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Hey, guys! Do you feel pressure to have muscular bodies? If so, how did you respond to that pressure?

We’re bringing up this topic because it’s currently popular with gay men on Reddit. The original poster (OP) asked the readers, “Do you feel pressure to be muscular?”

The respondents of the thread were upfront, and as expected some of them said yes, some said no, while others admitted that while they felt the pressure when they were younger, they don’t feel it now that they are older. A few of them, on the other hand, explained that the pressure they feel is more about being fit rather than being muscular.

One reader admitted, “Constantly!! Especially as a top who sounds gay…. Haven’t found a guy yet who just accepts me as I am and that I find attractive as well.”

In contrast, one respondent replied, “Not really, no. I do pressure myself to stay active and fit though. Don’t really care about having ripped muscles though.” While another gay man said:

Not at all.

Every day I live my life for myself, not for others. I’m thick but solid. If a guy can’t get on board with that, I’m sure someone will. Not to be arrogant, but I have done well for myself and I have a lot going for me. If someone is not interested because I have a little padding, that’s their loss and I wish them good luck.

Meanwhile, a guy explained, “I’d say the more correct term would be “pressure to be fit.” He added, “To me, muscular would be huge and I don’t feel pressured to be huge. But definitely to be fit.”

Way back in 2017, attitude conducted a survey among gay men. They asked the respondents: “How happy would you say you are with your body?” Take a look at the result of the survey below:

  • 49 percent of respondents said they felt “unhappy” with the way they looked
  • 10 percent admitted they were “very unhappy”
  • 23 percent reported feeling “happy” with their body
  • 17 percent said they have “no strong feelings either way”
  • Only one percent said they were “very happy” with their body.

 What about you, guys? Do you feel the pressure to have perfect bodies? Do you think that gay men are under more pressure to be fit and well-muscled than straight men?

In addition, do you also expect your potential partners to have a good body? And more importantly, are you happy or content with your body? Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below!

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