19 Things Men Admit They Hate About Being a Man

Being a man comes with its own set of unique challenges. An online survey recently asked, “Men, what’s the one thing you hate about being a man?” Keep reading for the most popular 19 responses.

Being completely invisible

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Nobody asks you how you are doing if you need help or knowledge that you exist at all. If you have problems, you just have to deal with it yourself and get over it. On the plus side, you get good at problem-solving, but it can be mentally tiring and demotivating at times.”

“The invisibility thing is so accurate. I’ve been in an interracial relationship for the last year, and I have never in my life felt more eyes on me than when we are out together. I knew to some degree that I was invisible, but I never realized just how little attention people paid to my presence in public until I started catching every other person staring at us, at me.

The lack of compliments

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 “I had a cashier at Mcdonald’s say she liked my shirt. My answer was quite literally, “Buh…? Oh… thank you..?” after 2-3 seconds of processing what she’d said… I spent the entire time I was eating trying to figure out what her angle was cause she was way too young to be into me… It wasn’t until far too much later that I realized she was just saying something nice to me. It was years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.”

“You are spot on about the positive attention. My mom sometimes tells me I look good, but that’s it.”

Losing your hair 

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I miss the sense of my hair being blown in the wind, and I miss the slight protection against bumps and scrapes (cabinets are the bane of my existence).”

“When I had a girlfriend, one of the nice things she would do would be to drape her hair over my head so I could reimagine having hair.”

People downplaying men’s mental health issues

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Many people in my life assume that I can just turn off my anxiety and depression at will to ‘power through’ because… manly man reasons.”

“And if you fail to do just that, then you risk being seen as weak, and you’re treated even more poorly.”

Being excluded as a single dad

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As a single dad, my son is generally excluded from things like park meetups or birthday parties because, apparently, I don’t fit in with the other parents. I’ve probably been told it a thousand times in a thousand variations. What they actually mean is I’m a man, and mums don’t want me around because it’s generally just mums.”

” I always feel so uncomfortable being the only man at most kids meetups. They don’t explicitly tell me I’m not meant to be there, but they make it known in other ways.”

The lack of emotional support

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Lack of emotional support. People always think you have some hidden agenda.”

“And when you voice frustration and upset, people take it as anger.”

Being expected to initiate the romance

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Yeah, it really sucks, especially if you’re like me and have social anxiety.”

“That plus ADHD/ASD over here. I’m supposed to have alluring eye contact and suave gestures, and a captivating idiolect. Yeah, right. I flub my lines ordering at the taco bell drive-through, let alone charming a lady.”

When people think you’re a predator 

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Unintentionally scaring women and kids… I was sitting in my car waiting for my wife. The owner of the car next to me came out to get into her car, saw me, and hurriedly jumped in her car and locked the doors. I was wondering why she was acting so scared…”

I invited all of the kids in my daughter’s preschool class to her party, and one mum asked if Rachel’s dad would be there. I asked her if she had a restraining order against Rachel’s dad or something, and she said something to the effect of because he’s a single dad, he’s gonna try grooming my daughter too.’”

The unrealistic expectations

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Yeah, so women should go for men who are as swift as a coursing river, have the strength of a raging fire, and are mysterious as the dark side of the moon…”

“Right on! My wife wants me to ALWAYS be as mysterious as the dark side of the moon. Babe, I can give you that like 75% of the time, but always? Always!?”

Not feeling desired

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If I don’t make a move, no moves will be made…”

“And if I have to ask for attention, to be desired, then whatever I receive doesn’t feel genuine to me. It’s a lose/lose.”

Never receiving flowers

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Most men will receive their first bunch of flowers at their funeral.”

“The first time I heard that, I went out and bought my boyfriend flowers, and when I gave them to him, he had the goofiest little grin on his face that I had never seen before, and it was so cute .”

The limited fashion choices

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I’ve had absolutely no luck finding anything I like, and all my current clothes are very plain.”

“What I hate is the lack of variety.”

The pressure to provide

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“If you’re with someone who expects you to provide for them, you’re with the wrong person.”

I put this pressure on myself more than anything else. I know it’s bad, and I should be easier on myself, but I can’t break out of it mentally. Sometimes, especially when things aren’t going well financially, it crushes me. No amount of my partner saying it’s ok makes it go away.”

Having to kill the spider

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I’m scared too…”

“I’m deeply scared of spiders, but so is my wife. As long as she finds it first and gets scared, then somehow I come over all brave and can dispose of it easily.”

The expectation to be strong

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Always having to be the stronger one, both mentally and physically.”

“Constant pressure to be strong and to take care of everything.”

The ‘men don’t cry’ ideology 

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I got dumped for crying when my mother got diagnosed with cancer.”

“Bruh… my wife’s cousin broke up with a dude once. He was ex-Military and did a few tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. We asked her why she broke up with him, and she said, ‘He would cry too much. It was weird.’ I asked how often. “By the third time, I had enough.” They were together for like a year.”

Inconvenient sweaty spots

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Especially if it’s hot and you just want to sleep. But nope, your body parts just turned into the equivalent of duct tape.”

“I literally bought a car because it had air-conditioned seats for this very reason.”

Fear of conscription

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Men are conscripted because, on average, men are much stronger than women, and physical ability and discipline are important in the military.”
“Men are also simply expandable when it comes to preserving the population. A community that lost 80% of its men can recover easily within a few decades, the same isn’t true for one that lost 80% of all women.”

Being expected to know about ‘manly’ things

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It’s also an advantage- men are assumed to know what to do when your car breaks down when many of us actually have no clue etc., while women are just seen as incapable… I always feel honored when someone assumes that.”

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