1 We are insensitive
Not at all. Most men feel deeply and strongly about things they care about. Just try walking in front of the television as Sachin Tendulkar winds up for a cover drive.
2 We are obsessed with our gym-built bodies
Partly true. Lying in a gym with large plates on a rod is meant to impress the ladies. Unfortunately, they don’t do the same for the lower part of the body. Resulting in a generation of broad-chested men with broiler chicken legs.
3 We have a sense of fashion
Except that it needs to be handed down to us, which can be dangerous. Remember walking into office after Allen Solly’s Friday Dressing campaign had broken and being visually mauled by the hordes in solid blue shirts and khaki trousers?
4 We are obsessed with all things techno
A small percentage are. The rest carry them around as the male equivalent of the designer clutch bag.
5 We only love women with great bodies
No way. What really turns a man on about a woman is how she carries herself, how she holds her own and how individual she is. Top it with a dash of humour.
6 We are bad shopping companions
It’s just that the process is something we don’t understand. Try marrying an opening batsman and then watch him pick one solitary piece of English willow in a bat shop, after half an hour of shadow driving, cutting and pulling.
7 Metrosexual men are so nice
Yes, and it stops at that. Sensitivity is all about being there in your own way when she needs you, and letting her fly when she wants to.
8 We are untidy
Most men, apart from a few who have a fetish for body odour and unwashed socks, are quite neat. It’s just that their idea of neatness does not conform to a woman’s.
9 We are more transparent than the men of ’70s and ’80s
That’s a wide down the leg-side. Boys will be boys. And if that means lying through your teeth that you are in a brainstorm and watching a Formula One race, so be it.
10 We are notoriously bad movie-goers
I see many couples, who hold hands going into the theatre, and come out blinking, still holding hands.