While critical masculinity studies has moved beyond the assumption of a single unified masculinity, most of the literature on men's emotional inexpressiveness
and its association with dominant forms of masculinity is premised on an unstated presumption of heterosexuality and whiteness.
It is well documented that in the general population women use counseling services more often than men do because of male socialization toward emotional inexpressiveness
and minimal self-disclosure (Snell, Hampton, & McManus, 1992).
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Engaging men in couples counseling: Strategies for overcoming ambivalence and inexpressiveness
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But despite some strikingly poetic moments--including a haunting shot of Johan driving at night, tears faintly visible on his face as he moves in and out of the shadows--it's generally difficult to get a read on how Johan or Esther are feeling, so intent is Reygadas on exploiting these nonactors for their full Kuleshovian inexpressiveness
The object's enigmatic inexpressiveness
serves as the very point of departure for the poem, eliciting the speaker's act of address.
Stanley Cavell says of melodrama that what it fears most of all is suffocation, "the terror of absolute inexpressiveness
," which paradoxically, he claims, "reveals itself as a terror of absolute expressiveness, unconditioned exposure." These are, he writes, "the extreme states of voicelessness," and are "the polar states expressed in the woman's voice in opera" (Tears 43).
Peyrol's observant but largely unreflective consciousness is the focalizer which produces a narrative acutely precise in outline, colored by the somewhat austere sedative of a seaman's inexpressiveness
. This is not the self-conscious skepticism about the efficacy of words themselves exhibited by Marlow, the teacher of languages or the variously disdainful or pitying narrative voices employed in The Secret Agent and Nostromo that express contempt and dismay for a suffering humanity "indigent in words" that yet finds itself "trusting in words of some sort." (1) It is perhaps a steady unemotionalism, "a stoical immediacy of a Hemingway or a Camus," as John Palmer suggests (253).
Des Esseintes' avoidance of society, his loathing for the language of the tribe, his gradual movement away from literature toward art's consummation as the perfection of the ineffable, signal an incorporation of the mother as her inexpressiveness
will show best the impossibility of a way out of language, because even when one sees oneself "rise and disappear," someone will inevitably be found, at "another place in the place where he sat" (115).
This marvelous quartet of Giselles was matched by the strong dancing of their Albrechts, although compared with their fervently naturalistic ballerinas, the acting of the men--like that of the two stalwart yet essentially boring Hilarions, Ilya Kuznetsov and Nikolai Godunov--appeared conventional to the point of inexpressiveness
, one in which I am not merely unknown, but in which I