Yes, I am a man and I have tried to ask for directions in the past days. I gave up after finding out, that most people (men or women) who actually inhabit the area cannot precisely give directions that could be useful for a stranger, especially a driver. They know where they are of course, but most of them cannot translate their gut knowledge into useful geometry. That is especially correct in big cities with complex layout. So now I only ask in countryside environment, where it is quite simple to verbalize the instructions.