“Proper husband material”? She’s already married.
Jocelyn Woods

On behalf of the entire male sex, I would like to thank you for your consideration, but also remind you that the sentence “Kind of you to offer, but I have errands to run” can be interpreted two ways:

  1. “I have been waiting my entire life for someone exactly like you, but my appendix just burst. Please promise you will be waiting by my hospital bed when the anesthesia wears off, so we can begin our life together.”
  2. “Know this: you will never, ever see me naked.”

Well, those may be extreme interpretations, but there is definitely an open question in the man’s mind: “Did she give me an excuse to be polite, or because she wants me to ask again?”

The odd thing is, although there are only two possible answers, the man will guess wrong 90% of the time. I don’t understand how that works, but it does.

If a man makes you an offer that does not appeal to you, please, please, I beg of you, again on behalf of my entire sex, just say no. Don’t make an excuse, don’t give him a story. You don’t even have to apologize unless you are feeling especially generous.

“No” is a perfectly respectful, and extraordinary helpful, answer.

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