You’ve heard many of these before: Men can’t cook or dress well, they hate to shop, and they drink a lot of beer. They’re male myths and we’ve compiled a top 10 list of the most popular. This list of male myths concerning lifestyle is based off the questions in our Great Male Survey, and the results revealed what modern men have on their mind, one of those things being whether our top 10 male myths are fact or fiction.
Men can’t cook
Just look at all the cookbooks for newly divorced men, bachelors and married men and you get the idea we have no inherent cooking talent. The other evidence: your dad. It’s a good bet his best dishes were more of the grilled hamburger, popcorn, poached egg, and reheated lasagna variety. However, is this perception still fair or cooked up? Our Great Male Survey results will give you a better idea.
Men will eat anything
The evidence is there; how else would you explain the Philly cheese steak, deep-dish pizza, poutine, and the triple bacon cheeseburger? If there’s one slice, a handful of fries or a bite of burger left over, it’s widely believed that a guy will wolf it down in a second — waist size and cholesterol count be damned. Weigh in with the Great Male Survey results to discover the truth.
Men don’t follow fashion
Gucci suit, Hugo Boss tie, Dolce & Gabbana shoes? Sure, if they’re cheap and comfortable. Otherwise, Sears and Target fit the bill for guys. For evidence that men don’t care about what they wear, take a quick look at male characters in pop culture. Ray Romano, Kevin James, Adam Sandler, and the king of comfort himself, Homer Simpson, all could care less about a runway — unless, of course, Victoria’s Secret Angels are walking down it. Are we happy with off-the-rack or tailored? Learn more from our Great Male Survey results.
Men are obsessed with cars
This male myth starts with teenagers. It’s believed male teens display posters of the latest female model next to the latest Lamborghini model. Then into adulthood they replace posters with the diecast car models they put on their desks at work, they read Car and Driver, regularly argue that McLaren has better cars than Ferrari, and if they have a big enough paycheck, they buy a sports car that they wax every weekend. Check the Great Male Survey results to see if it puts the brakes on this myth or gives it the pole position.
The world’s best-dressed men come from Italy
From watches to shoes to form-fitting suits, Italian men have a long history of looking good. Thanks to a culture that encourages men to dress well, it’s no surprise Italian men earned this reputation. What do men in Manhattan, Paris and London have to say about it, however? Find out more from our Great Male Survey results that take a closer look at the world’s best-dressed men.
Men don’t use powders and creams
The traditional perception is that men imitate their rock idols like Keith Richards, Bob Dylan or hard-living authors like Ernest Hemingway, and laugh at the idea of using creams to smooth out their well-earned wrinkles. However, times they are a changin’ and for evidence you can look at one of the ultimate metrosexuals: David Beckham. He slathers on any number of male products like moisturizer and cologne, and endorses a pack of others, all while playing a tough sport. Has our attitude toward cosmetics changed? Find out in the Great Male Survey Results.
Men avoid going to the doctor
Do you sound like a seal when you cough, see tracers around objects as they move and have run such a high fever that you were convinced you had a five-minute conversation with Buddha while sitting on the can? Women might take these as signs to visit a doctor, but men take it in stride. Unless they’ve lost an arm to a shark or were bitten by a cobra, it’s commonly believed that men will avoid the doctor at all costs. A recent MSNBC survey backed it up.
Men drink a lot of beer
Here’s the common perception: Men come home from work, loosen their tie, kick off their shoes, kiss their wife/girlfriend, and crack open a beer before anything else can happen. And on a given night out men will either: a) kill a case of beer b) drink a bottle of whiskey or c) both. According to this, we understand moderation as something done in an interview, and not while drinking. Check out our survey results to see if we’re truly the boozehounds we’re made out to be.
Men hate shopping
On the traditional male-hate scale, this one is perceived as ranking near the top. The common perception is that we’d rather synchronize swim than pick through bargain bins, clothes racks and folded displays to find a piece of fabric. Some stores cater to this idea by having exclusive sections for men to sit and watch TV or play video games while their wife/girlfriend scours sales racks. Are we really this fabric phobic? Check our survey results to learn more.
Men don’t cry
With traditional male movie stars like John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, and Charles Bronson tight-lipped on screen, the common perception is that men don’t cry — no matter what. Is this really true, however? Marlon Brando’s characters have cried on film, Tiger Woods has cried on the golf course, and you might have even seen your father well up on a special occasion. So, do we truly suck it up or cry it out? Check our survey results to learn more.
truth or rumor?