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In short, it depends on how feminine you want your character to be. The average man will not "blink back tears" often and usually tend towards anger or another irrational emotion instead. Washing tears away is okay, if he gets angry afterward. A more masculine character would lead towards anger of discovering an affair then sadness. In other words, crying ...


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I was going to add this as a comment, as it involves responding to another comment you have made on the answer of @Snarkeet, but it ended up being quite long, so I'll try to flesh it out into a proper answer. You should not be surprised that your female beta reader understands less how a male character would act when they're alone. You can't expect a female ...


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Honestly, haven't we already had more than enough macho, tough-guy characters who are too strong and silent to express their emotions? In my opinion, that kind of character has become a cliche. Men in fiction are emotionally stunted and are only allowed to show aggression and pride. They can get mad, they can break things, they can hit people, but they can't ...



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