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Old 06-26-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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why do people make fun of people who cant stand hot & spicey foods? like it's a sign of weakness or something, and people who can tolerate hot food are seen as being so tough, the hotter & spicer the food the tougher the person?

seems like people who eat that stuff cant even taste regular foods and say it has no flavor
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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I know as many women as men who brag about their ability to eat fiery foods. I think it's less about them feeling "macho" and more about the simple fact that they really can do something that others can't do. They've got mighty tough taste buds and stomachs. No question. And they're kind of proud of that.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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I wonder if eating extra hot & spicey foods causes any damage to your taste, it's seems like it would damage your stomach
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I don't know, but it gets pretty obnoxious when people boast about how hot they like their food. I like spicy food only very rarely...a little spice is okay, but when it's burning hot I can't taste the food.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't think it makes you macho.
I don't get bragging about it, either.
Big whoop.

But there is something kinda annoying and babyish and high maintenance about people who make a big fuss about how they simply can't handle it!!!!! Oh, laws, my sensitive little self!!!

You know what I am talking about. Not reasonable people who don't like it or have a medical condition or something. The peoplewho make a production about it.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I have been eating hot food for most of my life. While I enjoy very hot peppers, it's not a macho man thing for me like it was when I was young. Now that I'm older and more mature I will not get into pissing contests with others about spicy food, nor will I try to one-up them by eating hotter food and claim victory. All of that is childishness! I know who likes spicy food and who doesn't in my circle of family and friends. When I prepare food, if there's a hot version of it, I'll also make a mild version. Everyone is happening!!!!!!
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Who cares anyway?? Does it pay the bills? If eating a hot pepper makes you macho or a man - the world is in worse shape than I thought. It may be a sign that your stomach has more in it than your head does.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Plattsburgh NY
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Well first off... people that make fun of other people, for any reason, are insecure.

I eat and thoroughly enjoy hot/spicy foods. Some people's tolerance for spicy food is very low. Glad mine isn't.

Doesn't make anyone MACHO though.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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We eat quite a bit of spicy in our house. Hubby loves it hot, a bit hotter than me, but he doesn't brag about it. He just spices it to his liking and that's it.

I agree with the poster who commented on the people who make a big deal about not like it hot. I've got an SIL that does that. She makes such a big deal about it. When we go to visit, we like to go out for Mexican food with all of our family. This one SIL has to make a big issue about how she doesn't like spicy food. She's such a delicate flower! Lord, there's plenty of things on a Mexican menu that isn't spicy, and you can always just ask them to leave jalapenos etc off your food. Besides, most Mexican restaurants have a burger or something on the menu.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I started a thread a while ago somewhat similarly on the topic (I was more interested in perception by cross cultural comparison specifically) but the consensus to the title question on the OP's thread, based on the responses to my thread, seems to have been no.

Is eating hot/spicy considered manly or masculine only in our culture, or in the native cuisines' cultures as well.
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