Big eyed and beautiful (or Creepy but cute)

November 16, 2007

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According to Chris, some of his other fans are also attracted to those with enhanced ocularity (is that a word?).  See here:

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2 Responses to “Big eyed and beautiful (or Creepy but cute)”

  1. QuakerJono Says:

    My personal hero, Stephen Jay Gould, wrote a fun article on the infantilization of Mickey Mouse for Mickey’s 50th birthday. Gould notes that, over his 50 years of existence, Mickey’s appearance has slowly morphed from basically a beady-eyed rat to something more baby-like in appearance, with a larger head, smaller limbs and larger eyes. As his appearance softened into what people biologically recognize as a child, opinions of him improved and he became “cuter”. Actually, he just started triggering the biological response described by Konrad Lorenz to protect things with certain infantile characteristics.

    So yeah, there’s a biological basis for big eyes = cute.

  2. John in IL Says:

    I love all my smart readers.


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