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Men, cats, and stereotypes 
28th-Jan-2011 05:51 pm
Pink Nightmare
I keep seeing the idea around that if a man has a pet cat, and it's not his wife's or girlfriend's or inherited from a relative (meaning he went to the shelter and brought the kitty home himself), that makes him the butt of jokes, unattractive to women, and considered effeminate or even gay. I'd like to examine what people really think of men owning cats.

Poll #1673935 Men! Cats!

Does owning a cat make a man less masculine?

Yes, very much so.
0(0.0%)
Yes, somewhat.
2(1.7%)
Yes, slightly.
3(2.5%)
No.
98(82.4%)
It makes him even manlier.
16(13.4%)

Men who own cats...

are unlikely to get dates.
0(0.0%)
probably have less sex than men who don't have cats.
3(1.0%)
are unattractive to women.
0(0.0%)
are likely gay.
1(0.3%)
are likely to be the objects of ridicule.
10(3.3%)
are as likely to get dates or sex (with any gender) as men without cats.
52(17.0%)
their sexual orientation does not correlate with cat ownership.
68(22.2%)
...who cares? One should not make assumptions about a man with a cat.
89(29.1%)
...the idea of cat-owning men as less straight or masculine is a stupid stereotype.
83(27.1%)
Comments 
29th-Jan-2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Why in the world would having a cat make a man less manly? :s I was honestly not aware that stereotype even existed, lol. I'm more likely to be attracted to a man who has cats, if I'm attracted to him otherwise of course.
29th-Jan-2011 06:45 am (UTC)
I don't know why having a cat would make a man less manly, either. It's like saying a guinea pig makes him less manly. I keep seeing this stereotype popping up in the media, and "dating advice" to men that no woman will sleep with them if they have cats. But among the people I know (and apparently the people answering this), it doesn't seem to matter.
29th-Jan-2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
I also have never heard of that stereotype before.
29th-Jan-2011 03:56 am (UTC)
I love cats. If I like a man and he has a cat, that makes him that much more awesome.
29th-Jan-2011 04:07 am (UTC)
This forever.
29th-Jan-2011 04:12 am (UTC)
I greatly dislike (and am highly allergic to) cats so I don't care what gender you are or consider yourself to be, the likelihood of me dating you decreases with cat ownership.
29th-Jan-2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Same here
29th-Jan-2011 06:05 am (UTC)
I never even knew this sterotype exsisted.
29th-Jan-2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Men who own cats...

...are more likely to be laid by me than men who own dogs.
29th-Jan-2011 11:24 am (UTC)
I voted for "it makes him manlier". If a guy owns a cat, to me that means he can take responsibility and care for something.

Maybe the negativity might come from a few women feeling jealous about having to take the back seat because the cat is a little more important to the guy? They can break up, but the cat is always going to be around and be loved.
30th-Jan-2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Although I completely disagree with it, I am aware of this stereotype as well. For some odd (and really stupid) reason, if a guy owns a cat and it's just him by himself in an apartment with a cat, he's seen as likely gay or just feminine. If two guys are friends and own a cat together in an apartment, they are likely first to be seen as a gay couple. Maybe not immediately "oh, those guys are definitely gay!", but it seems to be the first thought that goes through one's head. "Hmm, I wonder if they're gay."

Again, I don't agree with it in the least, but, for some reason, a guy owning a dog by himself is seen as masculine to society, and a guy owning a cat by himself is seen as feminine to society. Very stupid.

But all of this really means absolutely nothing anyway, because if you're a mature adult, you know for a fact that owning any type of animal has absolutely no correlation to one's own sexuality. Unless you date and/or "own" (joking, joking) a boyfriend and you're a man, you're not gay.
30th-Jan-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
I've never heard this stereotype and it sounds completely absurd.
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