I discovered this article while cruising around online this afternoon: Your Child is Beautiful–What is a Parent to Do?
*Mothers are more likely to be more attentive toward a beautiful infant.
*Children who are attractive are perceived as having more positive virtues.
*Even people who knows a child intimately will judge them differently if they are unattractive.
It’s disturbing but not surprising that appearance is such a huge factor even for infants and children, long before they are aware of society’s obsession with looks. It’s particularly disturbing that attractive babies receive more attention from their mothers (no data on fathers, I suppose. Typical.) I’m sure people are barely aware of their bias or behavior when children are involved, especially their own. It is sad that such a shallow message is delivered to children so young.
What are your thoughts or opinions on this? Is an emphasis on appearance so extensive that we actually tend less to children we don’t view as attractive?