The Masculine Urge to meme example depicting a smiley face with sharp teeth and the urge to fix everything.

The Masculine Urge

Part of a series on The Feminine Urge. [View Related Entries]

Updated Nov 19, 2021 at 02:55PM EST by Zach.

Added Nov 19, 2021 at 12:00PM EST by Phillip Hamilton.

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry.

This submission is currently being researched & evaluated!

You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation.


The Masculine Urge refers to a concept and catchphrase used in memes to describe common stereotypically male urges, traits and tendencies in a comedic light. The concept is often used in ironic memes that make light of and criticize the mental and physical health struggles of men and the idea that men hide their true emotions, such as "the masculine urge to do anything but go to therapy." The phrase, used as a phrasal template by swapping out the last word, became popularized in late 2021 starting around August alongside memes about The Feminine Urge.


The exact origin of "the masculine urge" in memes is unknown but started to become widespread on Twitter in late 2021 following jokes about "the feminine urge" to do various things. One of the earliest tweets[1] about the masculine urge is a quote-retweet by MammothMoth of a tweet reading "the feminine urge to bite," which reads, "Reminds me of my business teacher who said he sometimes gets the 'masculine urge to mow his lawn,'" but did not gain significant traction. Tweets about masculine urges increased around October 2021. On October 2nd, Twitter[2] user @BigTucsonDad tweeted, "The masculine urge to throw a big rock into a body of water is so powerful," gaining over 3,200 likes and 180 retweets in a month (shown below).

Big Chicago Dad @BigTucsonDad The masculine urge to throw a big rock into a body of water is so powerful 11:01 AM - Oct 2, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone


The trend spread across Twitter over the course of October 2021, resulting in numerous high-engagement examples of the joke. On October 13th, 2021, Twitter[3] user jokesdepartment posted "The masculine urge to own a piece of land," gaining over 1,300 likes in a month. On October 14th, Twitter[4] user msgfreestripper tweeted, "The masculine urge to scare the hoes," gaining over 930 likes in the same span of time. On October 16th, Instagram[5] user bodylessorgans posted an image macro captioned, "the masculine urge to embarrass myself daily with little regard for how others might see me," gaining over 2,200 likes in a month (shown below).

the masculine urge to embarrass myself daily with little regard for how others might see me ma

On October 21st, Twitter[6] user mooninfirst posted an image of a pumpkin doing an awkward smile captioned "the masculine urge to," gaining over 153,000 likes and 13,000 retweets in just under a month (shown below, left). On November 1st, Instagram[7] page rrmeggy posted a Patrick Bateman image macro reading "the masculine urge to do anything but go to therapy," gaining over 138,000 likes in two weeks (shown below, right). On November 14th, Twitter[8] user @beforewashjosh tweeted, "the masculine urge to hold in my feelings and never say anything about them ever," gaining over 83,000 likes and 17,300 retweets in five days.

spinch m. @mooninfirst ... the masculine urge to the masculine urge to do anything but go to therapy


The meme also became popular on TikTok in November where TikTokers present a "masculine urge" through on-screen text, often filming their own face or acting out the urge during the video (examples shown below, left and right).

The Feminine Urge

The Feminine Urge refers to a concept and catchphrase used in memes to ironically describe female tendencies and traits. The phrase became notably popular in 2021 following a viral April 2021 Tumblr post reading "the feminine urge to stab <3." The phrase became popular across social media, including Instagram, Twitter and TikTok (examples shown below).

Various Examples

the masculine urge to google "The Masculine Urge" the masculine unge to FIX everything The masculine urge to beat upanyone who hurts you THE MASCULINE URGE TO HAVE A BEYBLADE FIGHT ONCE AGAIN the masculine urge to have sad little sensitive baby feelings about the mean instagram post until u get all tuckered out from harassing women and LGBTQ ppl on the internet and fart yourself to sleep the masculine urge to punch the wall every time a minor inconvenience takes place

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – MammothMoth

[2] Twitter – BigTucsonDad

[3] Twitter – own a piece of land

[4] Twitter – msgfreestripper

[5] Instagram – bodylessorgans

[6] Twitter – the masculine urge to

[7] Instagram – therapy

[8] Twitter – hold feelings

Recent Videos 2 total

Recent Images 49 total

Top Comments


Honestly, considering where this variant came from, I'm surprised that a lot of these are relatively positive aspects of masculinity, rather than the focus being on the negative aspects. Pleasantly surprised, honestly.


+ Add a Comment

Comments (13)

Display Comments

Add a Comment

Yo Yo! You must login or signup first!