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Emotionality Sucks Ass

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I've noticed a weird tendency over the last four years.

I cry more.

I get choked up, too. I still don't like tear-jerkers, either. I mean things like Dr. Horrible and Iron Man, or TED talks about XRTB. Stuff that might be emotional... but, c'mon!~

I am enough of a sociologist to note that this is because I no longer have to "keep it together" 24/7 all the time. My norming community - such as it is - is changing to one more accepting of such gestures and expressions of emotion. This also happens a lot to guys when they retire; it's the force of the male gender role breaking down.

Guys are supposed to be emotionless - at least, as far as sadness goes. Rage is okay, but not much else. That kind of crappy stereotype sinks into your head - whether you consciously buy into it or not. How do I know? I never consciously bought into it. But apparently I did. So now I'm experiencing a level of emotionality I'm not used to, a frequency of emotionality I'm not used to. This is supposed to be liberating, empowering, and being a full human being.

I have one question.

How do I make it stop again?

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