Evaluating the Crying Double Standard in American Politics.
Hessekiel, Kira H.
- Today, many pundits and politicians alike argue that a crying double standard exists in contemporary politics, meaning that tears from men are perceived more positively than those from women. But is this claim true in the mind of the American voter, and if so, how does the context of the episode come into play? Through the analysis of data from a political psychology study of Tufts students as well ... read moreas four case studies of prominent politicians who have publicly shed tears in the past 40 years, this thesis seeks to understand the relationship between, gender, context and voter reaction to crying on the campaign trail. I divide political tears into two categories, the overly emotional (weeper) and the compassionate. While my hypotheses predict that female weeper candidates and male compassionate candidates will be rated more highly than their counterparts, my statistical analysis finds that men are actually punished for compassionate tears while women are not, and that weeper are equally disliked, regardless of gender.read less