For the most part, people want predictable things from a romantic relationship. Affection and love are hardly unexpected. But as it turns out, there are also some surprising things men want in a relationship if they're going to stick around. For the most part, these needs are pretty sweet and totally understandable.
To be sure, plenty of modern couples have shaken off the hurtful old stereotypes about manly men and docile women. It's hardly news that all humans have emotional needs. Still, it can be easy to overlook the fact that many males long for greater emotional reassurance. And yes, sometimes they want physical affection that isn't necessarily all about sex. There's a lot of buzz these days around toxic masculinity and its negative effects, and even (or perhaps especially) romantic relationships suffer from those old cliches too. However, you can guard your own relationships against these damaging ways of thinking.
So to learn more, Romper reached out to a whole team of marriage therapists, couples counselors, and even health & wellness experts. They shared some great insights into the simple and straightforward things that males often need from a relationship. Really, being open, honest, and vulnerable is necessary for just about anyone in a couple. It's just a part of being human.