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    Men Do Cry - All Over the World

    LONDON (Reuters) - British men are abandoning their stiff upper lips but still do not wear their hearts on their sleeves like Americans, a new survey showed on Tuesday.

    When it comes to raw emotion, the once buttoned-up Brits are now happy to shed tears quite openly -- but Italians can still "out-sob" them.

    "Thirty percent of all British males have cried in the last month. That is a very high figure," said Peter Marsh, director of the Social Issues Research Center which took the emotional temperature of Britain.


    "Only two percent said they could not remember when they last cried," the head of the independent research group said.


    Long gone is the "No Tears -- We're British" era when emotion was considered distinctly bad form.


    "In our poll of 2,000 people, very few people in their forties or fifties had seen their father cry. Now it is twice as many," he told Reuters. "Seventy-seven percent of men considered crying in public increasingly acceptable."

    Almost half the British men opened the floodgates over a sad movie, book or TV program. Self-pity got 17 percent crying. Nine percent sobbed at weddings.

    "You can see what is happening over the generations. Role models burst into tears at the drop of a hat -- people like (England soccer captain) David Beckham with his New Man image.

    "He had a little cry when he took his son Brooklyn to school for the first time," Marsh said.

    Women's battle for equal rights has certainly had an effect -- both in the workplace and at home.


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    Outrageous

    Disgraceful behaviour, what ahppened to the Stiff upper lip ?
    We didn't create an empire by blubbing all the time. Now if we were talking about the French I could understand it

    'England confides that every man will do his duty'".

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    Personally I hate to see a man cry... I watched Oprah the other day and John Travolta was on. They brought out some firefighter/hero guys and John started crying... nose running the whole works...

    being soft hearted is one thing.. I like that... but the blubbering has to stop