Like all individuals, men should not be unfairly judged for engaging in activities or behaviors that express their personal choices, preferences, or identities. Like any gender, it is essential to foster a society that values diversity, respects individual agency, and promotes equality. A user asked on the forum, “What shouldn’t men be judged for doing?”
Here are some responses he got!
TAKING CARE OF KIDS IN RELATIONSHIP
“Being the one who takes care of kids in a relationship or making less money than their partner.”
“I work hard and save money so I can then play. That might be video games, a sport, or building random anything in a workshop, but whatever it is, let a bro have his hobbies/playtime. See a 30-year-old playing Pokémon? Good, leave him alone and let him have his fun.”
TAKING KIDS TO THE PARK OR WALMART
“Taking kids to the park/Walmart/etc. Too many horror stories of Karen taking issue with this as if it’s wrong for men to be fathers.”
JUST BEING DAD IN GENERAL
“Just being a dad in general. There was that phase in the media where the father was played off as some idiot that couldn’t even without the wife’s help. Our culture seemed to buy this idea wholesale, and we’re still reeling from the effects.”
WANTING TO BE ALONE
“It’s not that we don’t want to spend time with our partners, but for the sake of alone time is valuable. Sometimes your man just wants a little time to himself, and there’s nothing wrong with that or anything to read into about it.”
LIKING GIRLY COCKTAILS
“Liking “girly” cocktails. Let me have a margarita like a goddamn. Generally, anything deemed “girly.”
“What’s funny is I thought you were going to say like a strawberry daiquiri, which should be fine too, but then you say like a much less feminine drink which just brings the point home that men can be judged for drinking even such generic common drinks as a margarita.”
“Opening up their emotions. Being a man can be so lonely. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid.”
“I’ve said this on Reddit, but because I’m a man, women say, “Women go through the same thing; you just need better friends. It’s like you are proving my point right now.”
BEING NICE OR POLITE TO WOMEN
“Just because we’re nice, polite, and respectful around women doesn’t mean we want to do something with them.”
NOT BEING INTERESTED IN SPORTS
“I don’t watch any sports.” Then the person proceeds to ask a million questions about teams and players just to make sure.”
“Being a parent. When a dad is alone with his kids, other people ask if he’s on babysitting duty. It’s not called babysitting. It’s called being a parent.”
KEEPING 3D GLASSES
“Keeping those 3-D glasses after the movie. They wanna charge that much for popcorn and think I’m just going to return that in this economy?”
HAVING EMPTY APPARTMENTS
“As much as it’s nice to have decorations in a house, as long as my house is clean and I am comfortable in it, I have the essentials. My girlfriend is the only reason our house is decorated.”
HAVING AN OLD CAR
“Having an 8, 9, or 10-year-old car. I make six figures, have over $1M in savings, and own my 4BR/2BA house outright. Yet I drive a 2014 Subaru.”
HAVING FEMALE FREINDS
“My best friend is a woman. She’s saved my life, and every way I’ve materially better myself was in part because she was behind me, pushing me to be a better human. She’s one of the most important people in my life, and I couldn’t be with someone who was ever jealous of her place in it.”
“Crying. Bro, I told a person that I’m really sad. This person got mad at me for being sad.”
NOT HAVING WIFE OR GIRLFRIENDS
“Not having a girlfriend/wife. A man’s value shouldn’t be determined by his ability to pull ladies.”
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