How to Compliment - or Insult - a Woman ...


How to Compliment - or Insult - a Woman ...
How to Compliment - or Insult - a Woman ...

"**Marge, you're as pretty as Princess Leia and as smart as Yoda."**
(Homer Simpson)

"**Madame, that is by far the ugliest nose I have ever seen, and I compliment you on it - it suits you!"**
(Peter Sellers as The Pink Panther)

"**The great question that...I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years ofresearch into the feminine soul, is - 'What does a woman want?'"**
(Sigmund Freud)

Help a man.

When I got the following email from Jason, honestly, I wondered if it was for real. As you read it you might see why. But I decided, whether it's for real or not, it's a great example of how men are understandably puzzled by the whole complimenting women thing.

Then I got to thinking that it would take more than my opinion to do justice to Jason's noble quest for knowledge:

Should a man compliment a woman on her figure, and if so, what's the best way to do that?

Thus, with an open mind, Jason agreed to have me publicize his quest so that I could solicit as many opinions as possible from readers.

Here's his sad tale:

I met a really attractive and intelligent woman at a party a few weeks ago. It was a public event at an art gallery. We had been talking for a good half hour and really seemed to be hitting it off. Then, things suddenly went downhill. I commented that she had a nice, full, hourglass figure. I thought she would take that as a compliment. Instead, she became deeply offended. She snapped, "Oh really...well perhaps I should do some plus size modeling!" And then she slapped my face and walked away. Needless to say, it was not my proudest moment.

She had the classic figure of the 50s pinup -large bust, narrow waist, shapely hips/legs. I guess she interpreted 'hourglass' as meaning big/overweight/full figured. I just thought it meant shapely and well proportioned. Also, I'm wondering if she may have been hypersensitive about her figure to begin with. She was part Vietnamese and most women of that ethnic background tend to be petite. She may have always felt awkward about being so voluptuous.

My buddies had watched the scene unfold and were laughing hysterically. When I told them what I had said they shook their heads and said it was never a good idea to comment on a woman's figure, even if I thought it was complimentary.

I know, I know. Amongst other things, you're probably thinking that compliments - like beautiful women's bodies - are not One Size Fits All.

A compliment to one woman might be an insult to another, right?

And, that complimenting a woman's body directly is not the only way for Jason, or any man, to communicate his attraction and appreciation.

But as far as I'm concerned, a man who can sweetly and smartly compliment his lady love, or a potential lady love, has a distinct advantage in the world of dating and mating.

So please feel free to offer up your reactions and suggestions to Jason - and to the growing number of men who stumble over this blog because they're on the exact same quest.


And may Jason never get slapped again for a compliment.

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My son is 16 and just started dating girls. Do you think I should have him read this story? I thought it might be instructional for him regarding the do’s and don’t's when talking to females. After reading this story, I had this vision that one night after a date he'll come home with a red hand print on his cheek for some indiscretion, lol, and I'll feel like I could have done/said something to prevent that from happening ;)

Here is a male prospective on complimenting women. Rule 1 make it a non physical compliment. As a wise man once told me, "If you see a woman with a big fuzzy hat ignore the hat. talk about anything but the big hat on her head." This does two things, it helps you focus on the woman and it also keeps you out of the catagory of the 5000 there men that said nice hat. Rule 2 find something that is non physical that you genuinely like about her. In a non needy way compliment her for it.lean back not in and look in her eyes when you deliver the compilment but dont wait for a response.This builds up tension so jump right back into acting like a fun carefree guy after you say it. let her do most of the talking when it comes to her virtues. If a girl goes on and on about what she has going for herself she is baiting her own hook and you will both know that you look like the man. She will begin to believe you are the man. She doesnt go up to homeless guys and say, " well I am a vet tech, I like to exercise, I love to go out and dance, I teach dance, etc. She only says this to cool guys that she is attracted to. She will develop a level of attraction just for saying it to you. Rule 3 Save the physical compliments for seduction. Rule 4 pracitce giving mixed communications with your words and your body language. If you say something high risk use negative body language when you say it. With enough practice mixing communications you will be able to get away with anything. The goal is being able to be honest but have the women love you for it. Rule 5 keep playful. Rember women want to be teased men want to be respected. -- Ray --

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