Larry Mantle |

Reading others' tears

Friday morning on AirTalk, we considered crying and how it’s perceived across gender lines.

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wept when accepting the gavel from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  It was the third time he’d cried publicly – including his 60 Minutes interview and his emotional response to GOP election night wins last November.

Researchers in Israel also released a study on Thursday that showed men’s sexual attraction toward women decreased when exposed to women’s tears.  The big question is why.

That led us to a fun conversation with listeners about whether men and women respond differently to crying from the other gender.

I’d love to read your thoughts about the topic.

As for myself, I went through all of my teen years without shedding a tear.  I look back on that with astonishment, given how I now cry when I’m deeply moved. Fortunately, that’s never happened on air or in the office, as I think it would get in the way of my ability to do my job.  I’m not a crying multi-tasker. 

Where do you feel comfortable crying and where not?