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What Does It Mean When A Guy Makes Fun Of You?

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When girls are young, they’re always told that the boys who tease them secretly like them. “Pulling pigtails”, they call it. We always just assume that guys will grow out of that vaguely childish behavior, but women often find that when they’re older, guys will continue teasing them.

Sometimes, the pulling pigtails behavior doesn’t always mean what we’re told as kids. Women from all over are left confused and a little annoyed when men start making fun of them, even when they’re otherwise entirely pleasant. Guys who make fun of women come in a variety of flavors, with an array of reasons.

Some of them might not even know why they’re doing it. So what’s the truth? What does it really mean when a guy starts teasing and making fun of you? It’s a leftover instinct from when they were boys?

1. He likes you

This is usually what most people will tell you when you ask them why a guy who is otherwise entirely pleasant to you teases and makes fun of you. Sometimes, guys really don’t grow out of that ten year old phase of being mean to the girls they like. You’ll probably be able to tell if he likes you by the way he makes fun of you.

Is he teasing you to get you to loosen up and learn to laugh at yourself a little bit? If so, he probably doesn’t mind it when you take a few digs at him too. Playful teasing is probably the type of guy’s main form of joking and connecting with people. Don’t take it too seriously, especially if his jokes don’t come at the expense of making you feel poorly about yourself.

2. He feels threatened – or vulnerable

Guys who make fun of you can come in a variety of flavors, and one of these flavors is definitely defensive. It’s no secret that guys tend to mature emotionally a lot slower than women. When a guy likes you – you know, really likes you! – he can feel incredibly vulnerable. Guys like this tend to react to vulnerability to defensiveness.

He may feel like the only way to make himself feel like the big strong macho man he’s supposed to be is by making fun of you – which means, in the end, he’s probably going to get the opposite of what he wants. It’s no use trying to wait for this type of guy to grow up. Brush off his jokes and keep an eye out for a guy who can at least admit his feelings.



Of course, on the flip side – he might not even like you. Maybe you just really intimidate him with your looks, your accomplishments, your personality.

3. He’s just a jerk

Let’s face it – some guys make fun of women because they’re just flat out mean. You’ll probably be able to tell whether he likes you or not by the way he treats you the rest of the time. If he’s constantly making derisive statements and mean-spirited jokes, but never seems to have something nice to say, he’s probably just getting off on making you feel embarrassed or angry.

Some guys get a power trip from making women upset, and making fun of them for the way the talk, the things they like or the way they look is a sure fire way for guys to be able to exploit the kind of vulnerability that gets women fired up. In short: he’s an ass, and not worth even getting indignant over. When he figures out that he can’t rile you up, he’ll eventually get bored and either start acting like a human being, or move on.

When a guy is making fun of you, make sure you keep track of how he treats you otherwise. A guy who doesn’t have anything else to say to you other than jabs about your work, interests and personality probably isn’t harboring a secret crush on you. And likewise, a guy who just takes part in some playful teasing probably isn’t trying to get you made just for the fun of it.

Guys often have a hard time discussing their feelings, so they end up doing something like this: making fun of women and leaving women confused about what they actually want! If you’re not into it, stand your ground and confront him. You’ll either get him to fess up to why he’s actually doing it, or at the very least get him to knock it off.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. I’m 13 and there’s a kid I hate and I always tell him to stop but he makes comments on things like my weight and things I can’t control like acne, etc. I have a feeling that he doesn’t like me because I don’t like him but how do I know if he likes me.

    • It sounds as though you have an unusual relationship with this person. As long as he continues to disrespect you, you should not attempt to establish a relationship with this person. Treat him with kindness and compassion. Avoid or endure him when he is present, and allow any insults or harsh words fade from your thoughts. Have a great day, Anon!

  2. Comment: There is one guy,one year older than me teaches us (my best friend and me) physics keeps making fun of me.well there are good reasons like I panic and talk too much but still..He is very good with my best friend.Quite I feel that he admires her as she is very polite and quiet,at least she doesn’t speak as much as I do.
    So he keeps teasing me and laughs while watching me doing stuff. I really feel weird when he does so. I feel sad too sometimes. I guess he dislikes me.

    • He likely does not dislike you. It is probable that he is sharing his thoughts through jokes. If you feel that his actions are inappropriate, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. This will ensure that the two of you clear up any confusions that may be present. Have a great day, Simi!

  3. Hey I’m 14 years old and i am getting harassed by this boy. He mimickes me and my movements often. he even finds things to tease me about such as my lips 👄. I don’t know what this means. I think he doesn’t like me.

    • If you believe that his actions are meant to be hurtful, then immediately speak with him or someone that you trust and explain that you want him to stop. It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Brie!

  4. There’s this guy that I don’t exactly like but I feel like he likes me. Likes he’s super clingy and always making jokes and he’s always around me. Like for instance if I went to go sit down somewhere he would come and sit right next to me and if someone’s already there he’ll literally force them to move so he can sit with me.

    • He is interested in spending time with you. It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Danielle!

  5. Hi,there is this guy in my team which much younger than me like 5 years gaps. He loves to share his problems (family,feeling,work,his long distance girlfreind or anything). We could spend hours just talking and discussing hows life about. Always asking for my opinions on certain things.He consistently telling jokes or make fun of me in front of everyone. He never feel ashamed to share about anything. He keeps repeating the songs that i sang. He always notice if there is a guy tried to flirt with me. Knowing that his GF is much prettier than me makes me wondering why he behave like that.is it just me getting wrong signals or he just comfortable around me?

    • He is currently in a relationship, so there is no reason for you to attempt to establish a relationship with this person. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with him. If his relationship ends and you determine that you are interested in developing a relationship with him, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Ron!

  6. okay, this guy always makes fun of my i insecurities like my.forehead. it’s not even that big like, barely 4 fingers fit on it, bit the more i look at pictures of myself the more it seems like im an alien. with a big forehead. he always brings it up and laughs about it and i fake laugh but it actually makes me kinda upset because im already self-concious about literally everything that’s on my body. ugh.

    • It is normal to be self conscious about your body. He may be teasing you to get a reaction from you. If you believe that he is purposefully attempting to harm your feelings, then remove him from your life. If you think he is trying to be friendly and you want him to stop, then explain your feelings to him. Whatever decision you make, you will find that being direct and honest about your thoughts and feelings will bring productive results. Have a great day, Anon!

  7. There’s this guy that I have in my class and he was talking to a group of guys and he was like “who would ever want to date (my name)?” And then I told him that was rude of him and he said he was just kidding, some times he says my name wrong on purpose and sometimes says hello to me in the mornings. I don’t know if he likes me or hates me

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. However, his actions are immature and unacceptable. Take this time to determine if you think his actions should be discussed. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. You may find benefit in looking inward and determining what you want for the future. Have a great day, Emma!

  8. There’s this guy that likes this other girl a lot but he likes teasing me for fun it’s funny and he also likes playing around with me he also sometimes touches my hand dose that mean he likes me ?

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. If he is single, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. If he is in a relationship, then allow your emotional energy to be focused elsewhere. Have a great day, Person!

  9. there are boys at my school and they call me ethier no gender or a boy and I really try to dress kike a girly and act girly but I doesn’t help. What do I do?

    • These boys are immature and choose to treat you poorly because they can not handle their own sexuality. Allow their statements to fade from your mind. Focus your attention on your friends and school work. If you find that you want to continue to develop a feminine style, then do so. Have a great day, Grace!

  10. Okay so my friend has been acting super weird lately. He was always a tease, but in these last couple of months, almost all he was doing was basically waiting for me to say something so he cam quickly judge. Everytime we’re with a group of friends he manages to find something to bother me or make me feel bad about myself. At first I thought he liked me but now stuff have seriously gone out of control and his anger/bullying are just too much. I try to think whether i did something that hurt him but I’m 99% sure I didn’t. I keep telling him to stop but he always manages to blame me for being dramatic. Even my friends started to notice and this really hurts me cause I really liked him. Emphasis on past tense.

    • He may have previously had feelings for you. He may still have feelings for you, but he is unable to share those feelings in a mature manner. Whatever his reasons for his actions, he is inappropriate. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. If he continues to mistreat you and ignore your feelings, then remove him from your life. Have a great day, Tina!

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Sabrina!

  11. There’s a boy at my school and he teases me a lot but when he’s not teasing me he is really nice to me but I don’t think he likes me I think he likes one of my friends. What do I do? 🤔

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Anon!

  12. At my work place there is a guy who was initially friendly but now makes fun of me. He repeats whatever I say in a funny accent, makes fun of my height (Im tiny but totally okay with it) and also of my country at times. He does this in public and today in front of the bosses. I find it highly annoying. I think I will go have a talk with him soon. One on one. Pls. advice. Why is he behaving this way? I am just tired of dealing with complicated men!

    • It is possible that he was interested in developing a relationship with you. It is possible that he is uncertain or confused about his thoughts and feelings. Whatever his reasons, his actions are inappropriate. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Confused!

      • There’s this boy that micmikes me all the time. He talks to other boys about me. They called me his girl once. He even said rude things about me.he even listens to my conversations

        • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Aubrionna!

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