… figure skate, sing in front of other people even if they’re not in a rock band, and enjoy opera and ballet, among other things that make the average straight American man fear he’ll be seen as effeminate.

Which is not to say that straight men don’t do these things in the US, but doing them can call an individual’s sexuality into question. And boys who do these things are likely to get their ass kicked at school. Which is sad.

The flip side is that Russia is super homophobic. But this is supposed to be one of the things I LIKE about Russia, so I’ll just say that I think it’s great that men are allowed to enjoy a wider range of interests than just sports.