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we’re not still holding on to the “men shouldn’t cry” thing, right?  seems as archaic as women not being allowed to control their own bodies (ha).  i understand the need for defining some gender roles/traits.  however in doing so, we have to be careful not to step what should be universal human rights.

the man in the short film above never cries but in this case, it’s not because of any cultural stereotypes.  synopsis via director bradley jackson:

Ralph Winston has never cried; not when he was a baby, not when his heart was crushed by his high school sweetheart, not even when he first saw Steven Spielberg’s E.T. So when his father dies, Ralph – age 32 – decides to embark upon a true emotional journey with hopes to shed his first tear before the funeral – and before it’s not too late.

previously: i love you, will smith


the man who never cried


how do you measure love?  for the 1st annual love competition, the stanford center for cognitive and neurobiological imaging skipped words, actions and feelings in favor of a fmri.  7 contestants (a mix of men and women, ages 10-75) were given 5 minutes in the machine to love someone/something as hard as they can.  meanwhile, researchers tracked activity along the dopamine, seratonin & oxytocin/vasopressin pathways in their brains, which is believed to be a prime indicator of love.  the person with the most activity was the winner.

one of the best things about this doc (directed by brent hoff) is hearing the different kinds of love that the contestants were thinking about.  if you were competing, what love would you focus on?

the 1st annual love competition

03/11/12 2 Comments

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