I’m bald and people think it’s funny – it’s not taken seriously as a body confidence issue
Many of us struggle with body image – whether we feel insecure about our height or weight – but one man has argued that one of his body features isn’t taken very seriously.
The anonymous man, believed to be from the US, took to Reddit‘s Unpopular Opinion forum to share his frustration with people mocking him for being bald.
In the post he revealed that he has been called ‘bald’ and ‘Mr Clean’ in the past, and has often been labeled ‘the bald man’ – and he is baffled that people find it acceptable to mock him for this position.
He even claims that he was very good at punching people when he wanted to, saying he saw no reason why he wouldn’t respond by calling people “chubby” if they chose to mock him.
His argument divided opinion among readers, gaining sympathy from some but leaving others unsure whether they agreed with his argument.
A man has sparked debate on Reddit after arguing that he should be allowed to make fun of others’ appearance if they mock his baldness
The man wrote on the forum: ‘I’ve never been self-conscious and I enjoy being bald, but it’s amazed me over the years how casually people say casual things like, ‘Hey bald, the bald man, what’s up the hand, Mr. Clean?’ , where did all your hair go?”
He continued: ‘Many men really struggle with balding and I wonder how this affects them? Why would it be so terrible (for me) to answer, “I’m doing well, how’s your day going chubby”?’
The man pointed out that baldness is genetic and unavoidable for some, while arguing that obesity is something that happens “by choice.”
Many chimed in to show their support for the man – and some even said they already comment on people’s weight when they feel targeted.
One person said: ‘If an obese person makes fun of my bald head, I WILL say something about their weight.’ The utter shock on their faces is always priceless!’
Another said they wanted to form a “bare-bones positivity movement.”
However, another anonymous commenter on the post said the man was dishonest and that other people “deserve to be treated like human beings,” even if they insulted him.
One man, who is also bald, said he is often mocked for his lack of hair, but insisted: ‘It doesn’t bother me.’
However, he added: ‘The fact that they don’t think twice about uttering such an insult is disturbing.’
And another argued that there shouldn’t be a problem anyway, because bald heads are ‘in’ these days.