24 Things You Need to Know About Women

After taking your breath away on ramps and in ads, these stunning ladies have taken their sexiest turn yet. At the same time, thry do their bit by telling you a few thing you don't know about women. Because, well, you really need to know. Over to Aastha, Aishwarya, Arlette, Jantee and Rajashree. We're all eyes...err, ears!

By Priyam Chaturvedi

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Women are complex, or so we’ve heard. There’s also billions of pages worth of analysis and writing devoted to figuring them out, most of which we’ve not read. (First, because it amounts to pointless debate and, second, well, it’s plain boring.) Women are anything but boring, so we figured we’d do a little digging of our own, assisted by super-hot models Aastha Pokharel, Aishwarya Sushmita, Arlette Evita Grao, Jantee Hazarika and Rajashree Singha. We love women, and they help give us more reasons. Not that we needed them, though, but we all know that any help is welcome.

SHE SPENDS ABOUT 287 DAYS DECIDING WHAT TO WEAR!

Yup, that’s right! According to a recent study, based on an adult lifetime from the age of 16 to 60, women spend almost a year of their life just picking and choosing outfits. (And we’re not even counting the endless hours spent in stores and malls planning to buy those clothes!) Here are the details—on an average, women spend 16 minutes on weekdays, 14 minutes on weekend mornings, and a staggering 20 minutes picking options to dress up on a weekend night. All the waiting-whilethey-get-dressed phenomenon suddenly gets put into perspective, right? That’s not all. The study also found that, on an average, women will try on two outfits in the morning before they pick the one for the day.

SOMETIMES, PICK-UP LINES WORK

We’ve been confused—to use or not to use! Well, we found a study conducted at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, on the use of pick-up lines on over 200 women. The results? Intelligent and funny lines worked well on most women, while the sexually-loaded innuendo chatter left them completely put off. Take note—no more “I can carry a dozen donuts without even using my hands,” kinda business. If you really want to sweep a woman off her feet, try a genuine compliment (“You really do know your martinis, this restaurant makes the best in town.”); make her laugh (“If you were a pirate and I was a tree, I’d let you shiver me timbers.”); or put together your own custom line for the situation (“Did you know this restaurant was an old mine shaft?”); it’ll be difficult, but memorable.

SHE GETS ERECTIONS, TOO!

“The vagina has a series of accordion-like folds called rugae that, during arousal, allows the vagina to increase in length to roughly the same size as the penis,” says Irwin Goldstein, MD and Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. “It’s harder to see, but her body is responding to arousal similarly to your erection, although it might take her longer than it takes you. When you become hard, it’s because your corpus cavernosa—the twin tubes of erectile tissue in your penis—are engorged with blood. The clitoris also has a pair of corpus cavernosa inside it, which means she, too, gets erect when she’s aroused. An erect clitoris will swell, become more sensitive, and increase in size. The inside of her vagina will also expand as blood flow increases.” Enough said, and if you’re like us, you should be Googling “corpus cavernosa.”

SHE’D LOVE YOU TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS

No, that doesn’t mean checking whether to go left or right at the signal! (Though that might also make her happy!) This is about asking for her preferences and choices between the sheets. “Just as many women are faking orgasm today as 20 or 30 years ago,” says sex therapist Dr. Ian Kerner. Talk to her about what she would like more or less of. Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions like “How does this feel?” or “Do you want something different?” Though we suggest you don’t pop questions in the middle of sex, and keep the chatter for later. Sex isn’t a one-way street. And it’s no fun if your partner isn’t enjoying it.

SHE LOVES VARIETY

Thinking it worked the first three times, so it’ll will work the next three times as well is untrue, says Sari Cooper, a clinical sex therapist based in New York. Not to mention myopic and stupid. Women, just like you, love newness in bed. What works for her or turns her on depends on a host of reasons such as her mood and, far more important, where she is in her monthly cycle. “Perhaps her nipples are more sensitive or her genitals are less tingly,” Cooper adds. Pay attention to your partner, advises psychologist Lonnie Barbach, PhD. “Try different things and see how she responds. When you find something that works, linger on it. Women often complain that men move on to the next thing just as they really start to enjoy an activity.”

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“Men need to realise that honesty is the best thing—come clean. Don’t beat around the bush, just go ahead and tell me what you’re feeling!”
AASTHA: The Kathmandu-born model loves the collaborative part of modelling. She likes men who take care of themselves and “are a little domesticated.”

SHE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: “IF I ASK FOR ADVICE, GIVE IT!”

“The fact that I’m asking you for a suggestion or to make a choice for me is proof enough that your opinion matters,” says Ameeta, a realty expert. “‘Whatever you feel’, ‘fine’ or ‘both’ are never acceptable answers!”

SHE THINKS YOUR SELF-OBSESSION STINKS!

It’s okay to talk about things you’re great at, and show off about your great gym routine or how you nailed the presentation at work. But if you’re the only thing you can talk about, then she’s bound to have a problem. “It’s okay to love yourself, but if your entire life revolves only around you, then I’m really not interested!” says Divya Singh, a software engineer. “Women like men who take a genuine interest in them, not the ones who only believe in blowing their own trumpet.” Not literally, of course. Don’t try that, you’ll hurt your back.

WHAT SHE NOTICES ABOUT YOU... FIRST

According to a survey, your eyes and smile are the first things a woman notices. The survey found only one who noticed a man’s abs at first sight. Our Covergirls seem to agree. “When a man walks into a room, the first thing I notice about him is the way he’s dressed and his smile. A well-dressed man with a genuine smile is a win-win situation.” If you can make them smile, they’re already half-impressed. “I may play hard to get, but he’s certainly got my attention.” What’s off-limits? “BO. No woman can deal with it.”

WHAT HER FRIENDS THINK OF YOU, MATTERS

It’s important for women that her friends approve of and like the man in her life. They may not admit it up front, but it’s important for them. Her friends know her well, and they can always gauge if she can be with the man or not.

Aishwarya Sushmita

“SILENCE SPEAKS A LOT. When women are silent, we’re probably speaking a million words inside. Know that and zip it!”
AISHWARYA: She’s spent her early years in Darbhanga and Jaipur, and the lissom lass is very selective about her friends. She tends to pick up on positive vibes, and likes people who are simple and sorted.

SHE BELIEVES MONEY IS NOT (REALLY) THE DECIDING FACTOR

While it’ll be difficult if you do nothing for a living and want to fend off her earnings, most women do not factor in monetary packages while choosing a man. “As long as you’re an independent man and not a leach, who makes more money doesn’t really matter,” says Priya Dhawan, 32, graphic designer.

SHE ALSO STALKS!

Not in a crazy, psycho way, but women admit that they like to keep a casual tab on their exes through social media. “I don’t have feelings for my ex, but I’d just like to know what’s going on in his life, and, more importantly, who’s his current love interest,” says Aditi Garg, a 28-year commerce brand manager from Bengaluru.

SHE ALWAYS WANTS TO BE BETTER DRESSED

No matter how much women lust after well-dressed and perfectlygroomed men, secretly they want to be the better turned out partner. “I’d be a tiny bit upset if my boyfriend gets all the attention at the party and no one even looks at me,” they say.

SHE’S DIFFERENT!

Just because your ex loved long stem red roses, balloons and romcoms, doesn’t mean all women in the world do. Every woman has her own taste. Get to know her and explore what works for her. “Don’t have a set template for womankind. Take her shopping, gift her a puppy… no way! Dating is not a PPT format!” says Mallika Tripathy, 29, assistant art director at a design agency in Mumbai.

Arlette Grao

“Men should know that no matter if I’m looking beautiful or like a dog, I AM THERE. Recognise that and always appreciate that!”
ARLETTE: The Mumbai-born and bred Goan says a major part of her heritage is cuisine. And the fact that she’s a beach bum. “It’s when I’m one with myself, where I find tranquillity and solidarity.”

WHY SHE MAY CHEAT

Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, author of Why Him? Why Her? and Why We Love, says, “Women are more interested in supplementing their marriage or jumping ship than men are— for men, it is a secondary strategy as opposed to an alternate.” Women only cheat when they’re not happy with their primary relationship, as opposed to men, who might cheat on impulse even when they are absolutely happy in their relationships.

EVEN IF SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER, SHE’LL PRETEND THAT SHE DOES

“Sometimes I don’t remember what you did three weeks ago that triggered our fight, but I will pretend that I do and ensure you feel sorry about it,” admits Maya, 24, a make-up artist.

SHE CONSIDERS IT CHEATING WHEN…

As soon as you’re doing something that you wish she wouldn’t find out—whether its a phone call, a dinner or a kiss—you’ve crossed the line.

SHOPPING CARDS MAKE GREAT GIFTS

She knows you can’t tell the difference between a cold-shoulder and an off-shoulder, and she’d like you to leave the decision making to her. Can’t think of what gift to give her? Simple. Pick up a gift card instead.

SHE LOVES TO BE PAMPERED

No matter how independent your woman is, she will never say no to pampering.

SAYING “RELAX” WON’T MAKE HER CALM DOWN DURING A FIGHT

Ever heard of the adage “adding fuel to fire?” Well, using this term is one of them.

Jantee

“Men should know most women subconsciously look for their dads in them. Be understanding and support us without judging us. At least try!”
JANTEE: The Guwahati-born was a fashion design major before she became a model, and is inspired by Tyra Banks. She says women work hard to make relationships work, and men should do the same.

SHE KNOWS WHEN YOU’RE LYING

Not from Day One, but if you’ve been dating for a bit, a woman can tell if you’re making shit up or if you’re being honest. Maxim tip: Spare the trouble and be honest up front.

SHE PREFERS THE BREAK-UP TO CHEATING

While both of them will hurt, knowing that you chose someone over her when you were together does far more damage.

SHE IS OBSESSED WITH SHOES

You know that feeling of pride when we discuss and show off our porn stack? It’s the same with women and shoes. #Respect

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“Men should educate themselves about our periods. You have no idea how much it hurts and it’s not the same as getting hit in the balls! Just stop comparing it.”
RAJASHREE: Proud of her North-Eastern background and good friends with Jantee (in the background), she loves romance. She’d like a man to find out something special about her and surprise her

SHE WANTS YOU TO KEEP HER UPDATED

Not like a minute-by-minute schedule, but women appreciate it if they know what’s going on in their man’s life, in general. “It makes mefeel like I’m a part of his life,” they say.

SHE EXPECTS YOU TO CALL HER

“While I don’t mind making the first move, showing that you’re interested and want to take things ahead is a big plus,” says Mohita, a marketing pro. “It doesn’t mean you act creepy and call me all the time, but I expect you to call me just to catch up.”

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Photographed by Jatin Kampani
Styled by Santu Misra
Make-up by Donald Simrock at TFM (India)
Hair by Maitei at TFM (India)