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How would women cope if they were able to catch.... Man-flu?

Asked by JeffVader (5416points) March 19th, 2010

As all men know this is one of the most deadly & horrific diseases known to humanity….. far surpassing things such as Ebola or Lassa Hanta. However, being the troopers we are we muddle through with just a few days in bed, a couple of aspirin, & some hot lemon. Do you think women could cope?

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Just_Justine's avatar

bashes @JeffVader on the head with a frying pan loll.

dpworkin's avatar

They could never handle it. Look how much they whine about childbirth.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I cope very well with alot more than that.LOL!

Just_Justine's avatar

@dpworkin I didn’t whine, I just shot him out, whilst chatting to a friend on my cell phone, eating sushi and holding a video cam conference call about stocks that were dropping.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

After reading through some of the threads about PMS, I’m actually pretty happy that I’m only afflicted with Man-flu. <Ducks and runs for cover before this question gets crazy>.

dpworkin's avatar

@Just_Justine Maybe you’re a guy.

zephyr826's avatar

Ahhh, man-flu… I’ve watched my brothers, my father, and now my husband cope with this horrific disease. It seems to affect us in odd ways, though. I’ve actually caught it, twice, once fro my brother and once from my husband, and both times, as soon as it hit my body, it toned itself down to the point where I was just slightly ill, a little achy perhaps, but nowhere near the sit-in-the-dark-believing-you’re-going-to-die-call-a-priest confinement stage that they had caught.

Someone should do some research on that virus. I sense a dissertation topic…~

mrentropy's avatar

I don’t even get that. I’m denied any kind of rest.

Just_Justine's avatar

@dpworkin you could be right. If I even get slightly sick or off colour I am impossible, convinced I am going to drop dead any minute. I whine get all panicky, call the fire brigade, phone random people who will listen and plea for help. Yes I am a man.

ucme's avatar

Then it would be woe-man flu.

deni's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities exactly. be very glad, lol

HTDC's avatar

What’s man-flu?

dpworkin's avatar

@HTDC It’s a guy thing. You wouldn’t understand.

Cruiser's avatar

@JeffVader You actually take days off in bed!!! :O I am ashamed for you!

DominicX's avatar

I actually never heard of the term “man-flu” until two days ago, so it’s quite a coincidence that it shows up here today.

I mean, when I get sick, I don’t want do anything except lie in bed, but I don’t turn into a whiny bitch…

But I feel like my dad exemplifies this perfectly. :P

HTDC's avatar

Could somebody else enlighten me?

Don’t worry, my friend Google will help me sort this out.

CMaz's avatar

Women have no problem catching my Man-Gu.

TheBot's avatar


Lol my dad also does this a lot too. I don’t think I do it. Or maybe unconsciously… But I have to say there is something about my mom and sis systematically categorizing my illnesses as exaggerations. As soon as I simply inform them that I have a headache or something else (seriously I am not one to whine), they start making fun of me, coming this close to saying I am making it all up. It’s kind of annoying really, because it happens, men do get sick!

trailsillustrated's avatar

what the h is man flu

ucme's avatar

I think it’s what superman does!

HTDC's avatar

And this. A very fitting visual representation. Isn’t this sad? Heart wrenching stuff.

ucme's avatar

That guy’s faking it he looks way too healthy.

deni's avatar

@HTDC hahaahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahhah that made my day

trailsillustrated's avatar

haha oh thats just the flu flu, or a cold, or a cut finger, or a burned thumb or, and in my vast experience I have seen if often

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Man Flu, ugh. Men are such babies when they get germs. I try to make mine clean, comfortable and wait it out.

mrentropy's avatar

@Neizvestnaya I am not. I don’t even like to mention when I’m not feeling well. Which, these days, is incredibly rare, anyway.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

:) Let me guess, you are the silent sufferer who puts on a happy face so we women can wonder what the hell is really going on in there cause you know… we can sniff out when something’s not all good and fine with you. It’s okay to let someone take care of you now and then.

wildflower's avatar

Women already suffer man-flu…...admittedly second hand, but I’m pretty sure it’s worse than the 1st hand experience!

mrentropy's avatar

@Neizvestnaya I don’t put on a happy face, I just go about my normal routine. If I’m feeling really bad I just say so and lay in bed or something. Nobody takes care of me anyway, so that’s not an issue.

What I don’t do, though, is languish around looking like I’m in the race for an Oscar.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Yeah, being pathetic ivites more of a kick in the pants than a kiss on the forehead and offer of snuggle time or some hot soup. Good for you.

Val123's avatar

I’d drive my self nuts because I’d never get anything done!

wundayatta's avatar

You laugh! I stubbed my toe last year and had man-flu for weeks! Weeks, I tell you!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I have never heard of this affliction. It seem it’s not a real condition and serves no purpose. I hope there is no reason for women, too, to get this.

BoBo1946's avatar

Just so you know we men aren’t faking it…

Man Flu

1. Man-Flu is more painful than childbirth. This is an irrefutable
scientific fact*.
*(Based on a survey of over 100,000 men.)

2. Man-Flu is not ‘just a cold’. It is a condition so severe that the
germs from a single Man-Flu sneeze could wipe out entire tribes of
people living in the rainforest. And probably loads of monkeys too.

3. Women do not contract Man-Flu. At worst they suffer from what is
medically recognised as a ‘Mild Girly Sniffle’ – which, if a man caught,
he would still be able to run, throw a ball, tear the phone book in half
and compete in all other kinds of manly activities.

4. Men do not ‘moan’ when they have Man-Flu. They emit involuntary
groans of agony that are entirely in proportion to the unbearable pain
they are in..

5. Full recovery from Man-Flu will take place much quicker if their
simple requests for care, sympathy and regular cups of tea or coffee are
met. Is that really so much to ask? Florence Nightingale would have done

6. More men die each year from MFN (Man-Flu Neglect) than lots and lots
of other things. (Like rabbit attacks or choking on toast).

7. Men suffering from Man-Flu want nothing more than to get out of bed
and come to work, but they are too selfless to risk spreading this awful
condition amongst their friends and colleagues. In this sense, they are
the greatest heroes this country has ever known.

8. In 1982 scientists managed to simulate the agonising symptoms of full
blown Man-Flu in a female chimp. She became so ill that her head
literally fell off.

9. Man-Flu germs are more powerful than Rambo, Batman and The A-Team
combined. They are too strong for weak, nasty tasting ‘lady medicines’
like Lemsip, so don’t bother trying to force them on a victim of

10. While it may seem like a Man-Flu sufferer is just lying around
enjoying ‘Diagnosis Murder’ it is a commonly recognised medical fact
that the exact pitch and frequency of Dick Van Dyke’s voice has
remarkable soothing powers.

Val123's avatar

Do you have any proof that men die from the Man Flu more than by rabbit attacks???!! :)

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