13 Men Open Up About What Makes Them Feel Emasculated

Despite the fact that in 2017 no dude should have to feel like they aren't "man enough" for whatever reason, sometimes guys still have those moments where we question our manhood (i.e. anytime John Cena is in any movie or garbage bag commercial ever).

Cena cameos aside, I've felt emasculated many times. The occasion immediately comes to mind was when I attended a women's pole dancing class for a writing assignment. All these ladies were climbing up and down the poles and doing all kinds of maneuvers on them, while I slid straight down. It was a real eye-opener regarding my lack of upper-body strength. (The only upper-body work I do is typing.)

So when reddit user JoeyPitlock took to the AskMen subreddit and posted the question, "What's something that makes you feel emasculated?" a bunch of reddit dudes opened up about what causes those insecurities.

Here some of the many, many answers from men who chimed in.

guys share things that make them feel emasculated
1/13 Emily McCarthy

"When I can't open a jar." —Slinky_Panther

guys share things that make them feel emasculated
2/13 Emily McCarthy

"[Not] being professionally successful. I do ok and will be doing much better in a couple of years, but it took me a while to find my professional footing. I'm way behind my peers. And in the dating world at my age, (almost 40) women can (understandably) make assumptions about my level of success, and I feel like I don't meet expectations. Not that I'm supposed be a millionaire or something, but professional men in my age bracket can usually afford to do more things than me, so I feel like I'm constantly not measuring up. And it makes me feel like I'm hiding a little secret a lot of women are going to be turned off by it when they find out." —Throwawaytheseblues

guys share things that make them feel emasculated
3/13 Emily McCarthy

"Having a girl I'm romantically interested in say 'you're a great friend.'" —DrWhoisOverRated

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guys share things that make them feel emasculated
4/13 Emily McCarthy

"Having to move back in with my parents." —Wickedraven

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guys share things that make them feel emasculated
5/13 Emily McCarthy

"Being single at 31." —java7nerd

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guys share things that make them feel emasculated
6/13 Emily McCarthy

"Despite having a lot of 'traditionally manly' qualities (not that I personally care about their 'man value' or anything like that to begin with), I do feel a tad bit emasculated that I don't yet know how to handle basic car maintenance myself. And that at this rate, I won't be able to take my son to fish or hunt like some other kids might be able to do with their dads." —thecookiesayshi

guys feel emasculated
7/13 Emily McCarthy

"When older women talk to me like I'm a child. I'm in my mid-twenties and work with a bunch of older women. The 'hun', 'sweeite' BS gets old after awhile." —Lobshta90

guys share things that make them feel emasculated
8/13 Emily McCarthy

"I'm a 22-year-old virgin. And no sign of that changing lol." —confucuis

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guys share what makes them feel emasculated
9/13 Emily McCarthy

"Sitting to pee. I know it's irrational, but it's probably the most emasculating thing possible. When I lived in Germany, some people would actually request that their guests would sit down to pee when they came over. It would be something like: 'Please take off your shoes at the door and we sit when we pee in this house.'" —blahblahyaddaydadda

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guys share things that make them feel emasculated
10/13 Emily McCarthy

"When I see another dude lift bigger." —toysjoe

guys share things that make them feel emasculated
11/13 Emily McCarthy

"My tiny micro weiner." —patrick_simpson

guys share things that make them feel emasculated
12/13 Emily McCarthy

"There was this time when I bought a house and my then-GF invited her shirtless, brawny, good-looking, muscular, country bumpkin 'best friend' over to do some home improvements on my f—ing house." —theSchmoozer

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guys share things that make them feel emasculated
13/13 Emily McCarthy

"Shaved off my beard today. Feel like less of a man than yesterday." —vegan8r

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