‘Not suppost to cry’: 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy ‘Not suppost to cry’: 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy CHRISTOPHER HOOTON Author Biography Friday 21 November 2014 8K PRINT A A A When a teacher asked students to list what they don’t like about being the gender that they are, one boy’s answers were surprisingly poignant and perceptive. His bullet points cover stereotypes in careers and sports, the expectation to enjoy violence and machismo and even the negative judgement some may make of men before they’ve even met them. His responses to ‘What I don’t like about being a boy were (sic): – Not being able to be a mother – Not suppost to cry (sic) – Not allowed to be a cheerleader – Suppost to do all the work – Suppost to like vilence – Suppost to play football – Boys smell bad – Having a automatic bad reputation – Grow hair everywhere The image was being shared a lot this week in relation to International Mens Day but actually originates from a class that took place earlier in the year. “Masculinity is toxic” commented one Twitter user. The ‘boys smell bad’ bullet point ties neatly in with two scientists’ abhorrant idea this week to ‘biohack’ vaginas so that they smell like peaches.