We’ve read about the lies men tell. Now it’s women’s turn. Read on:
1. “I’ve only been with (insert number) guys before you.” Women feel pressured by society to maintain a clean sexual record, so it is quite common for a woman to lie about the number of sexual partners she’s had. Studies show that when a young woman (age 18-25) is asked how many sexual partners she’s had while hooked to a lie detector, her answers practically doubled from the women who were asked without the machine. The median number of sex partners with the machine was 4.4 lovers and 2.6 without. When young men were given the same question, their answers differed from 4 to 3.7, respectively.
2. “I don’t know where it is,” “I haven’t touched it,” or “I didn’t throw it away.” She could be telling the truth, she could just not want to get up to help him find it, or she may have intentionally thrown it out. He’ll never know the truth, but every woman knows a little divine intervention is sometimes necessary for men to part with those flannel shirts they’ve worn since 1986.
3. “You look great.” Studies show that women prey on other women – highly praising them when they’re wearing an inferior outfit to their own, for instance. They disguise these little white lies as compliments, when what they are actually saying is “Wow, I look a lot better than you do.” In cases where the other woman does not pose a threat, she may say nothing, or she may casually spill a drink on their rival’s “little red dress” in hopes of playing down their attractiveness. It is in their nature for women to compete for attention. Not every woman does this, of course, but a surprising number do (38 percent, according to research).
4. “Yes, I’m on the pill.” A recent survey found that one-third of women claimed that if a partner was not interested in having a baby (and they were), they would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant. This is quite a few more than the one-fifth who check their partners e-mails, or the one-tenth who have followed their partner to see where they were going. This brings us to yet another all-too-common lie between men and women during the early stages of relationship development: “I trust you.”
5. “I’m not lying.” Studies show an overwhelming number of women who lie would not only do it again, but feel entitled to lie in the first place. This is especially true when a woman is cheating on a partner whom she feels has done her wrong in some way (by having an affair, mistreating or ignoring her, etc). Women are also less likely to feel guilty when their indiscretions did not involve an emotional attachment, but rather a random roll across their office desk. Men, on the other hand, suffer from guilt regardless of there being an emotional attachment, according to studies.
It has also been found that nearly 95 percent of women have either claimed to “love” a gift they disliked, or praised an unsuccessful partner in the bedroom as having an “amazing” sexual technique. Women appear to be especially comfortable lying over the phone, but perhaps the most amazing statistic of all is that three quarters of these liars actually believe their partner would never do the same to them!
What are your favorite lies women tell?