Flip Huston’s song “Boys Don’t Cry” is a powerful exploration of the impact of toxic masculinity on mental health, particularly concerning suicidal thoughts and depression. Through his lyrics, Huston delves into how societal expectations around masculinity can often leave men feeling trapped, unable to express their emotions, or seek help when they are struggling.
Toxic masculinity is a term used to describe harmful behaviors and attitudes associated with traditional stereotypes of masculinity. These can include a tendency to repress emotions, a belief that strength and dominance are the only acceptable traits for men, and a reluctance to seek help when struggling with mental health issues.
In “Boys Don’t Cry,” Huston describes the isolation and despair that can come from feeling trapped by these expectations. He talks about the pressure to appear strong and stoic, even when dealing with intense pain and sadness.
This pressure to suppress emotions can have serious consequences for mental health. Men are less likely than women to seek help for mental health issues, and suicide rates are higher among men. In the song, Huston touches on dealing with suicidal thoughts and depression.
However, “Boys Don’t Cry” is a song of hope and resilience. Huston speaks to the importance of not giving up. He tells his listeners to “keep your head held high and stay focused; this will all change at any moment. Keep going.”
The song is a reminder that it is okay to be vulnerable and to seek help when struggling with mental health. It is a call to break free from harmful stereotypes and find a path toward healing and self-acceptance. “Boys Don’t Cry” is a powerful statement about addressing toxic masculinity and its impact on mental health.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please know that you are not alone. It is important to seek help and support. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential support 24/7 to anyone in crisis or distress. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained counselor.