Microwave Pasta Bake and Crybaby Men

by Eden on October 18, 2011

In the past decade, its suddenly cool for men to be a little metrosexual. Men are esteemed for being sensitive, empathetic, and for expressing their emotions.

I know, Dawson. But Joey screws Tom Cruise now. Get over her.

As I demonstrated in this post, I know about “real men”. I know what it takes to be “macho”. I know that it must have something to do with NASCAR, wrestling a wolf, x-box, beer, and tits. (Not sure what I just described there….but you get the idea).

Ok, joking aside, men are indeed known as the less emotional sex. Of course, it’s not “wrong” for men to get emotional. From experience, I can tell you its so unhealthy to keep your feelings bottled up inside.

So when is it okay and when is it not ok for a man to cry?

Here’s my opinion (remember, take everything I write with a grain of kosher, pink, Himalayan, sea salt):

If a Loved One or Pet Dies: come on, your only human (as much as I’m sure you want to be a robot).

When You Didin’t Get That Promotion:  Are you wearing a dress?

When Your Children Are Born: MAYBE a tear or two, and semi-discretely. And it should be a tear of joy, so it’s cool.

When Someone is Mean To You or Calls You a Name: Actually, no. It is NOT ok to cry. And maybe you should have your ovaries checked…Actually, not even that, maybe you need to wait for your balls to drop.

 They CAN Cry While Watching Any of the Following Movies:

  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Old Yeller
  • Iron Giant
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Bambi


It's ok. Cry. I won't think you have a vagina.

In Baseball: You can’t cry here either. I don’t know why; I don’t make the rules

If Someone Performs A Non-Medical Procedure On Your Genitals: Suppose you were an asshole and cheated on your girlfriend with that young, hot, intern at your office. Hey, I get it. It happens! Anyhow, say your current girlfriend finds out and as you’re sleeping, she tries to do a vasectomy using those infomercial knives that cut through coke cans.

Then you can cry. Cry the fuck out.

To be honest, I think its fine if a guy a cries every now and then. It doesn’t mean he grew a uterus and it doesn’t mean he’s a pussy. We all need to cry sometimes. Its like farting.

Even if it is in baseball.

When do you think its ok/not ok for a man to cry? Do you think the same rules apply to women? When do you find yourself vulnerable to a good cry?

And now, I give you some food for a girl clearly lacking a man in her life.

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time with pasta cause I feel like I could eat the whole batch. So when I make it, I make one or two servings at a time. Speaking of time….I’m also super impatient. So impatient, that I never feel like busting out a pot and waiting for water to boil just to make a single serving of pasta for a meal for myself.

Here’s my solution: microwave pasta bake.

  • 2-4oz bow tie pasta (this depends on how hungry I am.  2 oz is about 1/2 cup dry pasta)
  • hand full of veggies of choice (in this case, I used frozen broccoli, fresh carrots, and cabbage)
  • a couple spoonfuls of your favorite pasta sauce
  • parmesan cheese or cheese of choice on top
  • basil (optional garnish on top)

To make the pasta, Place pasta in a microwaveable, shallow dish. Pour in hot water and add salt. Cook in center of oven, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir. Cook for 3 minutes more. Now pile in the veggies and and sauce

and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Top with cheese and put it back in for about a minute or two or until the cheese melts . Finish with some basil.

No sharing required.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Thoa October 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Great recipe! I’m definitely going to try this tonight! (^^)v

And I actually find it endearing when guys cry cuz they choose their moments very well.


sophia October 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

The only time my dad cried was when I was being an anorexic bitch. It scared the hell out of me.
My brother cried a lot when he was young. Most of it was because I hit him/punched him/pinched him/stole his cookie. Once I cracked his head with a shower head. He also once cried because my dad swung him up onto a tree to take a picture. The picture has me laughing gleefully next to him on the tree while he boo-hooed.

Okay, I’m a horrible sister. That should be a good enough reason to cry, vagina or not.

I cry quite a lot, usually when I’m overwhelmed with emotions.


Eden October 19, 2011 at 6:59 am

your not a horrible sister. the fact that you laughed is WHY you are his sister.


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) October 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

Bahaha dad tossing a small child up a tree- that’s fricken hilarious!!! (I won’t call child services, I promise!)


Cammy October 19, 2011 at 2:17 am

My dad is a military officer, about as macho as they come, and only time I’ve seen him cry, like Sophia mentioned, was when I was being totally obstinate about my eating disorder….and the day I finally told my parents I was going to get professional help for it.

As for my boyfriend, he cried when I tried to break up with him last year (I didn’t succeed, obviously, apparently I’m a sucker for Man Tears). Also, we live 12 hours apart and only visit one long weekend a month, and occasionally he cries when I leave, but not every time; I still haven’t figured out what it is about a parting that determines whether the waterworks comes on or not. The first time he cried in front of me he was mortified, but I actually think it’s sweet that he shows he cares that much.

So I think I largely agree with the criteria above as being the most expected/socially acceptable occasions for a man to cry, but there are probably lots of other individual situations where I wouldn’t think it odd.


Eden October 19, 2011 at 6:58 am

there are situations I think its odd for women to cry too. But if she’s on her period or pregnant, all bets are off. Let her bawl.


Cameo October 19, 2011 at 3:22 am

I think there is a time and a place for everyone to have a good cry, male or female! I think we can all be big babies sometimes and part of being a grown up is knowing when crying is appropriate.

When men are referred to as bitches, women, having a vagina, or anything having to do with being a women, as an insult, it sets us back on all the progress we have made as women! It’s one of my latent feminist pet-peeves.

I love you anyway!


Eden October 19, 2011 at 6:57 am

you know this post was sarcastic.
yea, you know. ;)


Cameo October 19, 2011 at 7:28 am

Yeah, just sayin. I also woke up with no sense of humor today.


Susan October 19, 2011 at 4:05 am

It’s so weird! I find crying about animals endearing, but crying about sports (or sports movies) to be a major turn-off. I wonder why that is.

About pasta, I know the “serving size” is two ounces, but I never knew how much that was! I just poured straight from the box like dad did. So a serving is only half a cup dry? That doesn’t seem like a lot!


Eden October 19, 2011 at 6:56 am

yea, crying about sport leaves a terrible taste in my mouth. Its at par with crying because someone cut you off in traffic.


Eden October 19, 2011 at 6:57 am

Well, thats what the box “says” but tot be honest, for me its more like 4oz


Susan October 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

Yeah, 2oz. wouldn’t work for me.

Wait, people cry over traffic?!


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) October 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

This is why carbophobes/volume eaters like myself have a hard time with pasta- a half a cup is so tiny- it would never fill me up. THat’s where an 18-wheeler filled with veggies comes in.


lindsay October 19, 2011 at 5:20 am

LOL! my hubs would say that these men are “soft.” I think its a kiwi thing. I’ve seen him cry once, and it was well worth the cry (tear). Oh and who doesn’t cry in Bambi? I mean thats just wrong.


Eden October 19, 2011 at 6:55 am

I cried in The Lion King too. I have this thing for cats…


Laura October 19, 2011 at 6:03 am

My boyfriend cries watching Forrest Gump, too. I think it’s kind of cute :)


Eden October 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

Yes, that movie is an acceptable one to cry in. Crying watching “Titanic” is another story…


Brooklyn @ Veggie Table October 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

My husband sheds a tear every time I place my latest vegetarian-tofu-cauliflower-pea creation in front of him for dinner. And it’s most definitely not a “happy tear” :)


Katy October 19, 2011 at 7:11 am

I think my opinion on men crying (endearing or not) varies according to MY moods. Is it fair, probably not. Is it going to keep happening? I’m sure of it.


Carly October 19, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’d be happy if my boyfriend cried watching baseball just so I knew he was capable. I might just need you to write a list of acceptable reasons for a girl to cry so I can get my prescription of man the fuck up.


Kristina @ spabettie October 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

Jason doesn’t really cry – he’s a tough midwestern boy. that’s okay, I cry enough for both of us… sweet commercials with animals, the star spangled banner (yep, I’m one of those), I cry for happy, sad, inspirational and patriotic. :D


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) October 19, 2011 at 9:28 am

I willfully admit that I roared with laughter on so many parts of this post- too many to mention one by one. Derek doesn’t cry often, but he does pick his moments appropriate enough for me not to accuse him of vagina flappage.

I didn’t know that men cry in sports—really? I honestly had no idea.

Funny post, Eden. A winner.


Mimi (Gingersnaps) October 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

Lol, I agree with your list!

I’ve never seen my dad cry. Well, a teensy bit at his mom’s funeral, but that’s it. And he’s not hypermasculine at all and much more of a laid-back, intellectual type. Just not a crier. As such, I get really weirded out when I see guys cry. I don’t think it’s cute and sensitive I react more like…well like a dude when his girlfriend starts randomly crying. I’m not “EWW!” but I’m thinking “WTF?!”

I used to cry a lot because I was an emotional pansy. I grew out of it, except for one thing that’ll set me off like no one’s business: feeling totally helpless. Wowza PMS is in the house.


Kerryne October 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

That recipe is right up my alley, super easy! I will have to give it a try. I once dated a guy who cried more than I did. Over everything. At first I thought it was kind of…. sweet? And then it got really old… really really old.


Colleen October 19, 2011 at 11:20 am

How much water do you put in with the pasta (or should I just have my boyfriend cry into the dish?)


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

You forgot about Marley and Me. I saw it in the theater, and have never seen so many grown men cry in my life.
Seriously, you’d have to be made out of steel not to cry at that one.


Kris October 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

oh, GOSH Lauren that’s a good one! I am pretty sure Jason had something in his eye…


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

I was sitting in between my husband and a big frat-boy type when I saw it. Both were crying (the frat boy crying A LOT) and of course, I was SOBBING. UGH! I can’t watch that movie ever again!!


MelissaNibbles October 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I love your single serving pot! Where can I acquire such a thing?!


Eden October 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Pier 1! And only three bucks!


janetha October 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

marshall is a bawl baby. i have cried at ONE movie (marley and me) and he cries at commercials.


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

Marley and Me KILLS ME. I can’t watch it. I don’t ever want to think about my babies passing away!


Tara @ Sweat like a Pig October 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I cry during nearly every movie I watch. Seriously. I’ve only ever seen my husband cry once, and that’s when he thought I was very sick (turns out, it was a false diagnosis!). I’m disappointed that neither of us cried on our wedding day, although I think it’s because we talked about the fact that we were both probably going to cry so much that led to us not shedding a single tear!


Cait @ Cait hates Cake October 20, 2011 at 7:14 am

Wanna make a man cry? Turn on The Field of Dreams and fast forward to the line “Hey…Dad. You wanna have a catch?”


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

Oh, that picture of Dawson brings back many memories … the hubby and I used to watch that show together when we first met.

I don’t cry very often, but I am not afraid to cry. I think it is okay for men to cry, but not if someone calls them a name … it has to be something major.


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