If you’re still subscribed to the old rules of masculinity, it may be time for a shift.
And if you’re a man considering buying a truck because it’ll make you look more “manly,” you may want to reconsider.
The world is changing, and there’s less space for the old assumptions that are associated with toxic masculinity. So if you’re thinking you need to get at truck to be a “man’s man,” you’ve got another think coming.
What is healthy masculinity?
There’s a lot of talk lately about healthy versus toxic masculinity. And while you can get down to very fine detail on the topic, there’s really one way to determine whether your ideas of masculinity are healthy.
Ask yourself this question: Do you think someone should act a certain way because they’re male?
If yes, you probably have been influenced in some way.
If you’re a man yourself, think about the motives behind your actions. Are you doing or avoiding something because you’re afraid of looking feminine? That’s a sure sign that your ideas of masculinity are unhealthy.
Ultimately, you’re a man because you’re a man, not because you do something like drive a pickup truck instead of a Prius. Healthy masculinity is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s not about conforming to gender stereotypes.
Why it’s more masculine to drive a sedan over a truck
Now that we’ve covered the topic of healthy masculinity, you probably have an idea of where this is going.
Driving a truck over a sedan does not instantly make you more masculine. And the reverse is also true. In fact, the more comfortable you are in your own skin, the more masculine energy you’ll emit. So if you’re comfortable driving a pink sedan, you may actually be more masculine than the guy driving the blue F-150.
Understanding the exceptions
If you’re stressing about the decision to buy a sedan or a truck, you can probably relax a bit. The decision is probably a lot simpler than you’re thinking.
Do you need a truck to haul things? If the answer is yes, then that’s what you’ll get.
If you own a home and plan on doing home improvement projects, a truck may be a necessity.
If you own a boat or camper and need to haul, a truck is the obvious choice. A truck is meant to be a functional vehicle. So if you’re not interested in the functionality of it, reconsider your choice. With the truck, you’ll end up paying more for gas and you may even pay more for parking in some cities. It’s an expensive way to prove your masculinity, and it’s not even effective for that purpose. Women drive trucks too, so it’s not the instant masculinity boost you may think.
Masculine sedans to consider
If you’re still struggling with the idea of masculine versus feminine cars, and you don’t actually need a truck, you may want to consider a sedan with more “masculine” styling.
Regardless of their personal views on what makes a man a man, no one will bat an eye to see a guy driving any of the following types of sedans:
- Sporty sedans – The Mazda3 car is a great example of a sedan that any man would be comfortable owning. This sedan is known for its excellent handling and sporty style.
- Masculine styling – In a different way, any sedan made by Chevrolet would be a great choice for masculine styling. Because trucks are such a large part of Chevy’s business, you’ll find similar styling in this automaker’s sedans.
- Luxury vehicles – A luxury sedan has a different type of energy. It’s not masculine per se. Instead, a luxury sedan sends the message that you’ve made it, which flows well with both masculine and feminine energy.
How about you? Do you think of a sedan as masculine, feminine or somewhere in-between?