there own affairs but we are "taught" we should't in many cases. For many reasons we aren't as strong physically so they try and cancel that out and make it a big deal. It's not 9 times out of 10.We just have this false belief like they really do care. They don't so i'm going to retire the boyfriend syndrome, it's not working. I know the truth behind these conformed people. I say No thank You!

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Completely agree with this article and yes men do judge you if you have sex with them too soon, duh, ask all the other men around you!

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      Kenyan man 5 years ago

      This is true n its lyk bench written by a park of experts.but at times it depends on u as a single entity.male or female.pple are different so are relationships

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      Helen 5 years ago

      And this is why I'm happy to be a bisexual.

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      Peter 6 years ago

      This is rubbish. My last long term relationship started of as a one night stand, I stayed with her not because she held out or played childish games, but rather because we had compatibility, we enjoyed each other's company and avoided such nonsense as above. She was my partner and although in the end it didn't work out, we had many happy years together and are still good friends.

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      fred 6 years ago

      I agree with the other male poster above: the only part that may be true is the 'sex too soon' part. As a man, I would like woman to know that men are actually thinking and feeling human beings as well, and while physical attraction is going to be instinctive, men generally find women attractive, and the biggest difference is whether you like each other and get on or not.

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      They're not worth the trouble 6 years ago

      I agree with June, most men are lying cheating scumbags who never outgrow that 7th grade schoolboy mentality of not being able to handle adult sexuality even after marriage. Have sex on the side and then laugh at the woman like a child that just got his first feel of a real tittie. That is what's really repulsive/disgusting, and there's no need for them to jump when a happy little push will resolve that problem quickly :o)

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      a-man 7 years ago

      I agree with every thing stated here. I truly feel repulsed after sex sometimes but something drives me hard to lie and get them into bed. Often times I am hitting on girls on online dating sites, long conversations, set up a date, then I go masturbate and rethink hmm I find them ugly? I wasted my time.

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      cra-ba 7 years ago

      "Some women think it’s shallow of men to be like this, but they were made visual beings by God."

      So that makes it all right then.. I wonder how cruel it is to make ugly women? How they stand a chance?

      I bet the book was written ONLY by men. Of course they justify their behavior.

      Shouldn't one aspect of individual growth in Christianity be that people rise upon their flesh???!!!

      Good point about birth control pills btw.

      They are estrogen filled hormone and causing cancer besides all the other awful effects.

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      raped 7 years ago

      THIS IS SAD.

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      june price 8 years ago

      Well if this is really how men operate then I don't like them.I thought is was just me being bitter but now I know it;s true. It's all double standards. I am an older woman who has had a lot of experience at the hands of men and they are just self centered, egotistical and women hating, setting standards no-one can possibly meet. They think they can dictate how women should be when they are totally wanting the opposite things from women all the time. You cannot please them no matter how you are. They can all go jump.

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      She Loves God 8 years ago

      Youre just one guy; and not all men are the same. Perhaps, you're that exception. On my other blog sites, the grand majority of men agreed wholeheartedly.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      whatever 8 years ago

      Speaking as a male, this is largely nonsense. The only grain of truth in the whole article is that men may very well judge your promiscuity by how quickly you sleep with them. (How long to wait is a more individual thing) This is because almost every man values fidelity.

      We don't value prudery, though. We want a respectable girl in public, but we want a party girl in the bedroom. Learn to be both.

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      She Loves God 8 years ago

      And they say women are confusing!

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Men! We can't live with them, we can't live without them. Interesting Hub.