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September Article of the Month – Man, Weeping

http://aeon.co/magazine/society/is-there-anything-wrong-with-men-who-cry/

I know a lot about male tears. Four months back, my wife and I brought a little boy into the world. At this point, it is hard to say much about personality. Will he be the life of the party; will he prefer quite evenings walking on the beach; will he use GRE words in polite conversation? I’ll have to wait a bit. But one thing I can say for sure is he cries. A lot. (He also does have a ridiculously cute smile!).

Of course, all this crying makes sense given he’s barely four months old. But there will come a time when the little guy stops crying altogether. After all, grown men don’t cry. Or do they? Or, rather, did they? This insightful article explore why, about a couple hundred years back, there was a sudden cessation to weeping amongst the male species. What happened and why, and what should we do, are the three questions this article asks. (It ends up with an interesting pronouncement.) As for my little guy, I prefer the smile to tears and hope, when he is older, that he will not beat his chest and wail like Achilles.

So, this article is a little light on the vocab. Here are a few words, but I’m guessing if you are scoring above 155 you’ll recognize most of them. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure next month’s article is chock full of difficult words.

Grovels

Exhorting

Exaltation

Buoyant

Demonstratively

Forthcoming

Emulating

Elicit

 

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2 Responses to September Article of the Month – Man, Weeping

  1. KHUSHNOOD YOUSAF SANWAL February 7, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Great article Chris….Thanks 🙂
    My list of vocab is larger then mentioned :

    entrenched
    discreet
    discrepancy
    commonplace
    exaltation
    grovels
    drenched
    swooning
    eponymous
    innumerable
    blubbing
    snivelling
    monastic
    stoically
    contemplates
    buoyant
    drenched
    exhorting
    spake
    proponents
    exhorting
    lachrymal
    poker-faced
    elicit
    emulating

  2. Liz Tipton October 10, 2015 at 12:25 am #

    congratulations!! ^^


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