There are few things more cringe-inducing than having a bro named Chad serenade you with a poorly played guitar rendition of a sh*tty Bruno Mars song. Oh wait, having that same bro named Chad bombard you with an out-of-nowhere-proposal on the jumbotron at a semi-finals basketball game sucks way, way worse. Dudes, don’t ever make a public proposal unless you know for certain that she’ll say yes. Actually, public proposals just suck in general, but what do I know?
When guys think of ways to romance a girl, some fall flat and go with trite, overly mushy, and straight up clingy gestures. Sure, women like to feel cared for and appreciate thoughtful gifts and time spent, but when you’re leaving her badly written poetry in her mailbox and fluttering flower petals on her bedspread (that sh*t stains, yo!), you can come across as really f*cking cheesy.
Also, assuming that all women like sparkly jewelry and flowers is stupid. Romance is not a one size fits all game. I mean, some might want chocolates and necklaces, but some girls just want a nice serving of d*ck and a bowl of macaroni in bed while watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. So dudes, when you’re trying to think of the perfect, most romantic thing for bae — just remember to keep it simple. And please, under any circumstances, do not play her that 13 minute song you wrote for her while gazing creepily into her eyes without blinking.
If you want to woo your boo, definitely don’t try any of these 23 cringeworthy things:
Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.