This pressure about being a man is all about context and of course socialization. Masculinity is a public performance and man-xeity is the performance pressure.
There is that age when you are in control, nay, in charge of your sexuality, your zip and your seminal wealth. It is that age when you eat what you want, not what you are served.
It was bizarre that no one was ready to believe him. But he knew how it looked. He was an ordinary looking guy and she was the smartly dressed and stunning woman. He had to be the guilt party.