8 'Girly' Things That Guys Are Too Embarrassed To Admit They Like

#3 is universal.

Redditor adamwhenderson posed this question to guys on the popular site:

"What's a guilty girly pleasure you have that you'd be embarrassed for anyone to find out about?" 

The answers were compelling because they address ideas of what it means to have "masculine" or "feminine" tastes or likes. Can taste be gendered? Is sensual appeal gendered biologically... or socially?

That's a question worth asking as you look through some of the most popular answers.

1. Being the little spoon.

It's always nice to be cuddled.

2. Taking bubble baths.

Light some candles, turn off the lights, pour a drink, put the phone on silent...

Don't judge us, bro.

3. Going to the hairdresser. Because scalp massages.

Having your hair washed by someone else is great. 

Having it washed by someone who then massages your scalp? It's really good. 

4. Listening to Justin Bieber.

Well, I mean... He can sing

Right, moving on....

5. Scented candles.

Candles are awesome. 

6. Women's shampoo.

Redditor dolphinastronaut lays out his reason for a love of shampoos typically marketed to women:


"When I was younger and lived at home, I used the same shower as my sister and the rest of the family. One morning I ran out of my regular shampoo, so I grabbed her bottle of shampoo (some black cylindrical bottle from Tresemme) and tried it instead, thinking "Hey, I'll just use a little bit, so she'll never notice, and it's better to wash it with some kind of shampoo than not washing my hair at all. How bad could it be?" When I was done, I realized my hair looked noticeably better than normal. And that was the first day (that I can remember) that I ever received a compliment on my hair."


7. Fruity drinks. Specifically, appletinis.

8. Taylor Swift.

We don't see why liking Taylor Swift is "girly." Taylor Swift is just awesome. Not only is she talented, she's also really kind to her fans

On that note, is it really necessary to justify the things you like because they don't fit into models of gender "normality" that have no objective validity? It's perfectly human to like things that make you feel good, regardless of it's marketed socially or commercially or both.


Like what you like...

What are some of the things that you like that aren't necessarily "right" for your gender? Do you have any "guilty pleasures" that you're embarrassed about? 

Let us know in the comments below...and if you like this, please share it with your friends.

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