According to a 2011 study titled “Culture and Crying: Prevalences and Gender Differences,” men cry less than women. That isn’t at all surprising, but the gap in frequency is alarming: while women cry anywhere from 30 to 64 times a year, men shed tears just five to 17 times.
There is some research suggesting testosterone inhibits crying, but researchers largely agree that the human desire to cry isn’t gendered, it’s just encouraged or discouraged based on the level of emotional expression a community (your family, your school, your country) allows. For far too long, men have been taught to suppress their tears, to project self-reliance and stoicism. At a biochemical level, though, this approach is bad for the body and brain.