The idea that baby showers are a women-only affair is slowly but surely changing as many expectant parents want to celebrate with all of their friends, women and men included.
But as it's wont to do, the military is behind the times.
A U.S. soldier recently asked for leave to attend a baby shower, but his application was turned down by his commanding officer because apparently “men don’t go to baby showers.”
He then posted his application on Reddit to share with the world how he was refused time off for a sexist, outdated reason. The Army specialist then substituted more masculine reasons for a day off on his leave application. Some of them included “going home to the Appalachian mountains to drink whiskey, wrestle bears and shoot lots of guns.”
“I also plan to grow out a beard, chop down a hundred trees with my axes and eat 10lb of thick cut bacon with my wife, who I plan to have lots of unprotected sex with, because I am a man and that's just what we do. Football,” he wrote further, going to prove that he also did other things that men do.
The Reddit post soon became a hit users who jumped onto the bandwagon and came up with more interesting reasons one would need a day off from work.
More than 3,000 comments poured in and one commenter wrote “He should have put: Going home to learn the NCO creed and to get ready for WLC, Jumpmaster School, and Ranger School. Will not beat my wife or consume alcohol.”
Some Redditors even doubted the authenticity of the post as one commented: “I’m going to call bullshit. The handwriting looks the same, Military Leave form when 'denied' isn't even filled out completely. OP never filled in the leave dates, unit, or anything else to show this was a proper form. Even the second part, where OP writes about masculine bada**ery, is still missing that crucial piece that wouldn't have me raising the bullshit flag. OP has no signatures from anyone in their chain of command, meaning nobody saw this in an official capacity.”
Many people’s comments called out gender stereotyping and sexism In the post, and some men shared their experiences at baby showers, and other “unmanly” events.