I wish I had met a guy like you when I was younger! Let me explain. I grew up in a rural area where the local guys used to have competitions to see how many females they could "have" in a weekend and would mark their conquests with a notch on their steering wheels or dashboard!
I was determined to not be a part of this culture and moved out of the town, but not before I was almost taken advantage of by three of these guys while I was out walking.
My sister was not so lucky and was raped in bed while being the guest of one of these guys mothers.
So what kind of guy would I have preferred to have known? One like you "down-to-earth, polite, kind, considerate, intelligent, tender-hearted, respectful, responsible and genuinely sensitive. I'm not interested in one-night stands or cheap hook-ups. I value committed, authentic romantic relationships."
Where were guys like you when I was younger?
Hold on to your morals and your self respect, also tot he respect of others.
I'm hoping that one day you will meet a lady who will love all of your amazing qualities.
Like Geoff mentioned, don't worry about what your mates say, do they respect women, are they exaggerating a little, who knows.
He also gave you some good tips on how to communicate with people in general. Ask them about themselves, that helps get the conversation going.
You sound like a great guy! I hope you get back to us and let us know how you are getting on.
Cheers for now from Mrs. Dools.