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Gender Differences in Perception of Masculinity in Men’s Crying


Masculinity means being inexpressive and unemotional. Men are not expected to cry, to be sad or to be vulnerable (Forisha, 1978). According to the traditional stereotype being masculine means being assertive, being interested in things, rather than people, being analytical and manipulative, and being able to “get things done” (Forisha, 1978)

Femininity and masculinity or one's gender identity refers to the degree to which persons see themselves as masculine given what it means to be a man or woman in society. (Burke, Stets and Pirog-Good 1988; Spence 1985) A person with a more masculine identity should act more masculine, that
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(Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears)

Crying has always been believed to be a sign of femininity and a trait that should be left to women. In cultures where "Macho" or "Alpha Male" are considered a symbol of masculinity and where men are supposed to be aggressive, tough, analytical, emotionally detached, ambitious, and focused on power and domination and women are supposed to be more modest, understanding, sensitive, tender, nurturing, intuitive, emotional, passive, indecisive, impulsive, sentimental, and concerned with beauty; crying especially in front of a woman is considered unmanly, a sign of weakness or timidity (Do Women Find A Crying Man Attractive Or A Turn Off, Akiteng)

Based on what we have read, we decided to conduct a study about Gender differences when it comes to the perception of masculinity and if men’s crying makes the perception of masculinity less. We would also like to know how men and women perceive masculinity in different reasons of crying.

Null Hypothesis: Men and women’s perception of a man crying has no effect in perceiving masculinity.
Alternative Hypothesis: Men’s crying has an effect on the perception of masculinity of men and women.

Definition of Term:
Masculinity – The characteristics possessed by a real man.

This research used a Socio-cultural as our theoretical framework, because we define masculinity based on sociological factors, masculinity being

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