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Men Don’t Cry
August 2, 2012, 10:23 am
Filed under: Misc Thoughts

“Men don’t cry.” An adage probably passed down from father and mother to son time immemorial. It probably originated in a time where copious testosterone and tethered aggression were considered to be properties only evident in the most accomplished. Now-a-days those properties are restricted to small sections of society, namely professional athletes.

What does this adage mean? Perhaps it precludes that men are hardly men if they cry. Does this then imply that men are incapable of sadness? Maybe real men should, if not happy, only be restricted to anger or aggression. Could the underlying tendencies behind this saying create problems for the common-day man and woman? The implications of these undertones could shed light on the propensities of “real men” to act insensitive and boys to strive towards that unideal ideal.

What does it even mean to say that one half of our species should not exercise such an elementary bodily function? We scientists call it lacrimation. Society insists on a different label: wimp, girly-boy, coward.

A perfect example of our wonderful extra-somatic accomplishments.


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