Since the dawn of time, men and women have been attempting to understand each other. To most men, women are a mystery. We didn't realize how much of a mystery until we stumbled upon this AskReddit asking heterosexual men to reveal what they've learned about women since they began dating them. The responses are truly eye opening.
1. Gives_Wrong_Answer has some misconceptions on the mechanics of tampons. Sorry, guys. There's nothing cool or explosive about them.
I had no clue that the string on the bottom of a tampon was to pull it out when you wanted to change it. I thought for sure that a girl stuck the tampon in, pulled the string, and it expanded like a mini explosive. Kind of like a rip cord and a parachute. I was clearly wrong.
2. Much to the surprise of catiesaur's boyfriend, our vaginas do not spontaneously turn into Niagara Falls once a month. Though wouldn't it be cool if they did? (No, it wouldn't be cool. It would be gross.)
My very period-sympathetic boyfriend thought, up until a few months ago, that all the blood during a woman's monthly period comes out all at once. In some massive torrential wave. (Apparently, we only wear tampons/pads for longer because we don't know exactly when the flood is coming...)
3. In yet another case of menstruation confusion, stinkyP00 is just relieved to know that those marks on our underwear aren't poop. Frankly, we're relieved too.
I've lurked reddit for a while now, but I had to create my own account for this one. I never had any sisters and started dating my girlfriend a little over a year and a half ago. Well, one day within the first month or so of dating, I noticed she had some skid marks on her panties. I was thoroughly disgusted, but she's awesome, so I let it slide. I later saw that she had more than one pair of skid marked underwear, and it remained a mystery as to why this awesome girl either A) had really bad diarrhea often or B) had no idea how to wipe her own ass. Again, this didn't affect me too greatly, but I did find it to be a little odd. Fast forward a few months, when we went to visit her mom at her apartment. My GF's little sister, who was 17 at the time, lived there as well. I went into her little sister's room and saw she had panties on the floor... WITH SKID MARKS. I was aghast... Could this be a family issue? I couldn't take it any more and I just had to ask my GF if she wasn't raised with proper ass wiping technique. She laughed and told me it was period blood, and that girls have a few pairs of underwear they use specifically if they're on their period. The world made a little more sense, and I was so relieved my girlfriend knew how to properly wipe her ass. I also felt like a dumbass.
TL;DR - Period blood stains sure look a hell of a lot like skid marks.
4. A common misconception we've seen on this thread is that men think our buttholes serve many more functions than they actually do. So much so that herromongorian's boyfriend thought we had to see a special doctor just for our buttholes.
i told my boyfriend about my first gynecology appointment and was joking that the first time i got fingered was by a big female doctor (see principle from the movie matilda). he started fidgeting, turned pale and asked me why gynecologists have to finger women's buttholes. he thought gynecologist=butthole doctor.
My boyfriend thought "morning sickness" (meaning you are pregnant) occurred the morning directly after you've had sex. He freaked out when I had a stomach flu one morning after staying over.
6. Yes, Someonedumb, we do this. What can we say? Girls love snacks. If your snacks look delicious, we're going to eat them. That's the way it goes.
That they'll tell you they're not hungry then eat the food off your plate one piece at a time.
7. Hey, MSJallDAY, it's not easy controlling long hair in this humidity, okay? We need some reinforcement.
Bobby pins, bobby pins everywhere.
8. Thank you for understanding, IEatBluePlayDough. Looking good isn't cheap!
The financial burden of makeup.
9. OnlySarcasm, do you think we keep asking you to put the toilet seat down for fun? No! It's for safety! An open toilet is a dangerous toilet.
that they actually will fall in the toilet if you leave it up..
10. Perhaps all the bragging about penis size can at last come to an end thanks to this revelation by Camtronocon.
"Why would we care how long your limp penis is?"
Well, guys, this has been fascinating. I think we've all learned a lot here today.