It’s a crying shame…

Why should there be stigma attached to men who cry?

With suicide rates and recorded rates of depression on the rise it’s clear that times are maybe getting a little harder for some people. The most frightening thing is the ever increasing number of males who take their own life.

Of course there will be many different reasons behind these increasing numbers so I won’t delve too deeply into what is a very sensitive topic for a lot of people.

What I would like to talk about though is the stigma that is sometimes attached to male emotion. Males are often expected to be this hammer and nails sort of being, tougher than steel and almost robotic inside.

To show a lack of emotion appears to be a social trend that people never got over and for one to show any compassion for anything would be seen as a feminine thing to do.

“When was the last time you cried?”

I recently saw a campaign on social media regarding this where male celebrities were asked about the last time they cried, all of which were surprisingly honest in their answers. So maybe the stigma in this modern era is lesser now than before but it certainly still exists.

So, if you want to cry at Marley & Me, the ending to “The Champ” and Rocky 4 you go ahead with pride. If you want to sit and feel sorry for a man who is madly in love with a girl who isn’t interested on “First Dates”, do it. If you want to feel an overwhelming sense of happiness at spending time with a close group of friends then you should definitely do that. (Yes, all of that was me.)

We need to get rid of this stigma that is attached to any male showing emotions and maybe it will help some to be able to confide in someone when it gets too tough.

Thanks for reading Week 7. I will see you all again next week.

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