The Art of Manliness points out that the stoic, dry-eyed male is actually a relatively new invention historically: even Jesus wept.
Up through the Romantic Era....Tears were seen as proof of a man’s sincerity, honesty, and integrity.
During the Victorian Era, those virtues thought to be exclusively feminine in nature were celebrated. Women were seen as dainty and fragile, full or emotion and love. Tears have always had a vulnerable and submissive quality to them, and began to be seen as more befitting a woman than a man. As the 20th century emerged, the ideal of the tearless male emerged with it.