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“One of the taboo male archetypes in our culture is the male martyr. I wonder if you have a bit of the macho male martyr in you, the one who sacrifices everything for others and then when he isn’t rewarded, cannot express his anger and disappointment, since he has been secretive about his expectations, or hasn’t even been aware of them himself. So he turns the anger inward and it becomes depression.

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“Why in such an enlightened society in some ways can we still be so backward about the human emotional life, especially the emotional lives of professional males?”

—Cary Tennis, “Since You Asked” (2 May 2013)

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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