Do Men Now Feel It’s Safe To Cry? By Dr Linda Berman.

I think in some translations of classical literature there is sometimes a distinction between men who “weep” and the seemingly more childish verb “cry”. The shedding of tears can probably express a range of different emotions- from rage to deep sorrow and to gladness.


Sad Young Man in a Train – Marcel Duchamp. 1911. Wikioo.

“Like you’re trying to be a man when you’re just a scared kid, trying to keep under control when you really want to scream, cry, or maybe hit someone. Ever feel like you’re breathing underwater and you have to stop because you’re gulping in too much fluid…?”

Alex Flinn

  • Men And Emotions: MessagesThroughHistory

It is difficult to find artwork showing men crying. Mostly, it is women who are depicted shedding tears on canvas.


Rembrandt A Weeping Woman. 1644. Wikimedia Commons.

“I have been crying,” she replied, simply, “and it has done me good. It helps a woman you know, just as swearing helps a man.”

Horace Annesley Vachell, The Romance of Judge Ketchum

In fairly recent history, men have been brought up, and socialised, to be ‘fearless,’’brave,’ and not to show feelings, being told in no uncertain terms…

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