Hey you. Yeah, I mean you. Mind if I rant to you a bit? I know it’s weird of me to ask this,but I need to rant to anyone at this point. I have a couple of things on my mind, and they’vebeen bugging me for a while.Anyway, I just wanted to ask: what does it mean to be a man? Wasn’t expecting thatwere you? Well, that’s it. It’s been bugging me for some time, and I need an opinion fromsomeone or someone to listen at least.But really, what does it mean? Does it mean that I can’t act the way I do? That I can’t bemore feminine than most guys, or that I can’t act like most girls or hang out with a lot of them?Just because I’m male, do I have to follow what you think I should be, and your rules?Does it mean that I have to play sports? That I can’t sit in my home and play games orwork with electronics, or just watch TV? Do I have to like sports to be a man? My mom seems tothink so, but what's wrong with me not liking them? Call me wrong for trying to stereotype allmen, but sports seems to be something most of them like, so do I have to be like everyone elseand hop on the bandwagon.Does it mean I have to be masculine? That I have to be tough and walk around withmuscles. Knowing that your masculinity is oh so fragile. That I have to be bold and stop actingthe way I do? And hey maybe I don’t, maybe that's not what you're implying. Maybe you'resimply implying I just stop acting a little less “feminine.”Does it mean that I have to like girls? Every “man” seems to feel some type of way aboutme not liking them. What’s wrong with it? Is it too “feminine” for you, or just downrightunacceptable? Can’t I just have them as friends, and not be into them? Does your homophobiahave to matter to me, or have to play a part in who I am?Does it mean I just can’t be happy? Everything I embody seems to embody the oppositeof what a “man,” or what society thinks a man should be. It’s hard to ignore it when everyonebreathes down your back about it, hell even my parents do. It’s just, why do I have to be a manor be a certain way to be one? I just want to be happy, and surely you can relate. I thinkeveryone can, but at the end of the day, I guess it doesn’t matter.Society is a stubborn thing, and so are the minds of those who live in it? It’s sad to say. Ijust thought I’d call some things into question. Thanks for listening.
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