Misguided Pursuits: 18 Foolish Things Men Often Chase in The Quest for Masculinity

Masculinity is a complex concept that has evolved over time and across cultures. While there are some universal traits associated with masculinity, such as strength, courage, and independence, there is no one definition of what it means to be a man. Unfortunately, some men associate their masculinity with things that are harmful, unethical, or simply silly. Here are 18 things that men can mistake for masculinity:

Refusing to Wear Sunscreen

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“Not protecting yourself from easily mitigated hazards. Silicosis risk? Dust mask. Driving? Seatbelt. Skin cancer? Sunscreen. Imagine thinking you’re tougher than the sun.”

“Not wearing sunscreen. I can’t count the number of times people seem shocked I’m wearing it.”

No Hearing Aids

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My grandpa was nervous about his hearing aids being “too feminine.”

Going for “Drinks”

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“I said I’m gonna get some drinks and got called gay because saying drinks instead of a drink wasn’t masculine enough”

“What…? Has it been decided that plural nouns are gay all of a sudden…?”

Over the Top Handshake

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“Trying to crush someone’s hand when handshaking. There is a difference between greeting and assault.”

Lack of Skincare Routine

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I’m an esthetician and seeing so many men laugh about how feminine it is to wash your face or wear sunscreen is frightening

Functioning on Zero Sleep

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“Getting proper sleep. I often have issues going to sleep, and some days I just stare at the ceiling for 5 hours rather than sleep. I tell people if I seem a bit off I didn’t get any sleep. A lot of the times I have a guy call me feminine because he purposely stayed up late to play video games or hit the town.”

Not Asking for Directions

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“Smartphones were invented to solve this.”

Being an Incompetent Father

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“You have four kids, and you’ve never changed a diaper? That’s not a brag dude.”

Refusing to Use an Umbrella

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“My dad will claim he doesn’t need an umbrella because “real men” don’t need them. Ok dad”

Personal Hygiene

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“I’ve encountered guys who bragged about never washing their hands.”

Only Wearing Certain Color Clothing

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“I got myself a mint-colored hoodie and my mother asked me if it was really male clothing. Sorry for not picking black, grey, dark blue, or brown lol”

Treating Other People Poorly

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“The way they treat other people. Nobody thinks you’re a man if you treat your cashier or waitress like garbage, or drive like an idiot. They just think you’re a jerk”

Refusing to Cry

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“I’m 40ish, live in the US. That was just…ingrained in our culture. I’m wise enough to know crying isn’t a weakness now, but I only allow myself to cry in private. Nobody likes seeing a sobbing wreck in public, it’s uncomfortable.”

Fighting

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“Also a great way to throw your life away. Somebody falls the wrong way, and they die, have a fun 25 in prison.”

Sports Worship

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Sports. I’m a dude. I like most dude things. I couldn’t care less about sports and in the past I’ve been treated as less manly cause I don’t care about sports at all. It’s super weird to me.

Showing a Lack of Emotion

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“Yet they freely show anger as if it isn’t an emotion”

Disliking Cats

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“If a man dislikes cats but is polite about it, that’s one thing. Bit of a man outright Hates cats and likes to talk about it, then that is not a man you want to hang around with.”

Refusing to Do Household Chores

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“Dude, being too incompetent or lazy to use a basic bit of machinery doesn’t make you more of a man.”

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