It Sucks To Be A Man: 66 Guys Explain Why

24. We get lonely and nobody cares.

“I’m so incredibly lonely. I don’t express this outwardly but I’ve been single for a long time and have no prospects whatsoever, and I feel so… Unnoticed. Irrelevant. Basically invisible.

Not saying I want a bunch of women fawning all over me, because I don’t. I just want to get one text message that says ‘I miss you’ so that I know I matter to at least one person in the world.”


25. We can’t be victimized by women according to the law.

“Oh, there’s several. In the eyes of the law, the following are issues facing men:
-Can’t be victims of rape.
-Can’t be victims of domestic abuse.
-Are not taken seriously in any issue with a female aggressor.”


26. We get body-shamed, and it’s not considered sexist.

“‘Men can’t get raped.’ ‘There is no such thing as sexism against men.’ ‘I’m so tired of people body shaming women!’ 3 seconds later ‘lol I bet this guy has a small dick!’”


27. We’re compelled to register for the draft.

“The draft. There’s a fun ‘equal rights’ conversation.”


28. We’re mocked for being stay-at-home dads.

“Stay-at-home moms are thought of as sacrificing for their children. Stay-at-home dads are bums leeching off their wife’s hard work.”


29. We’re expected to take it when a woman hits us.

“That it’s OK for a woman to hit a man but not the other way around

Don’t get me wrong—I don’t advocate hitting anyone; but if a woman does instigate physical abuse it tends to go one of two ways:

1) the man takes it and people laugh it off 2) the man hits back and the woman is knocked down and then potentially plays the victim

Genuinely infuriates me; if you can’t take it then don’t dish it out. Treat people how you wish to be treated.”


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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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