What does it mean to be a man in America? It's an age-old question and the answer has been fluid.

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As time goes on, expectations shift change and those changes in how a man should act can lead to confusion and wide array of results. Since the beginning of time, men have been trying to prove themselves to women, each other and themselves. What it meant to be a man in the 1970's is drastically different than it is today. So, what makes you a "tough guy?"

12 Signs You're a True American 'Tough Guy'

Our culture morphs and those shifts mean certain types of behavior have an expiration date. What you once thought was "cool" or "tough" may make you look like a straight up D-bag now. The problem is, when our culture pivots, not everyone gets the memo.

You could find yourself in a room with someone born in the 60's, another in the 80's, a man who was born in the 90's and another in the 2000's, they are all going to have different ideas about what makes them a man. 

What makes you a "tough guy" today? For starters, the term itself is a punch line, if someone calls you a "tough guy", they are picking on you. This list was supposed to be titled "Top Signs You're a Raging Douche" but my editor nixed that, so these are the "Top Signs You're a Real Tough Guy." 

If this list offended you in anyway, you are who I'm talking about but it's OK, there is time to fix it. Look, I wouldn't have been able to write this so easily if not for the fact that, at some point in my life I was guilty of some of the things on the list.

P.S. "What are you a tough guy?" is, in itself a douche question but sometimes it's worth asking.

P.S. #2 - I say "bro" a lot.

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