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Seven men share stories from when they experienced sexism.

In a world where discrimination is rife, men aren’t the first victims of inequality that come to mind. In fact, they may not be second, third… or on anyone’s list at all.

And arguably, it’s for good reason. Men aren’t a minority, nor are they the first group of people we actively need to protect from discrimination.

But being part of a majority and feeling discriminated against aren’t mutually exclusive. Naturally, in a sheer numbers game, their stories of discrimination shouldn’t demand as much air time. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be aired at all, either.

In a recent Reddit thread, men took to the platform to share the major reasons they find themselves discriminated against. And the general consensus is that gender stereotypes hurt men, women and children.

One writes that being a male teacher means everyone assumes he must be a sports coach.

“Am a male teacher in a large school. Everyone assumes I’m a coach, even people I’ve repeatedly corrected. After three years I’ve just stopped correcting people. Seriously considering buying a whistle and ditching my dress clothes for comfy shorts and t-shirt,” he wrote.

“I was a hairstylist for some time,” another adds. “The amount of times that women said they didn’t want me to perform a service for them was kind of surprising. The way people treated me and my expertise was not the same way they treated the women. Also, everyone assumed me gay.”

"These older ladies called me 'brave' for taking my then 10 month old out to lunch 'all by myself'."

Another concurred with the idea that people want to put you in a category because of your gender.


"I take dance at school because I'd like to be a performer when I grow up. It's pretty off putting when the teachers tell you to just go to the weight room or just use you as a tool for lifts," one wrote.

And then, of course, are the ones we hear of a little more: the legitimate concern for some dads that they aren't taken as seriously as a parent. Or worse, considered a predator, simply because of the older-male, younger-child dynamic.

"I didn't really mind because it was semi-endearing sexism, but these older ladies called me 'brave' for taking my then 10-month-old out to lunch 'all by myself'," one dad wrote.

Another agreed, writing: "I'm a single father. The number of times I've had my parenting demeaned by comments about 'daddy's day with the kids', or my 'lucky wife having a day off'.

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The other discussions on the thread centred on much more serious forms of discrimination.

Some said they felt nervous around children for fear that they would be accused of having "sick" intentions.

"Years ago, I was travelling on British Airways and was asked to move because there was an unaccompanied minor sat next to me. It was an absolutely humiliating and upsetting experience to be assumed as some sort of a threat just because I'm male. Ended up on the verge of suing them before getting compensated, credits and a formal apology," one wrote.

"I sometimes get accused of being a sexual predator for holding my four-year-old grandson's hand," another added.

Alas, these are not the most pervasive or dangerous forms of inequality we have in society, but they're certainly worth listening to.

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