Sunday, April 27, 2008

weepy women

Women and tears.
A powerful combination, they say.

"Oh! Too convincing – dangerously dear – in woman's eye the unanswerable tear!" wrote English bard Lord Byron in 'The Corsair'.

Consider Hillary Clinton's teary-eyed interview after a 'poor third' showing at the Ohio primary (see pic below).

The result was an unexpected turnaround in New Hampshire where voters gave her a much-needed lead against closest male rival Barack Obama.

It's also interesting how a crying scene almost assures a nominated actress of an Oscar. While she was lauded for her performances as a homicidal bitch in 'To Die For' (1995) and a singing goddess in 'Moulin Rouge' (2001), it was only after shedding one fabulously orchestrated tear in 'The Hours' (2002) that the Academy handed Nicole Kidman (below) her first golden statue.

Most powerful of all are tears of the Divine. A statue of the Blessed Virgin (below) that 'wept blood' drove thousand of pious pilgrims to the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church in Sacramento, California. Check out this story and 25 other reports of crying statues and icons in recent years at

I wonder, if men cried more, would people be just as sympathetic? Now that might be a different story. :-)

(Top) The crying Dawn Be@rbrick is based on a character created by American comic book artist Joseph Michael Lisner. Dawn (below), the 'goddess of birth and rebirth', is a young, red-haired woman with three tears running from her left eye.

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