MANY of us women can attest to being handed down tonnes of dating advice and tips from older women, family and peers, often done with the intention of protecting us from the evil called men. But while some men may possess some of the undesirable qualities that women warn others against, sometimes, men say, it's mere overgeneralisation.
It's these misconceptions that women have been led to hold as gospel, that the men below seek to clear up.
Calmar, engineer, 28:
The most common misconception is that all men are dogs. Not true. There is also the one that says men who show their emotions are soft, and I think that is also far from the truth.
Tivia, security guard, 44:
I hear everyday that all men cheat. I have been married for over 18 years and I've never cheated on my wife. I won't say temptations never came my way, but I just looked the other way.
Harry, police officer, 42:
One misconception is that you are just in it for the ride if you are with them a certain number of years and don't ask for their hand in marriage. They feel like you're using them. Also, in my line of work, the common thing of the day is that all men in uniform are womanisers. I honestly am tired of it because I hate that when people look at me while clothed in my professional gear, they think I want to blindly chase every woman.
Theo, construction worker, 30:
Well, of course, all men are dogs is probably the most common one. But there are plenty more — like men are always thinking about sex and the only thing that we are loyal to are our penises.
Steven, teacher, 28:
Well, I don't know if it counts, but the other day while watching football with the boys we were talking about how to get out of sex when you're not feeling the vibes, so of course all the men were telling stories about faking orgasms. My girlfriend and two of her sistrens who were there upstairs overheard and they were in complete shock because they didn't think men did or could do that. I shared it with a couple of women later in the week and they were clueless too.
Clark, accountant, 32:
Women think that men feel emasculated when women approach them. Well, I know I am not the only man who does not mind being chased by a woman. Mark you, I am not talking about any stalker-type thing, but confidence and self-assurance on a woman are quite sexy. I am turned on by the thought of an educated woman trying to get to know me inside and outside of my nice suit.
Dennis, artiste, 36:
The other day I heard a woman telling her friend to stop studying when she finishes her master's. And I was there thinking why she would tell her friend that? And it wasn't bad mind — she was worried that her friend wouldn't find a man because the men would be intimidated by her qualifications and maybe her success. If that is how women think then it is bad. Unless she is a woman who definitely wants her man to match her qualifications, then I don't think an educated woman would have a problem with men flocking to her.