In the past, becoming someone's girlfriend was straightforward: you met a guy, hit it off, and made a commitment. However, in today's world, the rise of hooking-up and almost-relationships has complicated matters. Nonetheless, one thing remains constant: some men enjoy griping about their girlfriends. Unfortunately, this trend is concerning and displays a certain level of sexism. Here are ten frustrating girlfriend stereotypes that have no place in modern society.
1. We're clingy
While it's possible that some girls might be clingy due to being overly desperate for a boyfriend, that doesn't apply to all women. Many of us are happy with our lives and enjoy our daily routines. While we desire a boyfriend, we don't necessarily need one. Therefore, the notion that all women are clingy is a harmful stereotype that should be discarded.
2. We don't have our own life
The truth is, a woman who wants to spend every moment with you and doesn't have any other interests is not someone you should consider as a girlfriend. The majority of women value their independence and are dedicated to finding happiness and success in their daily lives. If you're our boyfriend, we want the same for you, and we see no reason why we can't pursue our goals while being in a relationship with you.
3. We won't let you see your friends
The tired and frustrating "ball and chain" joke about girlfriends or wives being annoying has only grown more outdated over time. Women don't want to prevent their partners from spending time with their friends. We're not monsters, and we encourage you to hang out with your buddies, grab a beer on a Friday night, and have fun. We can have our own plans with our girlfriends, enjoy cocktails, or chill at home with Netflix. We promise, we'll be okay without you for a little while.
4. We're anti-fun
It's perplexing how some guys assume that once they label someone as their girlfriend, they'll never have fun again. Rather than worrying about a baseless assumption, why not appreciate that you've found a woman who means a lot to you? Make sure that you both are having fun together - it's not complicated at all.
5. We're always in a bad mood
This particular stereotype frustrates me, especially because I've been on numerous first dates where the guy was in a terrible mood, and it ruined the entire evening. It's important to note that not all women are constantly in a bad mood. Sure, we all have our moments, but so do men. This stereotype is unfounded and untrue.
6. We have tunnel vision regarding marriage and babies
Contrary to popular belief, not all women spend their days fantasizing about their wedding dress, hairstyles, and the number of children they want to have. Life would be dull if that were the case. Even if we're engaged, our wedding occupies only a small portion of our thoughts. If guys could stop worrying that every woman they meet wants to marry them and have their babies, that would be fantastic.
7. We never want to do anything without you
Let me give you a heads-up: going to the movies alone or attending an event solo doesn't bother us at all. Many women require a significant amount of alone time, and being in a relationship doesn't alter that need. While we enjoy spending time with our partners, we wouldn't be with you if we didn't value our independence. We're comfortable with flying solo sometimes, too.
8. All we do is nag and whine and complain
Let me make one thing clear: if you're a fantastic boyfriend, we won't drive you insane or constantly nag you. That's just not how it works. It's sexist to assume that women are whiny, and it denies our existence as real human beings with emotions, thoughts, and opinions.
9. We'll pressure you into reaching milestones
All relationships are unique, and each one has its own natural pace. Some couples move in together after only a month, while others wait for years. Some become engaged after a year, while others never do. And that's perfectly okay. It's just plain bizarre if you think we're going to pressure you into reaching the next level of our relationship. It takes two to tango, right? If we're taking a significant step, aren't we doing so together? When did it become solely our decision?
10. We worry about you all the time
Sorry, I have to correct you on this. Women don't obsess over every little thing a guy does like we used to back in 2015. We have jobs to attend, friends to catch up with, and new music to listen to. We're pretty busy, and besides, it's a new era.