The “man code” – does it cross cultures?

Maybe an interesting discussion topic – comparing the American man code to what’s expected in other cultures. This list is extensive and some things are jokes and/or too dirty for most ESL classes but pick say 10 or 15 of them and I think you have a good start. Students can then compare the American rules with expectations in their culture.

You may exaggerate any anecdote told to your friends by 50% without recrimination, beyond that anyone within earshot is allowed to yell out “bullshit!”. (exception: when trying to pick up a girl, the allowable exaggeration is 400%)

Under no circumstances may two men share an umbrella.

Before dating a buddy’s ex you are required to ask his permission.

The minimum amount of time you have to wait for another man is 5 minutes. The maximum is 6 minutes. For a girl, you are required to wait 10 minutes for every point of hotness she scores on the classic 1-10 scale (divided by 2).

When using a urinal in a public restroom, a buffer zone of at least one urinal will exist at all times.

A man shall never help another man apply sun tan oil.

Friends don’t let friends wear speedos. Ever. Case closed.

No man shall ever watch any of the following programs on TV: Figure skating, Men’s gymnastics

No man will ever willingly watch a movie in which the main theme is dancing, and if a man shall happen to view such a movie it is only acceptable if its with a girlfriend.

If you’ve known a guy for more than 24 hours, his sister is off limits forever! Unless you actually marry her.

When questioned by a friend’s girlfriend, you need not and should not provide any information as to his whereabouts. You are even permitted to deny his very existence.

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