WII Text Message: Are Men Less Emotional Than Women? (11.01.22)

Men are biologically no less emotional than women. However, the median man tends to express that emotion differently. For example, men are notorious for keeping their emotions to themselves—until they don’t. Some of the most extreme emotional outbursts you will ever see are carried out by men.

When they say “men are not emotional,” what they mean is that expressing emotion, especially emotion deemed “soft” (sadness/anxiety/hurt/depression, etc.), makes men look weak and lose social status. As a result, men opt to suffer in silence or deal with their emotions independently.

You tell me if this sex-based distinction is a healthy cultural norm that accurately reflects biology.

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