compliments

Make It Stop: “I Hate Being Described As ‘Cute'”

Cute isn’t really a compliment when you’re a grown woman and not a baby or a puppy… More »


Hey, Doree Lewak, Catcalling Is Disgusting — Deal With It!

Look, Doree Lewak, I’m not going to tell you not to court male attention or that you’re wrong for enjoying compliments — within reason — from strangers. I’m not going to condescend to you over the fact that it gives you an ego boost, not least of all because hey, to each their own. I… More »


This “Inside Amy Schumer” Sketch Hilariously Illustrates How Badly (Some) Women Are At Receiving Compliments

Have you been watching the new Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer”? I haven’t, but after watching the sketch above, I’m adding it to my now-lean DVR queue. In the clip, Amy and a gaggle of pals (including “Saturday Night Live”‘s Abby Elliott) exchange compliments on everything from clothing items to job promotions to pregnancy… More »


Mirror, Mirror: What Does It Take For You To Believe You’re Beautiful?

We were laying on the couch in the darkness, the new Sofia Coppola movie flickering on the TV screen. Even in my lightest pajamas with the AC blaring, my skin soaked with sweat. I’d just taken a cool-off shower, which washed off all my carefully applied makeup from dinner. My wet hair hung around my… More »


7 Reasons You Should Compliment Total Strangers

Ours is an increasingly insular society. Hop on the subway and you’ll see dozens of people plugged into their phones. Sit down in a cafeteria and you’ll observe dozens more absorbed by e-readers and magazines. Head to the mall and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who wants to talk with, look at,… More »


Nice Toes, Miss: What’s The Strangest Compliment You’ve Ever Gotten?

This morning, I shared the elevator in my apartment building with a couple of random movers. We were making polite chit chat when one of them suddenly said, in a rather flirty/pervy voice, “Nice toes, miss.” Then he tried to eye bang me, but I avoided his gaze as I chuckled and said thank you. More »


Zooey Deschanel Gets Flummoxed After Being Called “Adorable”

“My mom told me when I get compliments, to cover my ears. I mean, I’m sorry. I’m so embarrassed now. Thank you for saying that. Thank you. I don’t know if I’m adorable … Stop, stop. No, no, no, no, no, no. Now I’m really, I’m flustered. Thank you.”
Zooey Deschanel responds during a press… More »


What Are You A Sucker For?

This morning, instead of brewing my own coffee as I normally do, I decided to go out and get a cup. I felt like taking a walk and clearing my head. At 7:45 a.m., still half-asleep, I made the executive decision to go out in mismatched clothing, my hair unbrushed, and last night’s mascara still… More »


Mind Of Man: How To Compliment A Naked Man

How do you compliment a naked man? You don’t. The Golden Rule of Sex is usually do others as you would have them do you, but not in this case. Women enjoy sincere compliments in the bedroom. Not over-rehearsed grunts or snippets of porno dialogue like “Oh baby, you’re so baby, baby.” In my personal… More »


20 Compliments Women Want To Hear

The Frisky mascot and our own “Mind of Man” columnist John DeVore has written a post over at GuySpeak.com called “20 Compliments Men Want to Hear.” O RLY, John? “Men don’t need to be complimented,” he blusters like the proud, pontificating peacock he is. Then he goes on to list a bunch of compliments dudes… More »


15 Words That Are Maybe Even Better Than “Beautiful”

Christina Hendricks’ advice for men in the May issue of Esquire is overflowing with juicy gems — hell, her argument that men should use the word “panties” more because it’s “sexy,” “girlie,” and “naughty” even won me over. (Just don’t try and bring back “moist,” Miss Holloway.) Another quote had me thinking that maybe she’d… More »


Why Do Women Compliment Each Other By Disparaging Themselves?

The Frisky staff recently had some professional photographs taken for PR purposes and we just got the contact sheets in. The second we all started looking at our own pictures — and then each other’s — something very … typical … set in. What I call the “I Look So Ugly, You Look So Pretty” More »


12 Ways To Compliment A Woman

Gifts are nice, but, baby, the best things in life are free. Especially when it comes to your special lady, compliments can go a long way, even longer than giving her a fancy pair of diamond earrings! OK, maybe not that far … But seriously, making a woman feel wanted, appreciated, and totally gorgeous will… More »


Take It From Him: 4 Compliments That Guys Take As Insults

Men can be remarkably thin-skinned. Sometimes even a compliment will send us reeling. We think things through too much (which might not ring true with what you think of guys, but stay with me here). Even the nicest thing can be misconstrued as an attack on our manhood and genitalia, which are inextricably linked, and… More »


Seven Compliments That Won’t Get You Laid

If you’ve thumbed through an issue of Maxim magazine or Men’s Health anytime in the last twenty-five years, you’ve probably read a few pointers on how to properly compliment a woman. Personally, I think these lists can be a little too vague, and quite honestly, a little lame. For example, one list I read recently… More »