On Sunday, Twitter account @TheSocietyDude tweeted a simple question. “What’s the dude equivalent of being into astrology,” he asked the internet, sparking an enthusiastic response from users. The wave of sarcastic, snarky, and sometimes honest replies quickly caused the tweet to go viral and created an instant meme.
What's the dude equivalent of being into astrology— the last of the wife guys (@TheSocietyDude) November 3, 2019
The response was immediate and overwhelming. Mountains of potential answers, from “bitcoin” to “fantasy football” and “Myers Briggs,” started flooding in.
underrated reply— gises (@duophile) November 3, 2019
I think this is the real answer— 8 minutes 46 seconds (@itsshellyguys) November 4, 2019
lots of other replies to this but mine was the correct one— Lauren L Walker (@LLW902) November 3, 2019
Conspiracy theories— Feminist Killjoy (@BuchbergerJm) November 3, 2019
Being into “logic”— Big Timby (@nut_therapy) November 4, 2019
Audiophilia, in particular the kind where you buy extremely expensive cables.— Tony Ingesson (@tonyingesson) November 4, 2019
Armchair quarterbacking— Yusuf (@yusufneedsarest) November 4, 2019
I'm sure they would know what play to make with over a thousand pounds of muscle straining to smash right through them
Having *an idea for a super great podcast with his bud where they just talk— Dry Kramer (@ThatKramerGuy) November 4, 2019
“Libertarianism” was a popular response. The idea seemed to come as a reference to a 2012 tweet. Back when Barack Obama was still in office, Twitter account @dankgdl tweeted out “libertarianism is astrology for men.”
being a libertarian— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) November 5, 2019
Libertarianism.— Thomas Lecaque Will Vote For the Nominee (@tlecaque) November 4, 2019
Libertarianism— Pinko Goblin, Food Opinion Haver (@Ratburn_the_Red) November 3, 2019
Libertarianism.— James Casey (@MrJames_Casey) November 3, 2019
Several people responded with “economics,” another reference to an old viral tweet. The original tweet, posted by Erin Ryan just under two years ago, read “economics is astrology for dudes.”
Don't need to read any more replies this is the empirically correct one— Jacob Weindling (@Jakeweindling) November 4, 2019
Economics is astrology for dudes https://t.co/cxiAg5xj5d— Erin ☄️ Ryan (@morninggloria) December 8, 2017
A few of the responses sparked discussion. While there are plenty of “dude” equivalents to astrology, IPAs and anime are apparently not among them. These options, as explained by several Twitter users, are more akin to “the pumpkin spice lattes of men,” and “the dude equivalent of having a personality.”
I'd say IPA's are more like the pumpkin spice lattes of men.— Coffeeless in Ottawa (@CoffeelessInOtt) November 4, 2019
Thats the genderswap for horse girls.— Fenian Santa (@FenianSanta) November 3, 2019
Days into the thread, there isn’t any overwhelming consensus on the “dude” equivalent of astrology, but the discussion sure is fun to follow.