It Sucks To Be A Man: 66 Guys Explain Why

6. We’re not allowed to fight back if a woman hits us.

“Not being allowed to fight back if a woman hits you. Also, if she hit you, you probably deserved it.”


7. We are success objects.

“Being stereotyped as you’re the man you need to be the breadwinner and take care of the family financially but my gf doesn’t agree with the woman staying home with the kids and cooking and cleaning the house. But she doesn’t work or clean and I pay all the bills… But for the record I love her and I get to be the house wife too so at least everything gets done right.”


8. We’re invisible to everybody.

“I wish I wasn’t so invisible to everybody. I’m so lonely. I haven’t physically touched another human in so long. I miss touch. I miss comfort.”


9. We’re always viewed as the guilty one.

“Always viewed as the guilty one.”


10. We’re always the wrong person in every situation involving women or kids, no matter what.

“You’re always wrong. Always. You are the instigator of every conflict, but you’re also expected to rush into every conflict. A guy watching the kids is a creep. A guy walking at night is a threat. You’re always the wrong person in every situation involving women or kids, no matter what.”


11. We rarely get hugs.

“How rarely we get hugs. From my experience men are supposed to be hardasses with no sentimental feelings. But goddamnit a single hug from either gender can make our entire day.
Also while I’m at it, literally any touch from a female is a major thing for a lot of men, I’m talking hand on shoulder, hug, arm grab, I can’t put into words how that feels, and no, it’s not in a pervy way.”


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Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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