Breaking the Man Code - What Guy Code Means

by katiem2

You’ve heard the term man code and now you can learn what it’s all about getting the low down to breaking the man code and learning what’s going down.

The man or guy code is a basic rule defining the instinctive male behavior leading them to do what they do. The term “it’s the man code” was coined a phrase to emphasize when a man should act in a certain manner given the circumstances simply because it’s the guy code. Regardless of whether the code is a legitimate basic instinct or an excuse it’s caught on and men around the globe are swearing by and sticking to it. It is for this reason we women are better off learning and understanding this code and yes living with it.

Keeping the Guy Code

Anytime any man is asked anything what so ever about another man his lips are sealed and he knows nothing.

From time to time a man will be questioned about another man, perhaps a friend, co-worker or relative. 

The questions most often come from women and yet are not limited to them with men or parents making inquiries as well.

The man code states that at any time any man is asked anything about any other man he replies, “I don’t know” or pleads the fifth so to speak by playing dumb.

Men never spill anything about another man no matter how innocent it may seem. 

The questions asked about other men fall on deaf ears, you can expect to never get an honest and open account. Men keep the secrets of other men very well. Men are more trustworthy than women, or so it seems.

Man Code and Keeping Man Card

When men go out together, play sports or join other men for any reason what happens then is never spoke of.

Women are inquisitive and always ask what happened during a night out with a mans friends or family. Anytime more than one man spends any amount of time alone together their wives, girl friends, mothers or sisters will ask the prying question, "what did you talk about"? The man will always reply we didn't talk about anything. When pressed stating you must have talked about something the man will go on to talk about food, how the car ran or anything boring and non eventful as if they never have meaningful conversations with other men no matter how close they are.The man codes states men don't talk with other men like women do with each other, wink wink!

Guy Code on Pursuing Women

The man code insists a single man should hit on or pursue any woman he’s interested in.

If said man is shot down the first time he ask a chic out he should persist with enthusiasm and confidence for an appropriate amount of time.

That being any and every time he comes in contact with her.

The man code states a man should pursue the woman of his desires with confidence as if she the one for him and he’s the one for her.

There is no shame in relentlessly pursuing a woman even when rejected it's expected.

Many men claim to have won over the women of their choosing simply because he wore her down with his persistence.

Is Man Code Guy Code Real?

Do you believe the man code is real and that most men live by it?

No, I don't believe most men live by the code
WiseFool on 03/23/2013

I'm on the fence. I recognize some of the above, but those traits were present in men I didn't particularly like. Men I do get along with seem to be a bit less contrived in their behvaior. I tend to think, if men do conform to the 'man code', then they're not the kind of guys I'd want to spend time with, let alone date.

Guest on 03/22/2013

Gad, why do people want to believe in these dumb stereotypes?

Yes, I believe in the man code.
Kellie on 03/25/2013

I totally believe in the man code or guy code as it is also referred as. My Dad, brothers, guy friends all lean on the guy code when it's either fun or useful. It doesn't mean a man or guy is bad they are just enjoying a bit of fun with their gender. Nothing at all wrong with that!

Updated: 05/28/2013, katiem2
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katiem2 on 03/26/2013

Mike, Good to know thanks for adding a hint of insights on man or guy code.

teddletonmr on 03/25/2013

Hey Katie, a real man doesn’t kiss and tell... :) Ok, maybe sometimes when there is something of real value to be gained. ;)

katiem2 on 03/24/2013

SI, Oh yes I too have heard of the guy code before, thanks for the reminder. Guy Code and Man Code is one in the same. I love your analogy it's spot on.

Secret Identity on 03/24/2013

I've heard of the guy code and now the man code, one in the same, it is a live and well on campus. It's sort of the rules guys must follow to get in and stay in the boys club. I think it's basically harmless fun and as a few of your readers have pointed out falls by the wayside in real interaction between the guy and their significant other. I play along with my bf and it's a fun back and forth secret between us, I play dumb to his friends and he spills his guts behind closed doors.

katiem2 on 03/23/2013

Brenda, I myself have witnessed a man (or more..) who easily caves and spills his guts but I'm sure they don't admit to it....Good point

BrendaReeves on 03/23/2013

I haven't observed this in any of the men in my life. I can always get them to spill the beans. I do believe, however, that much of our behavior, men and women, is instinctive.

katiem2 on 03/23/2013

Wiesfool, A very good question, lets hope for some male enlightening,
Mira, Thanks for joining the man code conversation.

WiseFool on 03/23/2013

It's interesting isn't it, that men are encouraged 'by the code' to pursue a woman even when she's said, 'no'? If a woman does that, she's not viewed as endearingly persistent, she's thought to be a bunny boiler. All seems like we're on a very uneven playing field. Fascinating read, though. It's an eye-opener into how some men think.

Oh, and just a little afterthought - if men, by nature (I say by nature, because I assume they're not whisked away just before adolescence to be taught this stuff), are shady about things they've done when they go out, do they not realize that appears very suspicious? Any guy care to comment on that...?

Mira on 03/23/2013

Nice article. :) I can see the truth in what you're writing.

katiem2 on 03/22/2013

Paul, Thanks for confirming I'm on the right track. I'd like to one day fill this page with all sorts of man code.

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