“When a young boy is hit by another boy on the playground he can do three things.

1. Hit back. ( Be seen as aggressive. )
2. Proclaim ” That didn’t hurt! ” ( Be seen as strong. )
3. Cry or run away. ( Be seen as a wimp. )

Young boys who do not want to be viewed as either aggressive or a wimp choose action two: “That didn’t hurt.” They deny their pain and do not complain. So what will they do when a girl on the playground hits them?

Males are trained from an early age to suppress and ignore their pain, both physical and emotional. When they suppress their pain it is considered a sign of strength.

The US Marines state: Pain is weakness leaving the body.