No, you don’t look fat.
Translation: I know you want me to say you don’t look fat, so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Of course, not all men and women are cut out the same way. Some men are passive-aggressive and certain women avoid confrontation to spare their guys’ feelings. But if only we could reach a middle ground! We could start getting rid of these communication clichés, and have the courage to speak honestly about what we want and feel—tactfully, of course!

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