What are six disadvantages of being a male?If you can think of more disadvantages, that would be excellent, but I need at least six.

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archteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What a great question!  These are definitely generalizations, and only based on personal experience and observation.  These do not apply to all men, or to all families, workplaces, etc.

1.  Males are expected to be the primary providers/breadwinners for their families even though their spouses are often working too.  This can create tension within the house, particularly in a situation where a woman is making more money.  It can also create issues for men who want to go into great careers like teaching!  Many of my college friends wanted to be teachers, but went in other directions because they "would have to support families someday."

2.  Traditional ideas of manhood/masculinity are being challenged or ridiculed in society, but they have not been "replaced" with anything more acceptable.  While men are mocked for being "tough guys" or for failing to show emotion, they are still not permitted to cry or display their feelings "like girls".  Many are being out-earned or out-promoted by their female counterparts, but they have not been taught that this is OK.

3.  They are expected by their spouses to contribute on the domestic front, but many were raised by mothers who did all the cooking/cleaning for them.

I'm guessing you were looking for 6 total, so I'm just goint to post these three instead of repeating other people's points.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are some sweeping generalizations and absolutes being expressed here, but I’ll try not to perpetuate that. It seems to me that many of the "problems" with being a male are centered around double standards in our society.

1)It is acceptable for women to work outside of the home or to stay home, but men who choose to stay home are sometimes viewed as unmotivated or incompetant--look at or listen to the movie or song, "Mr. Mom.".

2)Young women can date older men, and it’s frowned upon, but unless you’re someone like Ashton Kutcher, it’s looked at differently if young men date older women.

3)Woman can dress in pants, suits, athletic clothes, but let one man try wearing a soft and frilly dress in public and he is labeled a "cross dresser" like it’s a bad thing.

4)Men really have no scientifically documented hormonal issues on which to blame anything.

5)Women can drink beer, whiskey, bourbon, and etc. without a second glance, but let a man drink something pink and frothy, and well once again he’s labeled as if it’s a bad thing.

6)Woman can live together and be best friends, but if grown men do this their suspected of something or joked about. Look at Bert and Ernie.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I hope you mean disadvantages of being a human male.  If not, this is going to sound silly.  It should be pretty amusing to see how this comes out!

  1. As a teenager, at least, you feel like the deck is stacked against you in terms of romance.  Girls can generally, it feels like, have a boyfriend if they want one.  Guys can't (have a girlfriend that is) because girls are picky.
  2. You have to act tough no matter what your real attitudes are.  You get made fun of too much if you don't act like a "real man."  (That's as a teenager.)
  3. As an adult, there is more pressure on you to have a good job -- we still have the attitude that men should be the breadwinner whereas it's okay for a woman to stay home or to have a lower-paying job.
  4. But even with #3, men are expected to help with housework nowadays.
  5. Male pattern baldness.  LOL  So glad I don't have it.
  6. This is sort of related to #2, but it's not so acceptable to express emotion to other men, like your father, for example.

Please don't take this to mean that I think men have it worse than women or that there aren't rebuttals to these points!!

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator
  1. While Caucasian females are included in the category of minority in consideration for jobs because they have supposedly been not given equal oppotunities, Caucasian males are excluded from any such category.  Yet, recent reports show that more males have been laid off in this "Recession"/depression than women.
  2. Statistics show that males are at a disadvantage in being hired for government jobs.
  3. Male children are expected to be good in math.
  4. Males are expected to be inwardly stronger than females.
  5. In divorces, child custody usually is awarded to the mothers.
  6. Male-bashing is acceptable on television, etc.
  7. Males, on the average, die younger than females.
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1.  A man is expected to be the breadwinner of the family.

2.  A man cannot always afford to show his true emotions.

3.  Men live shorter lives, according to statistics.

4.  A man is expected to pick up the bill when with a woman.

5.  A man is expected to treat all women as "ladies," even when this is not always the case.

6.  Single men are often looked at with a questioning eye in regards to sexuality.

spazzer16 | Student

LOL i love to skydive, spelunk, cliff jumping

Going off of #13 My emotions came out as anger and suicide

Anger at the world

And suicidal ideation. Thinking that the world doesnt care if im here so y not leave it.

Going off y i like to do crazy stuff.   You only have 1 life so why not enjoy it

tmray7 | Student

These are all very interesting answers but reality is men die younger they get involved in high risk behaviors (racing, sky diving etc.). Men also have higher levels of stress and many have type A personalities. High blood pressure, heart disease, higher incidents of suicide and other stress related illnesses. Then you have the "big boys don't cry" they hold in their emotions and usually it comes out as aggression and anger.  The best thing you could ever do for a male child is to buy him a doll (does not have to be a baby doll could be a stuffed bear or stuffed dog) he will learn to be nurturing and caring and will learn that it is ok to show emotions, they have also found that boys who had a doll (stuffed toy) made better husbands and better fathers.

spazzer16 | Student

1) Men cant show there true emotions. They will be looked at as (girls... sorry cant put the word i want to use cause enotes will ban my acc)

This is a big disadvantage for me because i have a hard time showing mine.. Even though i really need to express myself, because of the was i was raised.

deadlyshot | Student

i agree with spazzer.

a women should always feel that her man will protect her and always be there when she needs help.

i also think that a male should be strong emotionally and physically but that does not meen that males dont have fealings and dont feel pain emotion and physicall.

spazzer16 | Student

Okay what you mean is strong emotionally right alice.

I beleive that but i also belevie that a male should be strong mentally and physically. There the ones who i feel can be the rock in the relationship

I female should be able to go to her man and let everything go out.

Also every time i met someone who cheated on there girlfreind i kick there ass.

I got morals.

little-alice | Student

One your a male! Ha-ha! (Sorry, uhm... seriousness. Okay.)

1.) Your expected to be strong even when you want to break down crying.

2.) Getting kicked in a man's sexual organs HURTS!

3.) You have to try not to hide the fact that you are having an erection in the morning.

4.) Uh... wet dreams sux; especially when the guy your laying in bed with is having one.

I'll come back when I can think of more... 

krishna-agrawala | Student

Disadvantages of being a male

  1. The women's liberation movement and related propaganda criticize all men unjustly. Men have given them treat them with special respect and care, as reflected in common phrases such as "fair sex", "better half", and "ladies first", but this aspect of behavior of men is totally ignored.
  2. When men love and care for women it is thought of as some kind of privileged for them, or something done by men for just impressing and winning over affection of men. But when women do similar things, they are praised for being naturally loving, caring and affectionate
  3. The law relating to alimony in case of divorce is very much partial towards women, as compared to men.
  4. When women do housework, it is treated as a regular work, but usually no credit is given to men for doing such work.
  5. Mothers lay special claim over their children as compared to their fathers, because the bear the child. This is something not under control of men. It is no fault of theirs that they don't bear children. I am sure fathers love and care for their children as much as mothers do, but women have spread a general feeling that they are more loving and caring.
  6. Men in general are physically stronger than women. Because of this most of the work requiring hard physical work is done by men. But they do not get credit for doing more and harder work. On the contrary men are generally criticized for not employing women in such jobs.