Men claim they aren't as bad as women think
- Could 127 million American women be wrong? Despite what men and women think
they know about each other, a new survey reveals the two genders don't know
each other as well as they think. In fact, according to this survey of the
opposite sexes about their perceptions of men's behavior, men may deserve more
credit than women give them.
The Seagram's VO Gold "It's What Men Do" survey
reveals some interesting and often humorous differences between the sexes
and begs the question: Are male stereotypes perpetuated by men's actual
behavior, or by women's expectations of bad behavior? Here's what the
When it comes to romance more than half of the women surveyed, 53
percent, think men would rather spend a night out with the boys than a
romantic evening with their sweethearts. Yet, nearly three in four men
(73 percent) said they'd prefer a romantic evening at home.
Interestingly, it looks as if romance does not die with marriage, as
married men were 14 percent more likely than unmarried men to prefer an
intimate night of romance.
Men and women both know when it comes to romance, time spent together is
as much about quality as it is quantity. So how do men behave when they
are with their significant other? More than two out of every three men
surveyed insisted they never ogle at other women in front of their
girlfriends or wives, yet nearly the same number of women (62 percent)
said men have "checked out the competition" in front of them.
Truth or Dare
Lying to the one you love is a sure way to put out the romantic flame.
This may be troubling news to men, since most women have serious doubts
about how truthful men are when responding to common questions. Nearly 8
in 10 women reported that they believe men lie about where they have
been, while only 21 percent of men admit to telling tales. Women also
believe men lie about: their age (48 percent), weight (64 percent),
waist size (55 percent) and whether they color their hair (68 percent).
Men see themselves as more honest and less vain than women perceive them
to be as 70 percent of men claimed to lie about none of the above, while
only 5 percent of women gave them as much credit!
When it comes to taking their wives to a "chick flick," the married man
doesn't go the extra mile. Single men (30 percent) would rather make the
sacrifice to sit through another one of those not-so-tough guy movies to
please their woman as opposed to only 19 percent of married men. But
women seem to know what movies make men's hearts race. Nearly 30 percent
of women named "The Godfather" as men's favorite classic movie -- the
exact same percentage of men who named it their favorite.
Oops, I forgot
Thankfully it is what you get not when you get it, because the majority
of women surveyed by VO Gold (94 percent) believe that men do
last-minute shopping for anniversary and birthday gifts. Admittedly not
perfect in the gift-giving category, men claim making the last-minute
rush for anniversary (57 percent) and birthday (64 percent) gifts.
When asked what celebrity they would most like to date, the majority of
men chose Julia Roberts as their dream date. Jennifer Lopez (19 percent)
ranked second overall but was more popular with younger men.
Coincidently, 36 percent of women think Julia Roberts is the celebrity
men would most want to date.
Men and women agree that men are unlikely to consider dating a taller
woman (46 percent and 32 percent respectively).
Stop in the Name of Love
While men may stop for love, women are significantly less likely than
their male counterparts to believe that men would stop and ask for
directions when lost. In fact, nearly half (46 percent) of the men
surveyed -- more than six-fold the number of women -- say they are
extremely likely to ask for help.
Men (36 percent) and women (37 percent) alike describe themselves/men as
a "guy's guy."
While few women would argue that today's men have brought back the Age
of Chivalry, men would argue women aren't giving them enough credit for
their good behavior. While it's the traditional "his" word against
"hers," one thing is clear -- men at least think they are behaving well,
and that's got to be worth something!
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About the Seagram's VO Gold National Survey
The Seagram's VO Gold "It's What Men Do" survey is a national telephone
survey of 500 men and 500 women about men's behavior in various
situations relating to romance, relationships, sports, social situations
and a variety of general topics. The survey extends the brand's "It's
What Men Do" advertising campaign. The margin of error for the 2001
survey is +/- 2.6 percent.