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By Kimberly Garcia
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There are many misconceptions about men. Just walking around, you might hear conversations that refer to men as all being the same. Apparently, they are always messy, they never want to stop to ask questions or they never talk about their emotions. Well, like any group of people, there are a spectrum of men and they disagree with the stereotypes that surround them.

Many people think that men are not transparent about their emotions. Truth is, as surprising as it may be, that they have them, they just have a different way of showing them. Society also dictates how men should or shouldn’t show their emotions.

“I wear my heart on my sleeve. If I’m happy, I show it; if I’m sad I show it,” said Jonathan, a senior at Texas State University. He also mentioned that most men are taught at a young age not to show their emotions. Science has proven that men do tend to use the left side of their brain, which is the reasoning side of the brain. So naturally, men have a tougher time expressing their emotions, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t show them at all.

If you begin talking to people about going on adventures or trips with men, at some point, someone might mention that if a man gets lost, they will never stop and ask for directions. They can’t accept that they took a wrong turn and now they want to just drive around till the gas tank is empty. Although this may be true for some, there are people on the other side that disagree completely.

Photo by Jennifer Servellon.
Luis and Jacob agreed that if you get lost, you find a way to fix it yourself. Photo by Jennifer Servellon.

“Getting lost is your own fault. You get in it, you get out of it,” said Luis, a Texas State grad student. Jacob senior, also agreed with him. The Omega Delta Phi members both agreed that they would ask for directions if they were lost.

When it comes to how men live. Some people might imagine a room with t-shirts and papers all over the floor. “It varies from person to person,” said Cameron, a Texas State sophomore. He mentioned that his roommate cleans every day and that his space is pretty clean. This shows that there is a spectrum of men and that they are each different. 

Some people think that most men probably don’t like being creative. They might think that their focus is in sciences or related subjects, when in reality, many men enjoy participating in creative outlets.

“We be crafty,” said Kane, a sophomore at Texas State. He said that he really enjoys making films. Men have been associated with math, but they can be creative as well.

Getting ready in the morning can also tell a different story from man to man.

“Showering may not take as long as picking outfits,” said Bobby, a Texas State senior. Taking care of their appearance can account for one to three hours a month. Different men have different routines, depending on what they care most about themselves.  

Overall, men are all different. No stereotype could be true across the board. They each have their wants and needs or any other hobby they might enjoy spending their time. It’s about letting the norm go and accepting them for the person they are.

Featured image by Jennifer Servellon.

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