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Top Nine Myths About Men

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“Do you think you know everything there is to know about the opposite sex? Well, ESSENCE’s own Modern Day Matchmaker sets the record straight on nine popular myths about men.”

Men Think About Sex All Day
False. The statistic I frequently hear is that sexual thoughts cross a man’s mind every seven seconds. This couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the Kinsey Institute, 54 percent of men think about sex every day, but 43 percent only consider it a few times a month or a few times a week, while four percent make it the whole month before pondering the subject.



Men Aren’t As Talkative As Women
False. When researchers have tried to compare the number of words used by both men and women in the same situation, the differences were negligible. If anything, studies show men talk a little bit more.

Men Don’t Like to Commit
False. This one I blame on the 80/20 rule. I’ve seen firsthand from my clients that men commit at the same rate as women. The issue comes in with a small percentage of men (I call these the 20 percenters) who habitually enter and leave relationships aka “The Commitment Phobes.”

Men Don’t Have Feelings
False. There is definitely a different socialization that happens in adolescence among boys and girls as it relates to being “touchy/feely” but essentially, feelings come from an area in the brain both women and men have. The amygdala is a part of the brain both men and women have that controls our emotional responses.

Men are Intimidated by Strong Women
False. The word intimidated is the most misused word in dating. Yes, some men (just as some women) are intimidated in select scenarios (like getting set up on a blind date with Grace Jones) but most of the time, like 99% of the time, men are not intimidated (but attracted) to strong women.

Foot or Hand Size Correlates With Penis Size
False. Researchers at University College London say there is no evidence linking a man’s shoe or hand size to the length of his penis. After measuring the vital parts of hundreds of men, they concluded that the theory has no scientific basis. The ability to predict the size of a man’s penis by observing his shoe size is a common misconception says Dr. Jyoyi Shah.

[Read the full list by Paul Carrick Brunson at Essence]

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  1. The second one all day! I swear, some of the biggest gossips I know are men. I think historically we put this one on women, but as I got older, I realized that men can and do talk as much as women.

    1. Yeah. Gossip is just taking your complaints to someone who can’t do anything about them. Men do that all day despite talk about “being a man” and going straight to the person.

  2. whats funny is a majority of the myths must have come from a woman who never held herself accountable or watched way too many tyler perry movies. the overwhelming sentiment men are these cold, closed minded sex deviants who will only commit when coerced or tricked is just sad.

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