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9 Misconceptions About Twentysomething Guys

We're not rolling around in filth, constantly drinking and trying to bang.

1. They're infantile idiots.
Twentysomething guys can get way too into fantasy football or beer pong or seeing which roommate can eat the most saltines in an hour. We can do all of these things and still have legitimate interests and read Kierkegaard. And besides, finding out which of our roommates can eat the most saltines is legitimately important.

2. They're obsessed with sex and nothing else. 
We're obsessed with sex, sure, but it's not like we run, screaming into the woods from long-term relationships until we hit our 30s.

3. They're emotional black holes. 
Guys in their 20s can still be sensitive and caring and all that other junk. We're still learning to be romantic (probably on a budget), but that doesn't mean our idea to bring home Burger King and eat it by tea-candlelight isn't genuine.

4. They have no life skills. 
After college, everyone gets released into the world, like newborn calves. That doesn't mean we have no idea how to do laundry or make something for dinner that's more complex than cereal.

5. They eat nothing but pizza and cheeseburgers. 
Pizza and cheeseburgers are amazing, but that would get old, fast. We're not all shoving every high-fat, greasy, food we can shove down our gullet. Some of us shop at Healthy Options. 

6. They have no idea how to dress.
Not every twentysomething guy thinks cargo shorts and a dress shirt looks good.

7. They basically live in a giant trash pile. 
Plenty of twentysomething guys don't walk around their apartments tossing apple cores and beer bottles over their shoulders with wild abandon. We can be neat freaks too. Now stop leaving your bras in the bathroom.

8. They're misogynistic. 
No one in their right mind is anti-gender-equality. There are definitely dudes who are still in their wrong mind (like the guys sending you unsolicited dick pics on Tinder), but a lot of twentysomething guys who respect women are just ignorant about sexism. Please be patient with us.

9. They're intensely selfish. 
Plenty of young guys dedicate their lives to volunteer work or do time with Habitat for Humanity. Not every guy is throwing adult tantrums just because you won't go out with him. The ones who are are officially disbarred from manhood.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors. 

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