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stigmas • names • macho
masculinity • less of
  1. He believes that coloring his hair will take away from his .
  2. about race and gender are different in every country.
  3. Breaking his leg made him feel like a man, because he had to ask his wife for help.
  4. Don't expect that a man will treat women as equals.
  5. When they get in fights, they usually call each other .
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1219 Men Cry

Daniel and Vella talks about the cultural norm for men not to cry and if they should cry more often.

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Unfortunately, there is a large stigma attached to men crying.

 If there is 'stigma' attached to an activity, doing it brings social disgrace or humiliation. It is not accepted. Notice the following:

  1. In my country, there is not longer the same stigma attached to living with someone before you are married.
  2. There is a social stigma to having a job like that.

call someone names

If you're a guy and you cry in the classroom, people are going to start calling you names.

When you 'call someone names,' you say bad things about that person that are usually not true.  Notice the following:

  1. He used to get called names a lot when he was a child, but now he is very popular.
  2. Tom, don't call your sister names.


I think they expect men to be macho.

A man who is 'macho' fits the stereotype of a very masculine man who doesn't show emotions. Notice the following:

  1. He is so macho that I never thought he would be interested in learning how to sew.
  2. All of their boys are very macho.


I think showing tears kind of takes a lot of masculinity out of men.

A man's 'masculinity' is his maleness, or characteristics that are associated with males. Notice the following:

  1. Does being a stay-at-home dad take away from your sense of masculinity.
  2. He lost the hard edge of masculinity when he became a father.

less of a man

Because I cry that doesn't make me less of a man.

A man could be considered 'less of a man' if he doesn't act in a masculine way or does something that is thought to be feminine. Notice the following:

  1. He was worried that people would think of him as less of a man if he became a nurse.
  2. I think of him as less of a man now that I know what a coward he is.