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Is it Okay For Men to Cry…In Public?

In In the News, Politically Speaking on December 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Yesterday, I watched the 60 Minutes interview with soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner.  Throughout the interview, Boehner became emotional–with tears streaming down his face–several times.  At one point, Lesley Stahl said, “What set you off this time?”

On The View, Barbara Walters said she hoped that Boehner would be a good Speaker of the House, but she thinks that he has an emotional problem, because he can’t control his tears.  Joy Behar called him “the weeper of the house.”  

Tears make some people uncomfortable.  I must admit, I would feel a bit uncomfortable seeing “my man” crying at the drop of a hat.  Maybe it’s a double standard that I feel this way, because I am an emotional person–sometimes the tears will come when I’m sad, mad, or in pain.       

I understand that Boehner gets emotional about having grown up in poverty and how he’s attained “the American dream.” But, I must agree with Joy Behar:  Boehner, who’s been described as being mean, cold, and calculating by some, doesn’t seem to show empathy for others who are trying to attain that same dream.  His actions and rhetoric attest to his lack of empathy.      

So, is it okay for men to cry in public?  Some people might say that men should not be ridiculed for crying, publicly.  Some might say that men should not cry under any circumstances. 

Personally, I think it’s okay for men to cry every now and then.  It just depends on who is doing the crying and why they are crying; it’s case specific.  And, if at all possible, it certainly shouldn’t become a habit.

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