There are certain situations that some men may find intimidating while women may not. There could be a number of factors deciding this, including societal norms/expectations, gender-specific situations, or expressing vulnerability.
One Redditor shared, “Dancing. I know many guys don’t care, but a lot do too. It’s ok to look like a fool!”
A second Redditor said, “Helping random lost children. Being alone with a random child. I am a woman, and I realize that I have way less risk of being misinterpreted when I am dealing with random kids.”
A user added, “Physical touch as a form of affection when it’s not someone we’re physically and/or romantically into.”
This Redditor shared, “I’m a man who has worked in female-dominated fields my whole life: education and now nursing. Women are not intimidated by their own emotions, which really helped me grow as an adult.”
This commenter said, “Making Dr. appointments. It seems like every guy I know (me included) hasn’t had a checkup in years or maybe their whole adult life.”
A top-liked comment said, “Speaking about mental health issues. I feel like there is a huge discrepancy regarding the admittance of being sad, anxious, or just feeling low between men and women.”
Public Changing Stations
“Parent/Family restrooms. A female can walk in and not be called a pedo, not have security called on them, nor be attacked simply for being in there changing their child.”
One Redditor shared, “Pedicures.”
To which a second Redditor responded, “Every couple of months, the boys and I grab a six-pack and head down to the local pedi spot. Let me tell you, you haven’t lived until you put clean socks on after a pedicure. Life changing.”
A Redditor shared, “Eating disorders. I’ve told every therapist I’ve been to about my body and eating issues, and none of them engage with me about that subject.”
A user shared, “Communication. Communication is so important. But some men feel like they’ll be looked down upon if they talk about something big that bothers them or something that their partner did that hurt them. Sometimes they can’t communicate with their own friends because of how society is. Women are seen as the emotional ones, but that’s not true. Men need to be heard too.”
One user said, “Asking for directions or help. It’s insane to be lost somewhere or not know where something is when help is a question away!”
The Cost To See
This Redditor said, “I worked for an optometrist once – contact lenses. It was always the guys who would freak out more when learning to put them on.”
One Redditor commented, “Holding a baby. Women of all ages seem to want to hold random babies. I don’t even want to hold babies in my own family. Scared of dropping/hurting them.”
A top-liked comment said, “The feminine hygiene aisle at the grocery store or even just purchasing the products.”
This Redditor mentioned, “Dreaming big. Most men I know who’ve reached age 30 or older all seem to have very pedestrian expectations of their lives going forward: work, the occasional vacation, and eventual retirement. Women of the same age and economic situation have a planned trip to the French Riviera, picked out their dress for the Met Gala, planned the $12,000 floral arrangement for their daughter’s wedding, and have at least a rough draft for their Nobel prize acceptance speech.”
Beauty Is Pain
One user said, “Eyelash curler. men are horrified by something I have owned and used on and off since I was a tween.”
A user commented, “My dad taught me everything I know. I can fix most things in my house. And before “cars” changed, I could fix my own car. My “mechanic boyfriend” would challenge me and want to “bet” I was wrong. I wasn’t wrong. Not the reason for us splitting, but damn the arguing “because I’m a woman and don’t know what I’m talking about” nonsense.”
A Redditor stated, “Dirty diapers, dog poop or puke, or pretty much any leakage of any bodily function, including their own.”
This Redditor commented, “Washing laundry… If it’s just my clothes, easy peasy. But my GF has all these random delicate things that need to be laundered in a particular way, or else the entire house will explode or something..I literally can not do it to save my life, so I just let her handle the laundry… I’ll do everything else.”
Finally, a Redditor said, “Expressive clothing. Women’s clothes come in all shapes and form with different colors and patterns. Then there’s the men’s section.”
Woah, the men of Reddit sure are intimated by a lot of things! That’s ok, the items and issues above can definitely feel pretty intimidating if you are unsure of exactly what to do or say!
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