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Undoubtedly, some support the idea that men should refrain from showing emotion. Although science insists that crying is natural, some simply believe that strong men don’t cry or 6Identity is the essential aspect of who we are,consisting of our sense of self, gender, race, ethnicity, and religion. 7A stereotype is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. 8A social institution is a stable set of roles, statuses, groups, and organizations that provide a foundation for behavior in some major area of social life. 9Gender socialization is the process of learning the social expectations and attitudes associated with one's sex. 10In sociology, norms are social expectations that guide behavior. 11A role strain is a situation in which people lack the necessary resources to fulfill the demands of a particular role.
Bondura 4 publicly express emotion. The stigma behind vulnerable men is that they’re weak and lacking 12masculinity. For those strong in this belief, they often even raise their sons to cry privately if even at all. In our society, men have forever been expected to be the “tough guys.” Being the breadwinners of the family, the ones in the workforce, the ones on the front line of the military, and those making decisions in the government, are jobs that cannot be done by a vulnerable person. The roles society has placed the male population in requires them to neglect their own feelings and refrain from showing weakness in order to appear as strong, and powerful representatives. Derek Whitney explains: Crying is something that everyone does; it’s a normal part of life. However, if you’re male, then there are often different standards applied. The issue is that too many times and unnecessarily some people associate men crying with being weak, effeminate, or gay. The projection conveyed is that a man is somehow less than whole if any or too much emotion is displayed. (“Why Is It So Hard for Men to Cry?”) Though crying does show weakness, it needs to be remembered that crying is a natural reaction. Science has proven that crying and expressing emotion is healthy, often even described to be stress relieving. The act of hiding or suppressing emotions can be problematic to any human being because it’s a response to a variety of external things. By not allowing our body to do what it’s meant to be, we are harming our own selves. Some may not believe that their is any substance in this argument and that if someone needs to cry they do, but “New research has found that 80 per cent of men repress feelings of anxiety rather than externalising their 12A stigma is a deeply discrediting characteristic that is viewed as an obstacle to competent or morally trustworthy behavior.