Weeping releases a chemical that reduces sexual arousal in men. The chemical releases a signal that says they are not interested in romance at the moment, which men instinctively respond to by shutting down feelings of arousal. To be specific, this refers to deeply emotional tears, not those caused by getting something in the eye, or a moderately sad movie.
Typically, those arousal-killing chemicals are only released during full emotional weeping. Neuroscientist Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, put together an experiment to test this. Sobel collected jars of tears from women and dipped pads in them.
They placed the pads under men's noses and showed them pictures of women. The men smelling tears rated the faces as less attractive when compared to men who did not smell tears. To support it scientifically, their testosterone levels were measured, and, not surprisingly, they dropped.
Monique van der Vorst, a 27-year-old from the Netherlands, was formerly a paralympian athlete as a hand cyclist. After a collision, when a bike hit van der Vorst, she ended up in the hospital and began to feel a tingling sensation in her legs. Slowly, she began regaining movement in her legs, and after many months of rehabilitation, she gained the ability to stand and walk for the first time in more than a decade!
Van der Vorst had been paralyzed since the age of 13. Before the accident that restored her ability to walk, van der Vorst was training to be a part of the 2012 Paralympics in London. Because she can now walk, she can no longer compete in the Paralympics as she had been training for, a career she misses.
Able-bodied, van der Vorst has worked hard to relearn how to ride a traditional bike. She has joined the Rabobank cycling team and is working hard to catch up to the other athletes on the team. It’s her goal to compete in the 2016 Olympics.