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Dudes Are Sharing “Feminine” Things Every Man Should At Least Try (20 Posts)

Because we live in a world preoccupied with designating activities as “manly” or “unmanly,” a lot of guys end up missing out on awesome things like manicures and cocktails because they’re scared of seeming effeminate. Over on Reddit, though, guys are sharing the things they do that might be perceived as “unmanly” — and they do not give a f*** if you judge them for it. These guys are benefiting from good skincare, professional therapy, meaningful relationships with friends, and all sorts of other things you would think are ideal for everyone to experience. So, when can we all just enjoy our life without being worried about gender stereotyping? 


“Yo since quarantine I’ve been: doing face masks, using a tinted sunscreen, using a cerave face wash, using actual shampoo and conditioner (not the combo garbage) and a leave in. I’ve literally never felt better about my appearance. I’m sure I look the same, but just doing something makes me feel like I’m in control and am helping.” — alelabarca


“Skincare. I don’t understand why is so gendered. Why ads focus on ‘you can put this black/navy skincare product and still be manly.’ It’s skin, is an important human organ, and actually not that different in needs from man/woman. Everyone NEEDS to wash your face properly and to protect it from dehydration and sun damage.” — Mabescs


“Try sewing. I’m the seamstress (seammaster?) for my family. Fixing clothing and making curtains etc can be just as useful as fixing a car, and comes in handy more frequently! EDIT: as some have pointed out, you shouldn’t make your own curtains (for fire safety reasons). I only made a one long set into two smaller sets. My main sewing tasks are Halloween-related and mending favorite pajama pants.” — atomicbob1


“Mani and pedicures. The women in there are (usually) really nice and it feels amazing. As someone who bites their nails constantly, they also make me not want to bite them because my nails look so good lol.” — PrimeAres


“Keeping a diary. You’ll become more reflective and more productive as a result.” —DroppethTheBass


“Quality hugs for your bros. Don’t do the ol’ shoulders touch and pat on the back. Grab your friend and give them a hug!” — buck9000


“I’m all in on the bidet. Bought it for my parents as kind of a prank gift and my dad wouldn’t let my mom keep it. ‘I don’t want water shooting up my ass!’ I kept it and wouldn’t go back. Way cleaner, surprisingly refreshing, and I was the one laughing when nobody could find toilet paper in the stores. A roll lasts me forever now.” — bmil87


“Thinking, talking about, and understanding your emotions.” — ChurchOfEarth


“Cooking, fucking hell don’t rely on others for something you need everyday. Deliveries and take aways are expensive, and it’s really really satisfying when you whip up something and it’s delicious. Eating noodles and microwave meals all the time isn’t really that much better too. You can make a pretty good pasta for like $1-3 or so per portion.” — DaAdobo


“Cocktails – they’re delicious, and I’ve found some of the tastiest come in the daintiest glasses and have the effeminate/flirty names: Pink Passion, sweet seacrest blue, Sex on the Beach, etc. That aren’t the ‘manliest’ to say/order.” — i_fuckin_luv_it_mate

Patricia Grisafi

Patricia Grisafi, PhD, is a freelance writer and educator. Her work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Bitch, Bustle, Broadly, The Establishment, and elsewhere. She is passionate about pit bull rescue, cursed objects, and designer sunglasses.