5 Things Women Secretly Love About Men

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Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.

There are lot of things out there in the dating ether that either men or women fail to comprehend whether it's when to call, what to say, or how to approach the simple milestones of the dating ritual.

But for all the things you do that unknowingly drive opposite sex insane, there are just as many that they find covertly endearing. From physical flaws and phobias to guilty pleasures and goofy idiosyncrasies, here are five things that women secretly love about men.

See also: 3 Easy Ways Guys Can Up Their Dating Game

5. When you talk to animals -- maybe even in a little voice.

Look, we don't buy your macho man routine. In fact, we find it endearing when we overhear you talking to Fido from the other room. A lot can be said about how a man treats his pets. A man who owns a little dog or cat: comfortable with his sexuality. A man who takes good care of his pets: compassionate and responsible. A man who does the opposite of these things: probably someone you shouldn't be with. You know what they say about men with big hearts. . .

4. When you have a social life outside of hers.

When it comes to your group of friends, sharing is not always caring. Guys may think that their ladies want them to drop everything to be at their beck and call, but in truth everyone needs their space. Girls want to be a priority yes, but they also don't want you to be a doormat for them. Have spine and a social life. Women like it when guys have their own friends and their own interests. It keeps the relationship interesting and it helps quell the fear that you might be a serial killer.

3. When you have an embarrassing guilty pleasure.

It's not manly, but it sure is cute. Divulging some downright embarrassing fact about yourself -- whether it's the fact that you know all the words to "Call Me Maybe," own the Dream Girls soundtrack, or eat children's cereals -- works in your favor. Firstly, she'll feel special in knowing something about you that most people don't. And frankly, you'd prefer to keep it that way. Second, it makes for some comic relief in the relationship. Not every couple needs to reflect that of a teen drama on the CW.

2. When you're afraid of something.

You know that whole thing about men being the protectors and women needing saving? Yeah, it's completely outdated. Ladies like it when you admit your faults and admit you're vulnerable. Granted, you don't need to do that on the first date. But feel free to open up later on and let her be the one to hold your hand from time to time whether it's at the dentist, on a plane, or giving a public speech.

1. When your hair starts graying.

Men, stop dyeing your hair. I repeat, stop it. Everyone can tell, and no one is fan. Unlike the dye job that makes you look like a walking Ken doll or a Lego man, the salt and pepper look gives you distinction. Whether or not it's actually true, those little gray hairs sprouting up tell women that you're wise, humble, and comfortable in your own skin. And since you all can't look like Idris Elba or Joe Manganiello, you better rock the next best thing: confidence.

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22 comments
Denise Mason
Denise Mason

Now THAT says exactly what I was thinking. :-)

Tasha
Tasha

McPizza :) :) :) :)

Kimmy Kim
Kimmy Kim

Men who speak basic English with a non American English accent!

Heather Feaga
Heather Feaga

Didn't you *just* post this a couple days ago?

Niki Toland
Niki Toland

I hope you don't pay Katie Johnson for these awful, ridiculous articles. Ugh!

Jenna Jones
Jenna Jones

This list was pretty weak. I secretly love the way the roll into you, deep in sleep, just to be closer to you. I love when, in social settings, they give you this look - usually from across the room - that smirk of a grin, that says, "I am so glad you're mine." I love the way they smell, when the hold babies, or laugh at our jokes that don't come out quite right. I secretly love that sometimes, you can notice them secretly loving things about you, too.

Ben Love
Ben Love

Then dont comment on the post lol^^^^

Antonio Maldonado
Antonio Maldonado

Now if they can only love my thinning spot on the back of my head XD

Kira Vargas
Kira Vargas

Not really. I saw a girl in her late 20's with a full head of gray and unless you saw her face closely you would have sworn she was in her late 50's. Only some women can look attractive with gray in their 40's. I've had gray since I was 12. Started coloring my hair when I was 19 :(

Daniel Reigada
Daniel Reigada

Personally, I think it can look good when woman let their grays grow out naturally too. I might be in the minority with that opinion.

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