The waste of speculation, air and print time on Hillary Clinton’s moment of emotion is as absurd, irrational, and downright stupid as humans can get. Yes, I am going to tell you what I really feel. Would it be possible to consider a few facts?
I think a few decades ago we figured out that laughing releases hormones that act like uppers. Endorphins make us happy and promote human bonding. We love them. Singing, lactation, orgasm and high risk experiences also do this. Hence the bonding of lovers, mothers and babes, soldiers, and singers. When this came out and I had processed it with my experience, my question was: What does crying do for us?
It was some years later when I saw a small article buried in the newspaper. Research had been done on the lubricating tears and crying tears to find out if they are different. This should come as no surprise. The tear fluid released when we are crying has stress hormones in it, lubricating tears do not.
Now let’s consider why women cry more than men. When an event triggers a stress reaction releasing those hormones, there are different ways they are used and gotten rid of by the body. Exercise is one. People who are heavily muscled and use them a lot can drop their stress hormones much faster. Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone also affect the stress hormones differently. A graph of the blood levels over time after the trigger event, shows a sharp drop off for men and a much more gradual one for women.
This creates a problem for women who may be only half way to getting the stress hormone level back to baseline before the next trigger occurs, sending their stress level even higher. Men have a lot of different reactions to women crying. The one I am especially sensitive to is when they know or sense that a woman is stressed out and proceed to yell at her, in derisive and derogatory ways – until she bursts into tears. Just adds so much to your self confidence when that happens. The kindness of it. 🙄
The first woman running for president who has a serious chance of making it had a pretty stressful week, following months, years and over a decade of more stress than the majority of us ever live with. That this is the first time she has ever done it speaks to her strength. That it happened in that situation speaks to the reality that all of us, at some point, reach that moment when we are not prepared.
IMO some of the comments deriding or disbelieving a completely natural and probable situation are another example of how incredibly foolish American voters can be when it comes to evaluating candidates.
I will caucus for Edwards or Obama in Febuary for several REASONS. I will vote for Hillary in November if she wins the nomination.