We explore men's negotiation of emotional expression within larger social discourses around masculinity. Drawing on the phenomenon of men's crying within the competitive sports context, we demonstrate that although the prevailing image of men's emotion is one of constricted expression and experience, inexpressivity is representative neither of typical nor ideal masculinity in contemporary dominant culture. We first review the literature on prevailing cultural beliefs about normative male emotional expression, then focus on literature specific to men's tears. Turning to a discussion of masculinity and sports participation, we offer possible explanations for why counter normative emotional expressions may be particularly prevalent and public in the context of men's competitive sports, despite wider cultural discourses that appear to discourage men's openly expressive behavior.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)