Men are not to be told anything they might find too painful; the secret depths of human nature, the sordid physicalities, might overwhelm or damage them. For instance, men often faint at the sight of their own blood, to which they are not accustomed. For this reason you should never stand behind one in the line at the Red Cross donor clinic.
Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), Canadian novelist, poet, critic. "Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother," Close Company: Stories of Mothers and Daughters, eds. Christine Park and Caroline Heaton (1987).