Dating is hard, guys. The thought of putting in the effort to go out and meet someone is traumatising enough without the looming thought of ‘what if the guy turns out to be a perv’. Whether you meet someone on a dating app or have your friend set you up with someone, it is always a gamble to put yourself out there. You don’t know what to expect, conversation starters are always tricky no matter how much you prepare, and there’s always a huge chance of several eye-roll moments. So yeah, it’s hard, especially when you want to run away, but societal norms dictate otherwise. As a woman on a date, it gets particularly difficult when we have to deal with dumb questions and dumber comments. Here are some of the dumb first date questions and comments which no woman wants to hear.
1. “Wow, you drove yourself? That’s pretty cool!”
Why is it cool when you hear that a woman can drive? You don’t see us applauding when you put your dirty dishes in the kitchen, right? Being behind the wheel today is as basic a skill as knowing how to cross the road. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to men when they hear a woman say she drives her own vehicle. On the contrary, going by the stats, women could probably throw a concerned question back at men since they are clearly responsible for more road accidents.
2. “How many guys have you dated till now?”
Some men, for reasons best known to them, have this obsession to find out where they stand on the ladder of boyfriends. How is our dating history anybody’s business?
3. “You looked thinner in your photos”
Ladies, the only acceptable response to this is, “And you looked bearable in your photos when I couldn’t hear you speak.”
4. “I hope you’re not a feminist”
5. “How come you’re still single?”
I will never understand men who ask this question. Bhai sahab, the fact that you’re here on this date means that you’re “still” single too. So, how does this question even make sense?
6. “You’re pretty for an engineer”
That’s funny because you’re pretty dumb for a human.
7. “How will you eat so much?”
Why is it is so baffling for men to see a woman with an appetite? Also, when a woman orders something, eating it is her problem, na? Tumko kya? She knows how much she can eat so let her order in peace. And if you don’t eat as much, it’s fine. Women are allowed to have larger appetites than men.
8. “I bet you love shopping!”
Ladies, next time a guy says he “bets” you love shopping, laga hi lena ek lakh ki shart before responding.
9. *Insert random pickup line here*
Guys, please don’t even try hitting on a girl with those lame pickup lines. They are not only super cringy but they also put a big NO on your profile for us.
10. “What do you think of my muscles?”
Guys who work out are often annoyingly obsessed with their physique. All they ever talk about is their workout plan and how much further they wish to go. If you’re one of those guys, good for you! But don’t ask your date what she thinks of your muscles because she’s obviously going to lie to be polite.
11. “Your parents must be driving you mad over shaadi plans?”
Just because a girl is over a certain age, it doesn’t mean that she’s going through some obvious pressure at home. Even if she is, it’s really none of your business, especially if this is your first date with her.
12. “What made you want to go out on a date with me?”
Dude, sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s a very high chance that she’s on a date with you because she was bored at home and thought, “Eh, whatever!” So stop asking this question just to soothe your ego with her fake praise.
13. “Why don’t you bring your friend along next time?”
Pehle toh, be sure that there will be a next time from her side. Secondly, if she agrees for a second date and you ask her to bring her friend, then even she knows that you’re still searching for options. So don’t even try.
If you’ve come across any other dumb date questions and comments, tweet to us at @allabouteve_in.