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.
Does owning a cat make a man less masculine?
Yes, very much so.
It makes him even manlier.
Men who own cats...
are unlikely to get dates.
probably have less sex than men who don't have cats.
are unattractive to women.
are likely to be the objects of ridicule.
are as likely to get dates or sex (with any gender) as men without cats.
their sexual orientation does not correlate with cat ownership.
...who cares? One should not make assumptions about a man with a cat.
...the idea of cat-owning men as less straight or masculine is a stupid stereotype.