Here is truly shocking news — men tend to react to women’s tears with a decrease in libido.
What amazing research!
A team of Israeli researchers believes that tears, in addition to everything else they convey, send a sexual message that can be summarized as: “Now’s not a good time.” In a study published online Thursday by the journal Science, the researchers report that men who sniff tears cried by sad women experience a temporary decline in both sexual arousal and circulating testosterone, a hormone tied to libido.
Each woman chose a movie to elicit crying, watching it in private and collecting her own tears. By far the most successful tear-inducer was the dying scene in “The Champ,” a 1979 film starring Jon Voight about an over-the-hill boxer making a comeback in order to provide a better future for his son, whom he is raising on his own.
“That scene is a winner,” Sobel said. “Emotion labs all over the world use it to establish sad mood.”
Other reliable tear-jerkers were the Italian film “La Vita E’ Bella” (“Life Is Beautiful”), “Terms of Endearment,” “When a Man Loves a Woman” and the Israeli movie “Broken Wings.”