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1. Ask. Her. Out.
Yes, we’re unfortunately forced to state the obvious. Whether it’s at the gym or the bar, or even on a dating app, guys these days are so hesitant to just pull the trigger and request a time and a place to enjoy our company. Has hiding behind your smart phone or computer screen really made you that apathetic about taking a gal out for a proper date? Take the plunge; trust us. Society and (maybe) your penis will thank you.

2. A compliment at the beginning of the first date is welcome; an aggressive knee grab isn’t.
We really appreciate hearing that you like our dress. But telling us our threads are sexy while pulling an excessively long, creepy lower back caress? Hard pass. It’s the beginning of the date; we don’t know if we’re into this yet and the alcohol hasn’t decided for us yet either.

3. We love when you ask questions about us.
This is one of those simple things dudes can do to make us dig you a little more. We love hearing about your scuba diving trips, mom, cat, and high school soccer championship, but we would love if you also inquired about our job, dog, sibling, and TV binge watch guilty pleasure. The showing-actual-interest-in-our-lives struggle is real.

4. We put SO much damn work into preparing for this.
Please remember how much green your dream girl might have dropped on pre-date prep. Waxing, shaving, manicures, pedicures, artfully applying makeup, getting our hair done or sweating through doing it ourselves—that’s all time and money, man. And none of that even accounts for what goes into picking out an outfit that’s flirty but still says, “Oh this?”

5. The 3-day rule is archaic.
If you had fun, send a text the next day to tell us that. We repeat: Please don’t worry about seeming over-eager. We’d like to hear from you, and a text takes less than a minute. Oh, and don’t be weirded out if we text you first. IT MEANS WE LIKE YOU.

6. If we have sex with you on the first date, it’s because we want to.
It’s not because we’re “easy” or “slutty” or any other tired AF label. It’s 2016, and if getting some action on the first date is the only reason you don’t want to go out again, thank you. You probably did us a favor.

7. Getting a buzz is cool; getting freshman-year-of-college level drunk is not.
For those who drink it, alcohol can be a welcome social lubricant for a man and a woman considering each other for penetration, but we’d advise you not get shit housed. You’re not getting any if you’re barfing in the Uber before the first kiss.

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