Apparently, men don’t like it when women cry. But that is not because they are cruel or heartless. It is because they want to get busy. Researchers from Israel conducted a study in which they tested the effects of women’s tears on the opposite sex. The findings, which were published last week in the journal Science, indicate that when men are in the presence of a woman who is crying their ability to become sexually aroused is lessened. You can read more about the study here.
All of this got me thinking about…crying, of course. Is there a pattern to my own weeping? Events, or occurrences that always make my lower lip quiver? In a Pavlov’s dog kind of way? Absolutely.
Guaranteed to make me boo-hoo:
~News clips that show members of the military returning home and surprising their family (especially if children are involved). Doesn’t matter that I know what is coming, doesn’t matter that I don’t know the people involved. I. Always. Cry.
~Watching other people become parents. Anytime a birth is shown on TV and the new parents start crying, I do too.
~The sight of U.S. Olympic hockey team goalie Jim Craig looking for his father after the Miracle on Ice. This happened over thirty years ago, but you wouldn’t know it by the way I react. Jim Craig wanting to connect with his father immediately after victory makes me bawl–even today.
~The final scene of a TV show that I love.
~Watching U.S. Olympic athletes being awarded the gold medal while the Star Spangled Banner is being played. I don’t usually tear up when I hear the national anthem. As a matter of fact, I have been known to scream the line: “Home of the brave” adding an “s” if my favorite baseball team is about to take the field. So the anthem itself doesn’t automatically turn me into jello. Mix it with the Olympics, however, and I cry.
~Stories that involve a dying or injured animal always reduce me to tears. Sadly, this includes stuffed animals such as the Velveteen Rabbit and animated characters like Bambi’s mom.
I had no business watching Old Yeller. None, I tell you.
How about you? Is there something that always makes you weep? And do you think the results of the study are correct? Is crying a turnoff?