Let's say that you're at a party with a few friends of yours, and a nice girl catches your eye. You start talking to her, you ask her to play some games of Beer Pong with you, being very complementary. Soon you find yourself lying next to her on a bed having a "heart to heart discussion." Just about when the perfect moment arises for you to make your move…the door opens and your buddy walks in and says "What's going on in here guys?" You and the girl get up and that's it…Game Over.

There's definitely nothing worse than the Cock Block: A person who, or action that, stops you from hooking up with a member of the fairer sex. Why do people do it? I've been around many Cock Blocks in my day and I've managed to identify several different types.

1. The Idiot Roommate – You really can't blame this guy for his Cock Blocking actions…the first time. He's the guy who wants to "hang out" with you and your lady friend, not realizing that he's interupting you at work. There are several ways of combating such a person:

a. Lock your door

b. Wait until they're gone, preferably for the night or weekend

c. Establish your mission objective for the night BEFORE the night's festivities, so there won't be any interruptions.

The good news about this guy is that he's only going to do this once or twice to you, but probably not with the same girl, so you can overcome it. He is dangerous, however, when it comes to random hookups at parties and one-night-stands.

2. The Social Leech (AKA "The Kramer"): This guy is an advanced version of the guy mentioned above, and usually takes advantage of the kindness of others. When you make any friend or lady-friend, he will do his best to "get to know" the person, but will only end up complicating the whole situation and taking attention from you during hook-up attempts. This person can be recognized because he will always come over unannounced and always borrow your stuff, probably destroying it. The thing with this guy is that he sometimes tries to impress the new people so much that if anything goes wrong with the girl, he will take HER side on it and she will use him as a weapon against you (he completely ignores the age-old idea of "Bros before Hoes"). He often comes without warning too, barging into social gatherings that he wasn't invited to. The ways of avoiding this person becoming a Cock Block are usually the same as the ones above, but since the behavior is part of this person's personality and not a one time occurance, more drastic measures should sometime be taken, such as total avoidance during social events or moving out and changing your name.

3. The "Girlfriend": No…I'm not talking about a girl's girlfriends…any girlfriend Cock Block can be dealt with by getting the Cock Block to think you're a nice guy. I'm talking about a gay guy who is "girlfriends" with your intended tonsil-hockey partner. (Don't get me wrong, not all gay guys are Cock Blocks…most of them will even HELP you. I'm talking the flaming guys who have no idea that heterosexuality even EXISTS.) They usually strike when your ladyfriend enters the room. Once they get one line in about shoes, hair, diets, facial creme, pink shirts, Broadway Plays, or anything that stands for the opposite of manly things like football, red meat, and hitting stuff, it's over…you lose, good day sir. The only way to combat this is to never become associated with a person like this in the first place. However, if someone you know should decide to switch other teams on you…explain the situation to them and hope they have enough sense to not be a Cock Block (sometimes they don't, but those guys are usually jerks and should then be avoided) or wait till the Cock Block or potential Cock Block in question is gone for the night and/or weekend. In some cases it may be wise to consider another girl all together, because a girl with a "Girlfriend" in tow is probably one of the worst situations you can get yourself in. On a side-note, I've seen this happen with a friend of mine who was dating a gay guy's friend, and it's just a shame to watch.

4. The Ex-boyfriend: The guy she used to date that's jealous that you're now with her. This can be easily taken care of if you kick the guy's ass…unless he's bigger than you. In such an emergency I suggest using the girl to call him off (not exactly the manliest thing, I know, but you don't have to actually ask her to do it, and she'll probably say something herself anyway.) or move away and change your name.

5. The Flirty Guy: Simply, a guy you know who flirts with a girl you like. This can usually be handled by asking the guy to stop. If he doesn't stop or says something along the lines of "Hey, I'm just having some fun." Then flirt with his intended make-out buddy or girlfriend. Sure, it's childish and dirty, but "Hey, you're just having some fun."