23 Cringeworthy Things Guys Do When They’re Trying To Be Romantic


The compliment, “goddess”. Some women may like this, but I find it so over the top that’s it’s glib and insincere. I don’t want to be put on a pedestal or be a goddess. Also, when the compliments start out so big, where else is there to go? Again, just my take on it, I know there are women out there that probably really love being called goddesses.


I don’t know really what men think is romantic tbh, but something I’ve seen that makes me cringe is loud public displays of affection. Like I was walking downtown once and this guy had a 4 piece band with him playing something while he proposed to his girlfriend. I died of second hand embarrassment.


My first boyfriend thought “babe” etc was too douchey so he decided to call me “angel.” I told him it sounded super cringey but apparently I didn’t get a say in my pet name.


A dude left a romantic letter (which contained a poem he had written) and a rose (sprinkled with his perfume) in our mailbox to my sister in high school, after being rejected multiple times. She could barely read it to us through her tears of laughter.

Written by Laura McNairy

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.