I encountered this insightful comment from /u/illimitableman:
It also helps I'm not stuck in a liberal environment on a day-to-day basis, that shit wears down on your psyche and nibbles at your masculinity bit-by-bit with the constant henpecking, tone policing and other bullshit you have to endure. It is passive aggressive, socially accepted and subtle enough not to result in coming under scrutiny, but by god is it effective. It's basically "behave how we want or be ostracised" which, when you need money and shit, is the equivalent of holding your masculinity to ransom in a gynocratic society. Free men can say whatever the hell they want, most of us aren't free.
After years away from it, I recently re-entered the corporate world as a freelancer. Now, finally, I can see the toxicity and bloat of corporate communication. There is a near-pathological level of sugar-coating, conflict-avoiding, and beating around the bush.
This is the result of women entering the workplace. Most women are emotionally hypersensitive to any feedback. Good luck if you have to give them negative feedback. You can't just tell Nancy her report sucked; there's a solid chance she'll have a meltdown. In order to survive, you must force your language through a filter, anesthetizing it of any possible female butthurt. Thus men are made to communicate like women.
Illimitable's right: it's a gynocracy. A passive, indirect, ineffective communication style is being pushed in many corporate environments. Comply, or it could mean your livelihood.
If you work in such a place, know this: it is NOT NATURAL.
When you're forced into that style, nine hours a day, it affects you. Your voice becomes higher pitched. You get anxiety. You're exhausted in the evening.
Constantly walking on eggshells creates stress. Stress creates cortisol, which directly inhibits your testosterone. So, in a sense, acting like a woman reduces your ability to be a man.
It's toxic, and you have to get out.
So what's the solution?
Become an entrepreneur.
My bosses are my clients. As long as they're happy, I'm working. Instead of worrying about how I'm phrasing my emails, I spend my time helping my customers, while brainstorming new ways to add value. When I interact with the clients, I'm in sales mode. All the rest of the time, I'm free to be myself.
So how do you get there?
If you're an extravert, go work in sales for at least one year. If you're smart, and you apply yourself, that's enough time to thoroughly acquire the skillset. Seriously, you can get good at sales really fast.
After a year, you'll be able to click into- and out-of sales mode at the drop of a hat. Very valuable skill, at every level of entrepreneurship.
Kick ass at sales, save money, quit, start a business. /r/entrepreneur for ideas.
Introverts might prefer acquiring a skill that can be freelanced. Software development, graphic design, copywriting, personal training, craftsmanship, there are so many possibilities. There are courses available on how to become a freelancer. Pick up some freelancing around your day job, while aggressively saving money. When you have a cushion saved, quit your job and go full freelance. Smooth transition.
So there you go. Corporate culture is toxic and anti-male. Do yourself a favor, and become your own boss.