You must be a girl. It's hard to understand different honor cultures when you haven't lived in them. For example in San Francisco, if you called someone gay they would probably shrug. In Texas however, do the same and you'll nearly universally get a fist/glass in your face. How people assert/defend their masculinity is how & where they're raised. It doesn't mean everyone in Texas is a closet homosexual OR insecure in their masculinity. That's patently absurd.DizzyChuggernaut said:Okay I'll try to explain what I mean. If you are actually confident, you wouldn't get so upset at being called a girl or being called gay and you wouldn't feel as much of a need to constantly assert your masculinity and heterosexuality. If you simply like traditionally "masculine" things (in your case, guns), that's not the same as proudly exclaiming "wow you guys, look at how manly I am. I am totally not girly at all, honest".Ihateregistering1 said:In essence, we're incapable of understanding why someone believes what they do, therefore they must be doing it to make up for something.
Edit: Forgot to mention why I said honor culture. Back before laws were as strict, defending your reputation was important to your success as a family. In some countries, honor culture is strong for varies reasons. The middle east is a good example of countries that are basically fallen civilizations which have become strong examples of honor culture (terrible though).