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18 Things That Caught Men Totally Off Guard About Women

Women are tricky beasts. Men often think they know everything about them, and then BAM, they get into a relationship with them and realize there is so much more they can learn! Women have so many working parts and secrets it can be hard to learn them all. So the question is often asked, what is something that you didn’t know about women before you were in a relationship?


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One Redditor wrote, “How much they shed.”

Another Redditor added, “To be fair, I started growing my hair out two years ago, and I now cannot tell instantly whose hair is all over the house.”

Washing Machine Rules

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A popular comment was, “Evidently, you’re not supposed to put bras in the dryer. They turn into shrinky dinks. And bras are expensive to replace.”

Another user replied, “They aren’t really supposed to be machine washed either. Life expectancy if bras go way up if you handwash them, the frail guys.”

Hair Bands Everywhere

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A user wrote, “The amount of hair bands that will appear out of nowhere. They multiply all over the place!”

A second user replied, “I had long hair a while ago. I still find hair bands of mine in the most random spots.”

A third responded, “Bobby pins too! For some reason, we can only find them when we’re vacuuming; lol”

Time Getting Ready

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One person wrote, “How long it takes to put on makeup, shower, and get ready to do anything.”

A second person replied, “As a guy, sometimes it shocks me how LITTLE time it’s taken me to get ready before. I’ve had days where I’ve gone from Asleep to Working within 20 minutes.”

Toilet Paper

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A Redditor replied, “I’m married to a woman and have 2 daughters. SO MUCH TOILET PAPER.”

Another Redditor added, “My boyfriend was SHOOK when my daughter and I moved in. He didn’t realize women use toilet paper every time they go to the bathroom.”

Vent Sessions

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A most liked comment read, “Sometimes when they’re complaining about something, they don’t want solutions. They just want to vent/rant to a listening ear.”

Another one was, “This is one of the most important lessons I learned early on in my relationship with my current fiancée.”


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A user added, “They always want to be doing something. If they’re not, they’re making plans for what we’re going to be doing.”

A second user replied, “Yes! I dated someone like that last year. We couldn’t just hang out at either of our places. Whenever we saw each other, we had to actually go out to eat or go for a walk, hike, or drive. Don’t get me wrong, I like that stuff too, but I don’t want to do it every time.”

Lots of Talking

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Another funny comment was, “They like to talk a lot.”

Someone then responded, “And they get offended when you stop paying attention to who bought a lame birthday present to whom after they’ve been retelling conversations line by line for half an hour.”


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A Redditor commented, “They can also be slobs, and (while the human body and bodily processes aren’t gross) they can be just as gross as men.”

Another Redditor replied, “Man, I was waiting for this comment. It’s so true. I never actually knew this was a thing until I first lived with a woman and was surprised by many of her habits and behaviors. I got called many names for asking her to clean up after herself, so yea.”


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A most-liked comment was, “They set alarms for birth control.”

Another said, “You have to take it at the same time every day, no mess ups, no “oops, I’m out of the house I’ll just take it in a few hours.” So you set alarms so you don’t forget.”

Sacred Space 

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One Redditor wrote, “How sacred their space is to them. In my apartment, I couldn’t care less where you put things as long as it makes sense. Hell, I don’t even have a set place for where everything goes, and I often decide to put things where they make sense at the time I’m putting them away.”

Another Redditor responded, “Or small plates in the large plate cupboard. Or frying pans in the saucepan cupboard.”

Realistic Dreams

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A response to the question was, “How much what dream they had that night changes their entire day.”

Another response was, “Or that they can feel justifiably mad at you for something you did IN THEIR DREAM.”


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A user added, “How much validation they need. It’s brutal out there for them.”

A second user commented, “It’s sickening at the amount of reassurance I need. But I’m in therapy for that.”


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One comment was, “They fart. A lot.”

Another user commented, “Yeah, dude, my GF farts like a damn whole herd of cattle.”

Bathroom Issues

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One Redditor wrote, “How much stuff/how messy they are in the bathroom. My vanity before literally had a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and a hairbrush on it.”

A second Redditor replied, “Your bathroom will become 75% her stuff, 25% yours..or less..”

Lots of Lotion

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A funny comment read, “I had no idea many women slather on moisturizer over most of their body after every single shower. Still pretty mind-blowing, tbh.”

Bowel Movements

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One user wrote, “They have the ability to poop!”

Another user added, “They actually poop, and it’s more than one time a year.”

A third responded with, “They poop in silent mode.”

Unfinished Drinks

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A Redditor replied, “They never finish Their drinks and leave 1/4 left in tins/ bottles everywhere.”
There you have it, 18 things men didn’t know about women before being in a relationship. Redditors gave out a lot of information, and I guess you probably learned something! What is something you didn’t know about women? What did you learn?

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