In a recent online discussion forum, someone asked what are things that men aren’t aware that they can do, and the answers range from the hilarious to the more serious.
Here are ten things that men, or at least some men, don’t know that they can do.
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Get Breast Cancer
This was one of the more serious responses. Anyone can get breast cancer, and it is every bit as deadly as it can be for women. If you feel a lump or have discharge, get it checked out ASAP!
One commenter said, “Get breast cancer. Everyone has some amount of breast tissue naturally and lower chances still aren’t zero by any means.”
Ask an Employee Where Something Is In the Grocery Store
It’s true, fellas! You don’t have to wander the aisles of the grocery store, searching each one for what you need. Just ask an employee!
One person said, “If I don’t know where it is I don’t need it.” Someone else replied, “If they wanted me to find it they’d put it on an end cap.”
A former retail worker said, “Meanwhile after working retail I never buy anything from an end cap. There’s a cheaper alternative in the aisle somewhere.”
Ask For Directions
Yes, gentlemen, you can stop and ask for directions to your destination. The Earth will not stop turning, we promise. To which one man said, “No! Don’t even say it. Don’t give them the dignity of even suggesting it. We’ll navigate by stellar orientation and the lay of the land, as we always have, since the before-fore times.”
Another replied, “You can force me to ask for directions, but you can’t make me follow them!”
Make More Than One Trip to Bring In Groceries
You don’t have to bring all of the groceries inside of your home in a single trip. You can carry a comfortable amount and make a second, or maybe even a third trip for the rest of them. To which one man said, “Only one I don’t agree with, it has gone too far now, one trip!”
Raise a Child Alone
While it’s not as common for fathers to raise their children alone, they can do it and do an amazing job. One father said, “I lost everything when she left. I just showed up for my boy no matter what. We bonded beyond anything I thought was possible. The system believes they belong with the mom. This doesn’t mean you can’t do it.”
Another person commented, “Amen to that. Anyone who says single dads can’t destroy it and shine like the Platinum King can go somewhere else with their disillusionment.”
Read the Directions For Putting Together Furniture
Reading the instructions before you begin assembly can save you time and frustration. However, one man said, “This is false. The first try is always a dry run. Then instructions come in when it’s almost beyond repair.”
Another scoffed, “Instructions? I believe those are actually called ‘manufacturer’s suggestions’.”
Yet another said, “The instructions are only the evidence to prove something was missing or wrong with the parts which caused it to be impossible to assemble.”
While not the most exciting task, it is a necessary one in most households. One man said, “Most of us are shocked to discover that we’re actually physically capable of doing it.”
To which another replied, “Heck if I don’t do it, me and my wife would be wearing dirty clothes all the time.”
Seek Mental Health and Emotional Support
Many men were taught to bottle up their emotions and ‘tough it out’ like a man or suppress their feelings until things get better. There is no shame in seeking mental health and emotional support services if you need them.
One man said, “One thing that many men may not know they can do is to seek out emotional support and counseling when dealing with mental health issues or life stressors. Many men feel like they need to ‘tough it out’ and not show vulnerability, leading to untreated mental health issues and a lack of support. However, seeking out help can lead to improved mental health and overall well-being.”
Enjoy a Pedicure
Spa treatments are not just for the ladies. Men can indulge themselves and relax as well. One man said, “I had a ‘bourbon sugar foot scrub’ while on vacation and while it took an orbital sander with 80-grit sandpaper to get all that dead skin off, after it was done my feet were so soft and supple it was amazing.”
Another replied, “I still don’t understand why this is still considered ‘not manly.’ It’s 2023, take care of yourself. I’m a straight male and I get a pedicure every two or three months. I get a manicure and every other time I get a pedi. Every now and then I’ll throw in a facial too.”
Say No to Your Spouse
You may be a guy, but your consent matters as well. Way too many men in this online discussion had experience with women forcing themselves on them after being told “No.”
One man said, “This is something that a lot of guys forget that they have the option of. Or if they do pick that option and say no, there are some women that will literally rape them and blame the men for it. If they speak up about it, they aren’t taken seriously because people forget about the fact that women are capable of sexual assault.”
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