Much like women, men are also burdened with certain stereotypes and societal expectations. And many men figured out from a very young age that the worst thing they could ever be called was "gay."

Some men never get over that, and quickly learn that to fall in line and conform will save them a lot of heartache.

After Redditor aka-mamas asked the online community "Men of Reddit, what do you wish was more socially acceptable for men without being labeled a pussy or called gay?" many men decided to express their frustrations.


"Sometimes..."

Hugs. Sometimes I just want to feel the warm embrace of a friend, ya know? I ain't gay.

yarrbeapirate2469

"I'm a pretty masculine man..."

Listening to "girly" music.

I'm a pretty masculine man, but the cd in my car with Michelle Branch, Ani DiFranco, and the Indigo Girls beg to differ.

Washjockey

"Having no interest..."

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Having no interest in or following any professional sports.

Survived-some-shit

"Not trying to hook up..."

Not trying to hook up with every girl you meet at a bar. My friends that I used to go out to bars with always used to give me crap when I wouldn't go along with what they wanted.

Crispy5605

"Taking a personal day..."

Talking about my feelings. Taking a personal day at work when I'm too stressed the hell out and need a day. Being able to hug a friend when I see them. Not the stupid bro hug I have to give, I'm talking a real deal "I love you" hug. I'm only allowed to be pissed off or a tough guy or I'm a pu**y, I'm not allowed to have feelings or "issues." It's old.

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"I love whiskey..."

Mixed drinks. I love whisky but I also love a nice Seagram or a black cherry mojito every now and then on a hot summer's evening.

PM_ME_YOUR_MOMS

"Apparently to some people..."

Rejecting someone when you're not mentally/emotionally ready for a relationship.

Apparently to some people being mentally/emotionally ready is a sign of weakness.

GXRavenwolf

"Asking for help..."

Asking for help, especially mental health. Mental health issues can occur with everyone, regardless of gender. Many men are discouraged to get helps from doctors or counsellors because of the branding.

I am now non-binary XY leaning towards female, but have some experience of being a boy and a man for 25 years in total.

OhSixTwo

"I mean you just sit there..."

Not watching sports on TV.

I mean I'll never understand why it is considered masculine to sit on a couch like a hippo with a pizza screaming at the TV and getting upset/happy about seeing your team lose/win.

I mean you just sit there and criticize the people who are playing. I feel really outcasted when people are shocked or judging me when they come to know about my disinterest in watching sports.

newredditwhoisthis

"The things you like..."

Liking to knit, sewing/tailoring because it's actually fascinating , bake, wearing unusual clothes, not playing sports, dying your hair, liking certain types of music, etc. The things you like/show interest have absolutely nothing to do with who you're attracted to.

Winnlifor

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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the hottest and dumbest of them all?"

I know that is not verbatim the original quote, but it is close to the original.

Brains and beauty are always intertwined.

So often people confess about wanting to be more of the other.

No one is ever happy where they are. Why are we like that?

If given a chance, like a Disney movie, how do you trade?

Is it superficial to want looks over knowledge? Or vice versa?

Let's get deep....

Redditor BroodyBatman wanted to know who was willing to give up a little bit of brains for a whole lot of beauty, so they asked:

"Would you give up 15-20 IQ points to be really, REALLY ridiculously good looking? Why?"
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The world is not so big a place, is it?

While we like to think of ourselves as isolated in this billion plus planet, there can be a lot more crossover than we think. We call these instances coincidences, hoping to find the right word to explain what happens when a one-in-a-million chance occurs.

If there's over seven billion plus people in the world, turns out you can run into these 'coincidences' more often than you think.

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Let me make a quick point about conspiracy theories: Do people understand just how difficult it is for many of the conspiracies they claim to believe in to come to fruition? We're talking global levels of cooperation here, by the way, and it's clear the world can't even get itself out of a pandemic sooo...

But thankfully, there are some more innocent comnspiracies out there. For example, a former classmate once told me that he was convinced he couldn't remember all the items on his shopping list because of shopping elves distracting him to buy other things he didn't exactly need.

To be fair, he was a little stoned at the time and I told him he might want to consider just writing and referring to a shopping list.

People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor ConcentrateNext1734 asked the online community,

"What’s a conspiracy that you believe, but the majority of people don’t believe or know about?"
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Children are very impressionable. They're also little humans, remember, and all quite different. Some are more afraid of some things than others. When I was a kid, some of my classmates were utterly terrified of Chucky, the killer doll.

I think he worked the best in the first film and to a larger extent in the second, but after that? Those movies got a bit ridiculous, wouldn't you agree?

Well, the memories linger, as you can imagine.

People took us on a trip down memory lane after Redditor teacatpeng asked the online community,

"What’s something you saw (as a kid) that gave you nightmares for a long time?"
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