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For crying out loud, Doug!

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Tennis star Roger Federer sheds tears of joy after winning the French Open in 2009.

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Tennis star Roger Federer sheds tears of joy after winning the French Open in 2009.

Doug Speirs' Oct. 5 Speiriscope column, Manly meltdowns, is sexist towards men because it reinforces the idea men are only "allowed to burst into tears" in times of tragedy, particularly related to sport.

Men are consistently considered weak or emasculated if they show emotion or any other characteristic deemed feminine. This column gives eight examples of times when it is acceptable for a man to cry, all of which have to do with sports.

The idea men are only allowed to cry in sporting situations contributes to society's ideas and beliefs that men are to be made of stone. Any man who dares to step outside of his emotional stereotype will be ridiculed for not being a "real man."

A man's "masculinity" should not be judged by his ability to stay emotionally composed in times of hardship or sadness. A man should be encouraged to show emotion in whichever form he deems suitable for the situation.

ALYSON SCHELLENBERG

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 9, 2013 A8

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