Well, that escalated quickly. #WhyMenNeedABreak is trending on Twitter today.
I honestly can’t tell if this started as a Piss Take or an attempt to start an honest conversation about men’s issues. Either way, casual browsing is bound to give you mood whiplash.
At first, it can come off like a parody similar to #BoomerAdvice, or something more akin to #MeToo. However, once you break it down, the hashtag is actually just working through three different kinds of conversations simultaneously.
Amongst the vitriol, real talking points emerged.
Some users took the time to express appreciation for loved ones. Others shared concerns weighing heavy on their minds. Like most Twitter topics, positive conversations are always happening. You just need to know where to look.
— MR GAVIN M GREAVES #TEAMMZBNIKKI ⭐ IFB ALL LFC ❤💙 (@realgmg67) November 17, 2019
Perhaps, the reactionary language that woke people up about white male privileges had it’s intended effect, and now we should focus on getting more people on board to create real change in the dynamics by not vilifying those who also want to make things better.
— Aybike Mergen (@aybikemutluer) November 17, 2019
— Chad Bryan (@RealChadBryan) November 17, 2019
Because we fucking care too. And being your emotional punching bag hurts. Being abandoned hurts. Giving our heart and soul and being treated like fucking nothing hurts!
— KCrimson (@KCrimson5) November 17, 2019
Because they have become society’s newest scapegoat for every new ill, every new wrong, every past ill, every past wrong, for acting like men, for not acting like men, for being too tough, for being not tough enough, for interfering, for not intervening, for…
— Karen ❤ (@i_sing_my_heart) November 17, 2019
#WhyMenNeedABreak My Daddy, bless his heart, he has five sisters, a wife and twin daughters. He is the most patient man I’ve ever met. Trust me, he needs a break!
— AndreaM (@AndreaM80694236) November 17, 2019
— Spider-Bitch (@SpiderBitch69) November 17, 2019
There were a few users who had an absolute field day, with #WhyMenNeedABreak, for all the wrong reasons.
For some, it became a competition between the sexes. Others hijacked the conversation to talk about their own issues. And most disappointing of all, some men took the opportunity to belittle other men for even thinking about needing a break. So, here are a few dishonourable mentions for all-around garbage human behaviour.
I don’t see #WhyMenNeedABreak. Men need the gospel. Put down the video games, trash the porn, take off the makeup, stop being lazy, repent of sin, take up a cross, go to church, know the Word, rebuke this depraved culture, love your wife, discipline your kids, step up & be a man.
— Gabriel Hughes (@Pastor_Gabe) November 17, 2019
Because it’s hard work drinking beer and thinking about sex
— 🍒Acidic Blonde™️ (@Acidic_Blonde) November 17, 2019
— ωнοορϊє ⳤατ ✌️☮️☯️ (@WKatCrook) November 17, 2019
— I don’t pay rent (@sugarfuzz) November 17, 2019
— Tamanna (@Gallavich_4eva) November 17, 2019
Obviously, #WhyMenNeedABreak had some pretty polarizing elements. Thankfully, the ever-present funny side of Twitter was at the ready to provide some much-needed levity.
Maintaining all these fantasy football teams is hard work dammit.
— Pumpkin Pie Fiend Matt 🤖♿️ (@CrankyCyborg) November 17, 2019
#WhyMenNeedABreak Because it’s tiring walking around with a giant fire hose of a penis all the time!
— Rich (Dad Bod)🕺😎🍸🥃😏 (@ricosuave60) November 17, 2019
Sometimes you can’t even take out the trash without some nutter yelling “Garbage Day” and shooting you!
— BestOfBad (@badmovieman) November 17, 2019
— Rooster 🍀☕️ (@2468eieio) November 17, 2019
— KK Garrett 💎 🐶 🐕🍫 🎶 (@SpazzyKK) November 17, 2019
Because I can’t ride them all – #WhyMenNeedaBreak
— Taylor-Jade (TayBae) (@tayjaybabee) November 17, 2019