Outclass your rivals. Rise above petty competition. Don't get caught up in putting down your rivals. If you can't compete with class, choose not to compete at all. Maintain your integrity and dignity. The classy manner in which you play the game of love also gets noticed and appreciated by the more enlightened and mature fish (men).
Defend yourself against attackers. Learn to shield and defend yourself from unfriendly attacks. Realize that some people build themselves up by tearing others down. Don't let them do that to you. If you want others to respect you, be sure to respect yourself by standing firm against unfriendly, intentional, inappropriate, and excessive verbal attacks.
Make good alliances. One of the best ways to disarm your rivals is by associating yourself with good angling buddies. These friends can support and protect you from the unkind attacks of your rivals. Surround yourself with quality friends to help you protect your backside.