"You shouldn't say something like that to a woman!" a girl recently told me, half-tickled, half-irate. "It shows you have low EQ!"
"Well, least I'm honest," I said. "Just think how bad it'd be if I was low EQ and I wasn't honest!"
I use this kind of reframe a lot. There's a name for it: it's called 'paradiastole'.
(my EQ's pretty good, by the way)
Paradiastole is a way to reframe a criticism into something positive, in a playful and humorous way. It deflects the other person's judgment, often with a bit of moderate self-deprecation.
If you don't do this, or you don't do it enough, it's a handy little tactic you can add to your arsenal.