I was actually just thinking about this topic the other day. I love taking baths, but it is decidedly NOT manly to say, “Mm I’m just gonna go have a nice long soak in the tub, maybe light some candles or incense. Y’know, really get lost in myself.”

So take that, gender-norming. I also like this article because it includes a discussion of alcohol in relation to the topic – demonstrating that because of its high level of social acceptability, alcohol is pervasive throughout life, and avoidance is a pretty unrealistic strategy for coping.

More than reading or meditating, both of which I find time in the bath very useful for, I focus on listening to music in the tub. LISTENING to music. It’s a next-level maneuver in the aural intake game. Maybe I’ll dedicate my next post to proper tub-listening tunes.

Thought Catalog

“I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.”
— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“I take baths all the time. I’ll put on some music and burn some incense and just sit in the tub and think, ‘Wow, life is great right now.’”
— Brian Austin Green

I am a man and there’s nothing I love more than the comfort and relaxation of a warm bath. I listen to Slayer, I know the dialogue of Arnold Schwarzenegger films by heart, and I would like nothing more than to eat a steak and potatoes dinner while watching the NFL playoffs. But I shamelessly spend upwards of an hour in the tub. So you can suck it, hegemonic gender norms.

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