The XX Factor

Why Do Women Cry?

Apparently, anything from “Sudden Rains” to “Gaining Weight” can get a woman’s waterworks going. And then, of course, there are the tears of laughter. Via the blog “Easily Mused” comes this hilarious little bit of kitsch: “Why Chicks Cry.”

The series of 66 panels from early 20 th century comic books features women in various stages of crying their eyes out, paired with attempts to infer, Jeopardy-style, what’s behind the blubbering. Check them all out-you won’t be disappointed.

Clearly, the project seems to be mocking its distraught, two-dimensional subjects, whose sobbing motivations seem to fall into one of three categories:

Woman problems : “Gaining weight,” “Being rejected,” “Loving Dick too much.”

Natural disasters : “Ants,” “Fear of leaves,” “Snowflakes” and “Sudden Rains”

Existential Ennui : “Disillusionment,” “Indecision,” “Foolish, Shallow Dreams”

In a metaphysical twist, one of the sobbing women is pictured clutching some pulp fiction of her own, which prompts the caption “Reading romance comics.” (Apparently, they’ll get you every time.)

But what about having to tolerate the rude questions of Senators Jeff Sessions, Orrin Hatch and Lindsey Graham? Having watched hours and hours of judge Sonia Sotomayor’s grilling before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I want to cry for her.

Happily, I suppose, she’s evidence that today’s women are made of tougher stuff.