Despite all the progress we have made as a society in the past few decades, there’s still a lot of stigma surrounding being gay and the way people perceive it in relation to traditional masculinity. However, some fears about “seeming gay” are absolutely ridiculous.
These straight men on Reddit shared the most bizarre things they were told to avoid in order to avoid “looking gay” and we are so shocked.
Apparently, Straight Men Are Waterproof
“Using an umbrella. To this day I remain stunned by how insecure some people are. I’m no remarkable example of confidence and self-assurance, but I just don’t get being so image concerned you feel you have to prove you’re tougher than rain.”
There Is No Winning Here
“I’ve been called gay for shaving my body, but the thing is I am from a Mediterranean background, so if I don’t shave, people laugh at how much hair I have on my back, my belly, my legs…”
Fellas, Is Loving A Woman Gay?
“Spending time with a girl (especially choosing plans with a girlfriend) since it’s better to have bro time—nothing straighter than men, hanging about with men, talking about man stuff and doing man stuff, with men.”
Apparently, Looking Bad Is A Straight Thing
“I grew up being told by friends that using hair products was gay. Like, shampoo is okay, maybe conditioner, but even that was a little suspicious. It stuck with me more than I realized. I was in my late 20s before my wife convinced me to use some hair gel.”
It’s Such A Normal Thing To Do??
“I was told by my very own father that squatting is gay. Just guess my confusion the first time I saw dudes squatting to pose for photos in a magazine.”
Is This Why Men Always Throw Out Their Straws At Clubs?
“Drinking with a straw.”
Drinking with a straw is one of the neatest and easiest ways to consume something, and I truly pity any man who avoids it for fear of having something longer than it is wide in his mouth…
This Is So Sad
“I knew a kid in middle school who stopped hugging his dad and grandpas because hugging another man was gay.”
It genuinely makes me so sad that young boys grow up touch starved because they’re taught that hugging another man is gay. Hugs are such a normal way to express love and care.
Must Be Super Inconvenient
“I wasn’t allowed to face away from the showerhead to rinse my hair as a child because that ‘was what girls do.'”
Facing away is the only logical way to properly wash out your hair, though.
Fellas, Is It Gay To Not Look Like Garbage?
“I was told that it is gay to match the colors of my clothes in an outfit or to simply carry a bag that’s small enough to be considered a purse.”
Even A Super Fruity Drink Isn’t “Gay”
“An American bartender working at an Irish pub I visited in Germany told me it was gay to not order a beer. I had asked what whiskeys they had available.”
What Is The Logic?
“When I was younger, my friends found out I went down on my girlfriend and they said that it was gay.”
Can someone explain how engaging in sexual activity with a woman as a man is gay?
Sounds Like It Would’ve Been Delicious
“My one friend didn’t want to try out the snickerdoodle hot chocolate a few years ago because it was gay. Now it’s discontinued and he never got to try it. But at least he’s not gay now.”
He Must Have Lived In Skid Mark City
“I knew a guy in college who had never washed his butt in the shower because ‘that’s gay.’ He just figured the water running down his body was enough to clean him.”
How Else Are Men Supposed To Eat?
“I’ve been told by several (mostly Boomer) men that loving to cook is ‘gay.’ How else am I gonna make dinner? I gotta eat, and if I’m gonna eat, I want to take the time to make something delicious.”
Add A Little Color To Your Life
“Wearing socks in colors other than black and white or socks with any design or pattern.”
One thing I am happy about is seeing how many fun, patterned, and colorful dress socks are available at stores.
Very Conceited On Her Part
“I’ve been accused by a female coworker of being gay because I didn’t flirt with her.”
To be honest, this seems more like her being a touch conceited while projecting her weird insecurities onto him.
You’re Straight, Not Blind
“Recognize/complement another man’s looks, as if men don’t recognize when other men look better than them. We are built to recognize competition and stack ourselves against it to see how we fair with women.”
That’s Oddly Specific And Ridiculous
“Not a personal anecdote, but one of my favorites from the thankfully now-defunct gay conversion camps: when examining your fingernails, look at them as a fist with your palm towards your face, not with your fingers spread out and your palm facing away.”
It’s Just A Color, Dude
“The guy I work for angrily asked why I filled a cell in a spreadsheet with purple, and can I change it because he won’t use it like that. I asked if the data was wrong. Nope, he thought it was a ‘gay color.'”
Uno Reverse Card Him!
“My uncle would walk in on me and my cousin wrestling or fighting when we were about 10-years-old, he’d say to stop fighting because it’s gay (I’m guessing he thought that would make us stop), but one time, my cousin deadpan said, ‘So you came to watch?'”