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4 times when you shouldn't call women cute

Posted January 27

Women like compliments, and there is a special time and place for describing a woman as "cute." But, you need to keep in mind that fluffy bunnies and little children are called "cute" frequently.

Here are four situations when saying, “You’re cute” to a woman is inappropriate:

1. When she’s dressed up

When a woman makes an effort to look beautiful, and the only response you offer her is “You look cute,” she is not going to feel confident. She will feel like all the effort she made in looking stunning, sexy or beautiful was for nothing. She will more than likely be upset if "cute" is the only word you can muster.

If a woman makes an effort to look good, take the time to compliment her accordingly. Show her you recognize her effort and she will be confident and pleased in return.

2. When she is angry

Despite any facial expressions or hand gestures, you should never call a woman "cute" when she is angry or frustrated, especially if her frustration stems from something you've done. Calling her "cute" in this situation indicates that you don’t value her feelings or thoughts, and laughing at her facial expressions or expressing her adorableness will only infuriate her more. Instead, make her feel valued and listen carefully to what she has to say.

3. When she is at a work function

It doesn’t matter if you're attending her work function or if she is attending yours, "cute" is not an appropriate term of endearment in a business setting. "Cute" in this sense can make a woman look or feel like she is insignificant, arm candy or unimportant.

Instead, praise her skills and accomplishments and use words like "beautiful" or "amazing." These words will raise her up in conversation and make her feel special and important.

4. When she shares her accomplishments

A woman shares her accomplishments when she is proud of them. Calling her efforts "cute" is the same as saying, “Well good try” or “I don’t care enough about you to pay attention.”

Be proud of what she has done, and make your pride in her clear. Appreciate the time she put into the project she is showing you.

"Cute" isn’t a forbidden word, and some women even strive for a “cute look” or enjoy the compliment. Yet, most women in general do not want to be called "cute" in any of the above situations. The best advice you can take is to wise in your words when you talk to women.

Stacie Simpson is a journalism student. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.

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