The Brief: Hot Boy Summer is the male version of Hot Girl Summer and a synonym for City Boy Summer.

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What Is Hot Boy Summer?

This is a term inspired by “Hot Girl Summer” to refer to boys and men living their best lives this summer. As with City Boy Summer, it’s often implied that this will involve partying, spending time with friends, and casual hookups.

On July 18, Future tweeted a Spotify playlist titled “Hot Boy Summer.”

Hot Boy Summer vs. Hot Girl Summer

Although Megan Thee Stallion, the inspiration for the term “hot girl summer” stated that it’s for both women and men to enjoy, some men appear to have co-opted the term in order to take the focus and celebration away from women. In some cases, the men using the term are acting in a role similar to those of “men’s rights activists” or people who ask why there’s no “straight pride parade.” On Twitter, many people have expressed criticism for the way that this term is being used.

https://twitter.com/__hto__/status/1151762049384570880

Amidst this debate, it should be noted that some of the best #HotBoySummer memes don’t take the term too seriously…

https://twitter.com/SorryMomDotGov/status/1148301661493846016

https://twitter.com/thelifeoflogn/status/1146101130704957441

Hot Boy Summer SZN In Full Swing

In spite of the controversy, there are many wholesome posts about Hot Boy Summer which along a similar vein as Hot Girl Summer, focus on self-care, self-love, and friendship.

Man Crush Summer

Some people are using the phrase as they would #ManCrushMonday: to give shoutouts to men that they find attractive.

https://twitter.com/bpdunst/status/1147237989728362496

Of course Kpop stans have something to say about their favorite stars…