Because our brains aren't wired that way ... the male brain is hardwired to think linearly, and crying doesn't provide a solution to a problem ... so it usually takes something pretty overwhelming to make a guy cry.
Society teaches them not to. Personally, I've seen a lot of guys cry when they're upset. But they'll only cry infront of people who won't judge them for it. They don't want to be seen as "unmanly" or "feminine" for crying and showing weakness.
A societal pressure situation. Men are taught that emotions, particularly softer ones like love and sadness, are unacceptable for them. Society dictates that women are the ones that feel softer emotions, and men are there to be the rock. This, obviously, is a fallacy because men, obviously, feel sadness and love and all the emotions women do, much in the same way women feel all the same emotions men do. However, in specific to your question, men are taught that crying is wrong, a sign of weakness, and are told to bottle those emotions up. Societal pressure and the lessons taught by their parents results in men not crying and holding it in more than they should.
Hi, creationwonder. Unfortunately, I think it's because of society and the way they are raised, honey. And I, personally, think it's a tragedy and extremely unfair. I do believe men are the stronger sex in many ways, the women in many ways; but you guys have feelings, too, and crying is a feeling. Having feelings do not make you weak and neither do I think expressing them does. I'm not saying a man should go around crying like a little girl all the time, but if they are hurt or are moved by something, then they have every right to cry in my humble opinion. Probably if men cried more and got out their frustrations, there would be less abuse in homes, less crimes because of rage held inside, etc. I know people will think I'm crazy for thinking this, but I've thought it an injustice almost all of my life.
Crying does nothing to solve the problem. Suppose I've lost my tools, I've lost my job, I'm almost broke, and my girlfriend broke up with me. How does crying find the solution to everything? For all I know, I could've found the solution during the time it took me to cry!
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The short answer is evolution. However, for more detail, see http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/men-women-different-brains.htm. Here's a quote from that article which begins to explain the answer... ---- In 2001, researchers from Harvard found that certain parts of the brain were differently sized in males and females, which may help balance out the overall size difference [men's brains are larger]. The study found that parts of the frontal lobe, responsible for problem-solving and decision-making, and the limbic cortex, responsible for regulating emotions, were larger in women. In men, the parietal cortex, which is involved in space perception, and the amygdala, which regulates sexual and social behavior, were larger. ---- (For those who may take offense at male brains being described as larger than those of females, it does NOT mean "bigger is smarter". That is also explained in the article.)