The greatest trick the patriarchy ever pulled (well, one of the many, many shi**y ones its pulled) was convincing the world that specific activities could only be enjoyed by specific people. In stratifying and pigeonholing and forcefully breaking up and cramming the wonderful, infinitely complex, continuous spectrum that is humanity into discrete boxes of normative behaviour, the patriarchy made fools of us all. We are lucky enough to be living in times when many of these walls have been or are being torn down—though of course that newly found liberation remains, as ever, under constant threat from regressive forces—but there is still much work to be done. Progress is still an outlier; masculinity remains in many ways a bulls**t cult. Reddit pondered this the other day, when it asked the question: ‘Men, what ‘unmanly’ activity do you proudly participate in?’ It’s interesting not only for the obvious reasons—it’s nice to see people breaking out of stifling shells—but also for the entirely surprising entries that make you think, ‘Who the hell even classed this as ‘unmanly’ in the first place?!’ It’s like when I was reading some article on Jesus once, and one of the opening sentences was, ‘Contrary to popular belief, Jesus did not invent the table.’
Well thanks for clearing that up! Phew, so glad that particular myth I’d definitely carried around with me for years and used to prop up so much of my life has now been debunked.
Anyway, more than anything the Reddit answers just make you sad for how many times they are variations on ‘Showing/expressing emotions’. Damn, patriarchy, you trying to kill literally everyone or what?
You can check out the full AskReddit thread here, but below are some highlights:
Goddamn right, Animal Crossing.
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