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What Social Expectations of Men Do Guys Wish Didn’t Exist?

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Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and of course we are so proud of all the amazing women that we have all around us, #blessed.

Today we wanted to take a moment to recognize and appreciate some of the wonderful men that also play key roles in our lives.


From helping you stand up to bullies, to getting your car out of sticky situations, the men that surround us often play a key role in our day to day. While we appreciate all that they do, sometimes it can be easy to defer to gender stereotypes for men, along with women.

When seeking some perspective, one doesn’t need to look much further than Reddit to receive some feedback.

r/AskReddit had a great conversation surrounding what social expectations of men, guys wish didn’t exist. Answers ranged from what type of job is considered appropriate for a man, to their inability to grow a “proper” beard.

“[K]nocking on a guy for growing a sparse beard is as shameful as knocking on a girl for only having A cups.”

As surprising as this may be ladies, not all guys want to make the first move, or kill that spider for you. They don’t all like sports, and guys are allowed to have feelings too.

“Stop making me kill spiders/bugs. Leave it alone, or kill it your damn self.”

“Not being able to cry. It’s literally one of my emotions, and I can’t use it.”

As silly as it seems listed out, we can probably all think of a time when we’ve made an offhand comment without thinking. In a time where collectively we are all taking steps forward to diminish gender bias and discrimination, it’s more important than ever to be aware of our words and actions.

To all of the fathers, brothers, uncles and friends, we want you to know that you are appreciated, and you don’t have to know the difference between a torque wrench and a double-fork spanner for us to continue loving you!

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