10 Masks Guys Wear Just To Get In Your Pants

10 Masks Guys Wear Just To Get In Your Pants

We live in an era of face apps and filters and it’s getting harder to recognize what’s authentic and what’s just for show. In the dating world, guys will often put on a different front to get what they want (and let’s be honest, it’s usually sex). Before you fall for any of these guises, make sure it’s the real deal.

  1. The Feminine Guy When a guy uses femininity as a mask to pick up, he’s sometimes referred to as a Stray. First coined in the gay community, the term Stray applies to a straight man who acts gay, or at least somewhere above a four on the Kinsey scale. While pretending not to be heterosexual predators looking to score, these guys can build trust, comfort and have fun with women who aren’t worried about ulterior motives. Aside from being super insulting and generalizing to the gay population, as a bedding tactic, it’s also creepy AF.
  2. The Sad Sack  This guy usually comes complete with big doe eyes and a sob story. He might have recently had his heart broken or is divulging information about his parents’ painful divorce. I once had a guy I barely knew try to persuade me to go out with him because his grandpa died and he “needed a distraction.” Pro tip: using a deceased relative to score a date is generally a no-no. Although your nurturing instincts may be to swoop in and provide comfort, you should probably be skeptical as to why a guy would disclose such personal info to someone he barely knows.
  3. The Nomad We all follow one of these types on social media: always in a different country and oversharing their adventures abroad. He claims to live on the road and probably uses the phrase “island time,” despite only spending a couple of weeks in Hawaii on vacation. It’s all usually to compensate for the fact he lives with his mom eight months out of the year. But yeah, there is something appealing about this guy, after all, he’s interesting, well-traveled and spontaneous. Just remember, he probably has STIs from several different countries.
  4. The Monogamist Exercising caution when dealing with a ‘relationship guy’ is always wise. Particularly because they may be full of crap. He claims to not be interested in casual sex and may even imply a relationship could be on the cards, but don’t be naive. Even if he actually is a monogamist, be careful you’re not just the transition girl between serious relationships.
  5. The Spirit Junkie I myself am a yoga teacher and know a bunch of genuine yoga loving hippies, but beware of the posers. Every second person these days eats vegan, does yoga or meditates. And just because he’s got several photos on Instagram in Tree pose doesn’t mean he’s spiritually advanced beyond trying to score. Or that he’s any less interested in seeing you naked. Namaste far away from your spirit stick, thanks.
  6. The Sensitive Guy While it’s great for men to practice sensitivity to better understand their females counterparts, using it as a method to get in their pants kind of counteracts the whole thing. He will listen to your worries, understand your feelings and will probably swoop in during a low point. But the second you sense he’s hinting at wanting something in return, it’s time to call BS.
  7. The Sex God You may be thinking, “This isn’t a mask, it’s fairly transparent.” But this facade is actually way more common than you may realize. Tinder in chock full of this guy: the profiles composed of mainly ab shots with some crude pick-up line in the bio. I’ve trolled a couple of these guys for a laugh and find beyond a couple of very lame, sexual innuendos, they usually severely lack social skills. So I highly doubt their bedroom skills are very developed either, at least not to the standard they claim. Swipe left.
  8. The Nice Guy Always be wary of anyone who harps on about how nice they are. Just because he parades himself as one of the good guys doesn’t mean he’s any less capable of being a jerk. In fact, if he feels the need to broadcast it, that’s the first sign he might actually have ulterior motives. Genuinely nice people don’t shout it from the rooftops, they let their actions and words speak for themselves.
  9. The Fitness Enthusiast This guy is more than just a gym buff. He claims to be the ‘outdoorsy type’ and has probably posted pictures of his perfect macro meals on more than one occasion. But be aware it’s not hard to be a fake in the fitness world. He’ll probably invite you on a hike to show you some beautiful hidden location, only to have other sweaty activities in mind. So if you decide to hang out with this guy, he may have more than a smoothie bowl on the agenda.
  10. The Friend The most deceiving of all masks. This kind of poser spends time and energy building trust and wearing down your walls with a different end game in mind. Being friends with someone while harboring romantic feelings is one thing, but manipulating a feeling of security to increase your chances of getting lucky is quite another. Any guy who masquerades as a friend with ulterior motives of the sexual variety is the ultimate creeper.
Tabitha is a freelance writer and editor who is currently trying and failing to achieve a tan in Queensland, Australia. When she's not traveling the world in search of the country with the best food (and hottest dudes), she is living the perfect hermit life and fostering her unhealthy addiction of "The Bold and the Beautiful."