Big Boys Don’t Cry: Time to Break Down the Stigma

Crying is a sign of strength- not a sign of weakness.

Judith Uusi-Hakimo

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A young man, upset and crying being consoled by another man sitting beside him. Both are wearing long sleeve shirts.
Photo by Yan Krukov: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-man-in-white-dress-shirt-consoling-a-man-crying-7640795/

The notion that “big boys don’t cry” is a sexist and outdated stereotype. Our society sees men as stoic and strong, and many still believe that crying is a weakness. As a result, boys learn from a very young age to suppress their emotions.

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Judith Uusi-Hakimo

A Nurse by profession. A mother of three and a wife of one. A storyteller and an aspiring writer.