What I’m really tired of is this macho, strong, aggressive image marketed and forced upon males. Men are told not to show much emotion, to not respond strongly to a situation and “man it out”. You must use your masculinity and tough everything that life throws at you.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to hate this. Men are told to “man out” situations and not have any emotion, but in reality, showing emotion (like crying) is purely human, on both genders. Some men may try to “man out” situations that may be traumatizing (such as post traumatic stress disorder), but this will inevitably cause depression and perhaps a mental breakdown because it keeps disturbing them in their mind.
It seems that a man (or boy) will be called “feminine” (or even “gay) if they cry over something, but in reality, it’s purely human. There are men that know better that the macho tough man image is unhealthy, but because of peer pressure, they don’t talk about it, and therefore show little emotion.
Women are often called out for showing “too much emotion”, when in reality such emotion is purely natural. For women, it’s okay to show emotion, cry, but for men, they must “tough it out”. This gender norm that has been imposed for a long time is not healthy at all. Restraining emotions leads to problems (such as depression and mental breakdowns). It really does help to cry or talk about something once in a while, but men are hesitant to do that.
I’m done ranting about the macho man stereotype. I’ve expressed my absolute hatred of it, and how mentally unhealthy it is.