What signifies a manly drink or a ladies drink ? This topic has always beenbothersome for me. Even before I turned the prestigious age of 21, I was judged on the non-alcoholic drinks that I would order at a restaurant. You know the fruity drinks; raspberry limonatas, Shirley Temples with a cherry on top, pina coloadas, if it was fruity I drank it. But I would inherit stigma and cruel criticism based off of my selections, not only by males, but even females. They would call it a “bitch drink”. Therefore nailing me into the category of “suspects”(suspected to be homosexual). In my mind I asked where does this naïve emotion stem from, is it really innate with their brain functioning, or is it incepted into their mind through the media.
As I explore this topic with you, I fast forward to present day 21 years old Leon. When it comes to alcohol consumption I like to intake anything that tastes good. If it happens to be deemed as a girly I don’t care, it tastes good. Drinks such as Seagrams Jamaica me happy- tastes great-deemed girly. Mikes Hard Lemonade I pretty much like any flavor it has- deemed girly. I prefer wine over hard liquor- seen not manly or less manly than the guy that does. Since when taste selection determines masculinity and what taste is masculine? http://www.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment_100/137_top_10_list.html
If you went to the website above you can see my pondering was answered. Now unlike most Americans I remember my 21st birthday it consisted of nothing but “grown man” drinks provided by my older guy friends, shots of Fireball Whiskey, Jack and Coke, some type of alcohol with Sprite, and oh yea more shots of Fireball. Being with this older “manly drinking” guys I found myself even feeling uncomfortable to ask for a fruity beverage even on my birthday. I really wanted to try out a cosmopolitan, a sex on the beach, a margarita, but I couldn’t find myself even with liquor in my system even on my special day to ask the bartender for any of those drinks around my company of macho men in their late 20s and early 30s. I find consuming smooth sweet tasting drinks nothing wrong, but because it was not the norm to consume it at this point and time I felt weird. Upset even that I let society push me over that night, but back to you the audience. I would love to hear what you think about this topic. I want you to deep down and ask yourself are there truly drinks that are masculine and feminine, or did us a society make this distinction. If you do feel drinks are categorized like so then is a man less manlier than the next guy, because he prefers feminine drinks ?