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Gender-specific activities like knitting or playing certain sports have become outdated perceptions in society today.

Anyone ridiculing a person for an endeavor that was previously deemed exclusive to one gender will only face backlash.

People tend to forget that many professional football players have in fact participated in ballet as part of their training.

While the practice has been stigmatized, the ballet and football combo actually makes sense. It helps players with their flexibility – which is equally as important as strength while out on the field – and also prevents many injuries.

Ballet training also helps with speed, endurance and focus.

So if you mocked a football player for going to a ballet studio and were consequently tackled for it, well, you probably deserved it.

There is no shame in going against societal conventions to do the things we enjoy.

Redditor -AboveAverageJoe asked the men of Reddit:

"Guys, what feminine things do you do that you're not ashamed of?"

Based on the many responses to the thread, the pride was real.

His Gorgeous Mane

"I grew out my hair for the first time ever. At 35 years old, my grandma told me my hair was so beautiful that I should have been born a woman."

"Thanks, grandma...."


Products Made For Her

"I accidentally bought women's shower gel once and now use nothing else. It just smells better."


"I ran out of deodorant once and had to use my wife's Secret brand deodorant."

"I kid you not, it's the best deodorant I've ever used."


Calgon, Take Him Away

"take long hot baths, complete with candles and bubbles."



"Had a college level psychology teacher tell me that cooking was a feminine thing to do."

"I like to eat good so I cook.¯_(ツ)_/¯"

"Edit:Just wanted to clarify that my psychology teacher was a woman."



"'Girly drinks' are usually super sweet and full of booze, I'd much rather drink those than 20 s**tty light beers that I need to have been drinking for a decade to not think are absolutely disgusting."


Leave My Daiquiri Alone

"It only takes one good daiquiri to make you completely drop the whole gendered drink thing. Life's too short to give a single fuck what people think about my alcoholic slushie."


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You Can Leave The Seat Down

"Sit down to pee."

"Hear me out: you can play on your phone and relax for a few minutes."


"Keeps floor more clean."

"Listen, doesn't matter how accurate you are, there are still little droplets that come out from it hitting the water."


Smooth Pits

"Shave my armpits. Forgotten why I started, but just keep doing it."


Sew What?

"Sew like a champion."


I think everyone should a least know cooking and sewing basics. Both are also fun."


My Friends Are Plush

"So I've got a horde of stuffed animals on my bed, and Idgaf what anyone has to say 'bout it! They have been instrumental growing up and even now in helping me cope with anxiety and depression. They're my kiddos and my best buds."


Preventing A Bad Habit

"I paint my nails so I won't bite them. I like having colorful nails tho."


Saving Face

"Facial masks with my wife. I just started getting into it and I LOVE it!"


Whatever Moves You

"I listen to a lot of 'teenage girl' music. For a long time I was very self conscious about the music that I listened to and wanted my taste to be 'masculine' and as a result I listened to a lot of music I didn't like and stopped myself from enjoying music I genuinely loved. Then one day I woke up and realized that wasn't who I was. And now I'll proudly blare my Taylor Swift or Carly Rae or whatever new girl pop disco trash whenever I want."


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Hey, If It's Comfy

"I cross my legs like a girl occasionally, I guess. Not ankle on top of knee, but knee on top of knee. It's comfy."


Releasing The Floodgates

"I'm not sure if that's feminine, but I cry at movies. A lot."

"I'm 23 years old and most recently watched 'Captain Phillips.' I cried out of relief for the character."

"While my country was locked down because of Corona, I stayed with my parents, where my 15 yo sister made me watch 'Coco' because I used to have Disney+ for 'Mandalorian.'

"The result of "Coco" was that I cried three times. My sister also cried. From laughing at me."

"The whole movie was so beautiful and my feelings were all over the place."

"Then, right after the movie we watched the short movie 'Lava.' My sister said she wanted to 'Cheer me up.'"

"As soon as the singer hit the first note in the main lines, the gates were open again and I was weeping like a baby. I just couldn't help it."

"That also was when I decided to cancel my Disney+ subscription because I'd probably dehydrate from crying at some point. And I didn't want to give my sister the opportunity to fool me again."


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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!

What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."


"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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