Welcome to Week Two of “Mannish Mondays,” where we explore the importance of pleasure and the right to it as men.

As men, we are often taught to suppress our emotions and desires, to toughen up and be strong. But denying ourselves pleasure and ignoring our needs can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression.

It’s time to reclaim our right to pleasure and embrace it as an essential part of our lives. Here are some ways to do just that:

  1. Prioritize self-care: Taking care of yourself is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Schedule time for relaxation, exercise, and hobbies that bring you joy. Remember, self-care is not selfish; it’s necessary to maintain your well-being.

  2. Explore your sexuality: Our society often places a lot of stigma on male sexuality, leading many men to feel ashamed or uncomfortable exploring their desires. But it’s important to remember that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of being human. Take time to explore your sexuality in a way that feels comfortable and authentic to you.

  3. Indulge in guilty pleasures: Whether it’s enjoying a slice of pizza or binge-watching your favorite TV show, give yourself permission to indulge in guilty pleasures that make you happy. Life is too short to deprive yourself of the things that bring you joy.

  4. Connect with others: Connection and intimacy are essential for our emotional well-being. Make time to connect with friends, family, and romantic partners. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to new experiences.

Remember, pleasure is not a luxury; it’s a fundamental part of our lives as human beings. Embracing pleasure can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life. So go ahead, indulge in the things that make you happy and remember that you deserve it.