Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What Madame G. Contemplates, From Her Pedestal

from a New York Times article on cuteness, by Natalie Angier:

"The human cuteness detector is set so low, researchers said, that it deems cute practically anything remotely resembling a human baby or a part thereof, and so it ends up including the young of almost every mammalian species; fuzzy-headed birds like Japanese cranes; wooly bear caterpillars; a bobbing balloon; even a :-) typed in succession.

The greater the number of cute cues that an animal or object possesses, or the more exaggerated the signals may be, the louder and more italicized are the squeals provoked.

Cuteness is distinct from beauty, researchers say, emphasizing rounded over sculpted, soft over refined, clumsy over quick.

Beauty attracts admiration and demands a pedestal; cuteness attracts attention and demands a lap. Beauty is rare and brutal, despoiled by a pimple. Cuteness is commonplace and generous."


Blogger TJ said...

Ahhhhhhhh.. Cute is good. Beautiful is over rated and gorgous is all that glitters.
It is best one stays clear of glamour magazines...

8:56 PM  
Blogger sunflowerkat said...

Cuteness lives on the surface. Real beauty comes from the spirit.

Cuteness DOES have it's place. It can be quite a pick-me-up when things are dull and grey.

2:58 AM  
Blogger mnchickluvsocc/Brandie said...

Ahh..but cuteness is good in all forms if you ask me. ;-) Cuteness was "invented" for a reason. Did you know that there is a theory that babies (both human and animal) were "made" to be cute so that we would love them all the more. It is supposed to nurture our instinct to care for them.

On a personal note however cuteness got me out of many a sticky and troublesome situation during my younger, wilder days.LOL

Interesting, the article talks about cuteness and beauty aesthetically. But can't cuteness or beauty also come about in our personalities? Something to think about I suppose. :)



8:51 AM  

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