8 Things You Won’t Believe Used To Be Masculine

Gender stereotypes and rules can be harmful for every gender out there. Girls can’t do this, boys can’t do that. Only girls do this, only boys do that. Little things like this just further emphasize what a fascinating social construct gender is. It can be as empowering as it is demeaning!

But we can take some comfort–or at least some interest–in the fact that today’s gender rules in the west and around the world weren’t always as rigid as they are now. For example, did you know that pink used to be manly? What about the fact that cheerleading was a man’s sport? Surprised? So was I. So here’s a roundup of a few things you won’t believe used to be masculine that are now considered painfully feminine.

Do you know about any other trends or behaviors that are considered “girly” today that used to be “manly”? Should these things be totally cool for guys, too? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Me

    Ha Ha on the leggings and pantyhose thing. We guys are already wearing those again. They’re warm and give good support to the legs. I wear leggings almost everyday in the winter.

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  • Sierra

    Number 2: the pic was actually Henry VIII. Not the VII…ok.

  • Oscar

    Why are you showing a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio crying? I feel bad I’m not the one rejecting him i just go with who the people tell me to go with. I feel bad for the guy he’s great but rules are rules.

  • finn

    so youre telling me that women stole all these from men, and have the audacity to call men who still have one or all of these styles a homo? women………………

  • Karlee

    This article is super sexist. The fact that this article is an actual article makes you a rediculous hypocrite. You shouldn’t have added your biased side in this.

  • Caelvanost

    I think the pink thing is because the Nazi catalogued homosexual men with a pink circle on their vest (like the yellow star for Jewish people). So since that, pink was gay.

  • Kirstine

    How pink became a girls exclusively colour is explained in this episode of QI:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ILOXmyfY1I

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  • Quinton

    Men’s high heels were used for horseback riding to keep hem in the stirrups. Also, some if these are obvious and aren’t even surprising.

  • James

    In fact, in France in the 17th century (the reign of the Sun King), in ballet performances, women were forbidden to wear pointe shoes (toe shoes) and only men wore them. For a span, women were actually pushed out of the theatre because Louis XVI thought ballet was an endeavor reserved for men!

  • Marisa

    One of my bestfriends, who is a straight male, owns multiple wigs and not even because he’s balding, he has great natural hair, but he likes the fact that he can rock a different hairstyle/color completely based off of his mood that day. He gets a shit ton of criticism, but he also lands more girls than that of the critics. Wigs can be rocked my men. My bestfriend is living, breathing proof of that.

  • dtyjnc

    one of the pics says purse and the pic was of a sporran, and in scotland we still wear them with kilts

  • rootmenu

    that’s henry viii not henry vii

  • K

    Hi, just wanted to let you know, pink is now considered a feminine colour because during WWII Hitler would pin small pink ribbons on gays so they could be easily identified and placed in concentration camps. 🙂

  • Lilly

    Girl. It was manly if it was called girly. For 200 years ago, girl was an english word for boy.

  • Ruvaakzu’u Anaklusmos

    ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?!I HATE YOU PEOPLE!IF YOU ACTUALLY PAYED ATTENTION IN ENGLISH AND HISTORY CLASS YOU WOULD’VE KNOWN MEN WORE MAKE UP,WIGS,TIGHTS AND LEGGINGS!AND MEN CAN CRY TO!IT’S JUST THAT SOCIETY LOOKS DOWN UPON THEM IF THEY DO AND THEIR SCARED OF BEING BEAT UP BECAUSE OF IT!SO THEY JUST HIDE THEIR SADNESS BECAUSE OF THAT!I HATE 21ST CENTURY GIRLS!I WISH I WAS BORN IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE WHERE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS ARE REAL AND WHERE SOCIETY DOESN’T JUDGE YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO OR LOOK LIKE!GAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!