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Is there an appeal to vulnerability?

A new study indicates that tears shed by women as a result of sadness do not tend to elicit sympathy and an urge to protect, as some previous research had suggested.

But in politics, poetry and elsewhere, moments of vulnerability are often believed to do just that. Political moments such as Hillary Clinton's tears during the 2008 primaries or Richard Nixon's "Checkers" speech come to mind.

So, what do you think: can expressions of vulnerability carry an appeal?

By Jon DeNunzio  |  January 6, 2011; 12:30 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I can honestly say that Boehner's tears do not make him appealing in any shape or form.

Posted by: pnwmainah1 | January 6, 2011 8:35 PM

Boehner was caught crying yesterday. He had apparently dropped a fresh bottle of Crown Royal and cut his tongue while licking it off the floor.

Posted by: veerle1 | January 6, 2011 9:16 PM

Frankly, criers just p*ss me off!

Posted by: veerle1 | January 6, 2011 9:18 PM

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