Our society has an imaginary handbook of cultural guidelines that are understood and followed by most. You won't ever find a physical version, and the rules are rarely mentioned in a casual conversation – however, every human is aware of its existence. There are unspoken rules for literally every aspect of your life: a friendship, relationship, parenthood, etc. – yet today, we'll be strictly focusing on the rules that hide behind manhood. 

"Men of Reddit, what are some unwritten rules we have?" – an online user took it to one of the most famous and well-liked online communities to find out what unspoken manhood laws are there. The question received over 4.4K upvotes and 3.7K worth of comments revealing the rules that every self-respecting man will follow to the end of his days. Make sure to comment below if there's something that members of this online forum missed!

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#1

Always Inspect The Stairs When Walking Behind A Woman

Always Inspect The Stairs When Walking Behind A Woman When walking upstairs behind a woman, the stairs instantly become the most interesting thing.

“Hmmm, these stairs are really made out of stairs huh”

Depressed-College27 , micadew Report

GW
Community Member
1 month ago

My sister does this with movies. If there's kissing in a movie, she just looks around and talks about the walls or the floor

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#2

You Have To Stand Next To Your Friend When He's Cooking On The BBQ

You Have To Stand Next To Your Friend When He's Cooking On The BBQ Whenever your friend is cooking on the bbq, you have to stand next to him and talk about how amazing this food is gonna be

figlay , Joe Shlabotnik Report

Olivia
Community Member
1 month ago

This is wholesome.

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#3

BBQ Tongs Must Be Clicked A Couple Of Times Before Usage

BBQ Tongs Must Be Clicked A Couple Of Times Before Usage A big bag of soil, dry dog food, or rice must be slapped.

Tongs for BBQ must be clicked 2-3 times before using them.

TheBassMeister , Didriks Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

The clicking activates the tongs. Tongs automatically switch off after a short time, so no need to worry about leaving them on.

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#4

"That's Not Going Anywhere" Is Essential When You're Strapping Down A Strap

"That's Not Going Anywhere" Is Essential When You're Strapping Down A Strap When you're strapping down a strap, you must say "that's not going anywhere" or you will lose everything on the trailer

Winter_Walker1Xx , Bradley Gordon Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

My hubby says "That's good enough for Australia".

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#5

Beer And Pizza Is An Acceptable Payment For Helping A Friend Out

Beer And Pizza Is An Acceptable Payment For Helping A Friend Out Beer and pizza/BBQ is acceptable payment for helping another man work on his house or vehicle.

ofsquire , Yoshihide Nomura Report

Mermaid Elle-Jaye
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg, now that’s a pizza. Just came from the horrid list of boyfriends attempting cooking.

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#6

Your Friend Is The King Of Jokes If His Crush Is Around

Your Friend Is The King Of Jokes If His Crush Is Around When your friend’s crush is around, he is the funniest in the group

SwimmingRevenue5321 , https://flic.kr/p/8krmCn Report

kristina law
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone needs a great hype man!

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#7

Don't Throw A Friend Under The Bus

Don't Throw A Friend Under The Bus Don't throw a friend under the bus to impress someone. Ever.

HopefulSite125 , Tim Spouge Report

Zophra
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah. No one wants blood all over the road. Who would that impress?

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#8

If Your Pal Buys You A Beer, You're Responsible For The Next Round

If Your Pal Buys You A Beer, You're Responsible For The Next Round If a friend buys you a drink you don’t pay it back you just buy the next round

UgliestDisability , Images Alight Report

Pat Bond
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the way

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#9

Defending Someone In Their Absence

Defending Someone In Their Absence The best test of a friendship is when you defended someone in their absence and vice-versa.

WithAdityaBansal , Eric Chan Report

Alias Delfs
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep if you don’t your a horrible friend and human being

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#10

A Grunt And A Nod Is An Acceptable Conversation

A Grunt And A Nod Is An Acceptable Conversation A grunt and a nod is an entirely acceptable conversation.

narvacantourist , Scott Raymond Report

JJ
Community Member
1 month ago

My ex-boyfriend is American and didn't know a single word of German. When I introduced him to my dad (who doesn't speak a single word of English), I was baffled that they sort of communicated without talking to each other. After that my dad said, my ex was a nice guy and my ex agreed that my father was a nice guy, too. Yeah... sure. 😆

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#11

A Bathroom With 5 Urinals Means A Bathroom With 3 Urinals

A Bathroom With 5 Urinals Means A Bathroom With 3 Urinals If a bathroom has 5 urinals, it only has 3 urinals.

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Space Whale
Community Member
1 month ago

As a girl, I get this. For those who don't , I imagine it's uncomfortable to pee right next to someone. Also if there are dividers does this rule still apply?

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#12

Your Pal's Sister Is Like Your Own

Your Pal's Sister Is Like Your Own If your boys' sister is in trouble, protect her like your own.

IMOguy , Sheila Sund Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Until they tell you they are in love with you when you have a long term partner and a child. Then you have nothing to do with her.

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#13

Always Buy Toilet Paper

Always Buy Toilet Paper For those that live with women: No matter what you are going to the grocery store for, just buy toilet paper.

PM_ME_SOME_LUV , Ivan Radic Report

beesechurger elite
Community Member
1 month ago

thank you brother for sharing this knowledge

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#14

Don't Make Fun Of A Man's Career

Don't Make Fun Of A Man's Career Don't poke fun at the way a man makes his income.

HopefulSite125 , Gunnar Wrobel Report

august is mentally unstable
Community Member
1 month ago

or how anybody makes their income

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#15

You Don't Need To Talk, You Can Just Nod

You Don't Need To Talk, You Can Just Nod *up nod* What's up?

*down nod* you have my respect

*right nod* we need to chat

*left nod* come check this out.

CrustyJuggIerz , aux. Report

Space Whale
Community Member
1 month ago

*shakes head like a crazy person* This is communication

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#16

Compliments Are Essential

Compliments Are Essential Don’t be scared to give compliments, we keep them in our “permanent memory” area.

Hansyyyyy , Quinn Dombrowski Report

The IRS
Community Member
1 month ago

It's when and how to give compliments that seems to trip up some men. Getting into a lift with a woman on their own. Not a good time to say you like their hair....

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#17

A Secret Technique That'll Make A Man's Life Easier

A Secret Technique That'll Make A Man's Life Easier When our balls stick to our thigh we have to take a big step to unstick them

wetlettuce42 , WineCountry Media Report

eff the haters
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok y'all can't complain about us discussing this on BP and then complain about how some men are grossed out by periods. It's a fact of life.

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#18

Toilet Etiquette

Toilet Etiquette It’s is essential that we pee away the small bit of s**t on the side of the toilet bowl.

HanzeeeeDent , Christian Heilmann Report

Brendan Roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

And women say that men don't help out with cleaning...pfff!

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#19

Always Give Respect Until Proven Otherwise

Give respect until they prove they do not deserve it.

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Eat Dirt Crow
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a motto: "everyone deserves your respect, not everyone deserves your time"

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#20

Never Harass Women

NEVER DM a woman for sex(maybe unless in a specific subreddit for that kind of stuff). Don't be so thirsty as to harass women

sismetic Report

Alias Delfs
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a rule that should be for all genders every where but unfortunately this is not held true

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#21

You Can Have A Beer, But Not If It's The Last One

You Can Have A Beer, But Not If It's The Last One You can have a beer. But not if it's the last one.

Don't roast a man in front of their kid.

the_yeast_beast85 , Bernt Rostad Report

ZentheOgre
Community Member
1 month ago

Never disrespect a person Infront of their kids unless they themselves are disrespecting the kid

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#22

Never Start A Conversation In A Public Bathroom

dont you f*****g dare start a conversation in the public bathroom

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LagoonaBlueColleen
Community Member
1 month ago

Even as a female, I get uncomfortable talking to anyone and anyone talking to me while I'm in a stall. mind your biz.

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#23

Always Let A Man Brag About His Garden

If a man brags about his garden, you let him talk, don't interrupt him saying yours is better

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Loading Screen Tips🇺🇦
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a "friend" that always makes it a competition, If you ran a mile over the weekend he ran 2, if you're playing a game, one time he "obliterated" a streamer on stream. it's super annoying and I've started to cut ties with him.

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#24

You're Obligated To Hold A Stud Finder To Your Chest And Make A Beeping Noise

You're Obligated To Hold A Stud Finder To Your Chest And Make A Beeping Noise If you are holding a stud finder, first thing you do is hold it to your chest and making a beeping noise

randonegus , Charles & Hudson Report

beesechurger elite
Community Member
1 month ago

My dad does this whenever we are at home depot

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#25

Don't Ever Try To Outshine Your Friend When He's Trying To Impress A Woman

Don’t be funnier than your friend when he’s trying to impress a girl.

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🥔SaltyPotato🥔
Community Member
1 month ago

n o

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#26

Urinal Rules

Urinal Rules I’m gonna add another urinal rule.

While you’re peeing you’re allowed to fart uninhibited without acknowledgement and we won’t say s**t.

But, once you’ve zipped up and head to the sink, that window has closed.

You can still fart but, you can’t just act like it didn’t happen.

blueholeload , Marco Report

Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
1 month ago

I dunno...If it's particularly uproarious, I'm probably gonna crack up involuntarily.

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#27

Never Touch Another Man's Fries

Never Touch Another Man's Fries Never touch another man’s fries.

BigPum , Quinn Dombrowski Report

Kassiopeia
Community Member
1 month ago

Never touch anybody's fries

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#28

Restrain From Making Eye Contact While Eating A Banana

Never make eye contact with another man whilst eating a banana.

hooch Report

Jacob Nunez
Community Member
1 month ago

Unless he is your man……than its ok to do so.

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#29

Don't Ever Hit A Man In The Balls

Don't Ever Hit A Man In The Balls Don't hit a man in the balls. Just don't.

HopefulSite125 , Austin Kirk Report

IV (he/they)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

unless hes trying to assault you or harm you in some way? don't downvote please I'm just saying

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#30

Don't Ever Put A Friend Down Whenever A Girl Is Around

Don't Ever Put A Friend Down Whenever A Girl Is Around dont "jokingly" put down your friends whenever a girl is around just so you can seem like some kinda alphachad, especially if they like the girl

halfmeasures611 , Emmanuel Huybrechts Report

Tilfeldig Forbipasserende
Community Member
1 month ago

A better rule would be: "Don't Ever Put A Friend Down"

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