Is it appropriate for a man to carry and use an umbrella? I keep a simple, black, compact umbrella in the car for heavy down pours. On my way from my full-time job to my part-time I got caught in a downpour and grabbed my umbrella when I got to work. When I walked in I was teased by numerous co-workers with lines like, "nice umbrella," and "that's a manly umbrella." Although those may seem like compliments when read, the tone used when said was condescending. To my knowledge, it is perfectly acceptable for a man to carry an umbrella. If anyone has any insight or idea as to why I was mocked for my umbrella or if there are general guidelines to carrying an umbrella I am missing please inform me. Thanks!  

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Absolutely yes. I have come across people viewing an umbrella as feminine but without any idea why. 

Yeah I don't get this one. Do your co-workers enjoy getting soaked? Who wouldn't carry an umbrella?

Comedy bit that's actually surprisingly on topic.  Even mentions the umbrella thing directly.  Fairly profane ... not for sensitive ears.  But very funny ...

 

Umbrellas are fine so long as its raining hard enough to justify it ... and so long as you're holding the umbrella yourself.  (Heh.)  Mocking other guys for it is also fine.  Because its funny.

 

JB

I always have an umbrella in my car , I buy the bigger ones from a golf shop they have a nice sleeve to keep them neat and when I do use it you can share it with someone walking in the same direction " that could not be any manlier "

This. I, for one, love golf umbrellas. They look nicer and less dainty than your average umbrella.

Unless it has Hello Kitty on it, I can't fathom why you shouldn't carry it nor why you should give a damn about what they say.

Probably just joking around with you. The saying goes that women bond by complimenting each other but they don't mean it while men bond by insulting each other but don't mean it.

I have a very nice bent handled walking umbrella.

Now for windy cities I tend toward a wide brimmed fedora and long trench coat.

Where do you work where people would tease you for not getting wet? 

I will not use an umbrella even though I live in a rainforest:  http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19850119&id=...

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2013/05/pres-obamas-disrespect-for-the-milit...

Except for tourist and lobbyist hoods and hats are much more popular rain gear here.  I was in the military too long to see not see an umbrella carrying male as effete.  

If you are going to carry an umbrella regardless at least carry a cool one.

Interesting point, and that is a wicked cool umbrella!

Not to mention currently illegal in a whole lot of places...

John Steed. Prof Henry Jones (heck, he takes out a Nazi plane with one). Nothing feminine about umbrellas.

Ignore them. Put it this way. Imagine you are with them and some girls at a restaurant and it starts to rain as you leave. You can offer to share the umbrella. What do they have?

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