The U.S. military has changed a lot in the last few decadesyou can now be openly gay or even female while serving in the armed forces!but certain dogmatic ideas of gender and masculinity aren’t going away anytime soon.

Take this specialist’s request for leave to attend a baby shower, denied by his commanding officer because “MEN DON’T GO TO BABY SHOWERS,” lest they accidentally grow a vagina or something.

But our dude wasn’t going to miss the pregnancy party, so he came up with a manly excuse.

I had no idea Ron Swanson was an active service member.

H/T Reddit

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