This is a post I made on tbn about five years ago...but for some reason I thought about it today, and I was curious to see what the reaction here would be.
I was kind of thinking about stuff and I was intrigued by the whole idea of “cuteness”. Whether we like to admit it or not, everybody finds something cute. I mean, be it furry little animals, babies, objects, designs, or even actions, people often talk about things being cute. Hell, even now it’s used along with ideas of people being attractive or hot or something…a lot of times girls call boys cute as a sign of being attracted to them, and guys do the same with girls.
So I was thinking…why do we find things cute, and why is it a good thing? What’s appealing about something or someone being cute?
I guess a lot of it comes down to innocence. When you find someone, like an animal or a baby, oftentimes it’s cute because it’s good hearted and has no harm or evil in it. Even if it’s just because they don’t understand, they don’t really do anything with bad intentions. And I think we find that appealing.
And maybe some of it is our own pride. We may get joy out of our knowledge over a baby or animal who doesn’t understand stuff. We like how they can get joy or sorrow from such simplicity, because they don’t understand the things we do. Or maybe because we’re in control, and we take pity, and we like that…I don’t know, I’m just throwing out ideas here.
So I guess I’ll ask everyone…what do you find cute? Whether you feel silly or not, what just makes you like something so much just because it’s simply so cute?
I’m also interested in why people find other people they’re attracted to to be “cute”. How is it different than “attractive” or “hot” or “sexy”?
For me, I don’t find real babies cute, but I do find some little kids to be cute (for some reason, boys often strike me as cuter than girls…I think just because it seems more natural for girls to be cute, and they kind of keep it as they grow up, whereas boys don’t, at least to me). I also find Precious Moments babies in drawings to be cute for whatever reason…I don’t know why, a lot of people find them weird or creepy. Just about any furry baby animal (and oftentimes some grown ones) I find very cute as well.
Being an AB, I also really like the idea of being cute myself. It’s one of those things that I hate but also love at the same time. I guess it depends on who’s calling me cute, too...when an old lady does I hate it but when a pretty girl does it’s really cool. It’s also confusing to me because I’ve heard girls call my physical features cute (though I can’t ever rememeber being called “hot” or “sexy”), and other times they’ve found my actions cute…like in a little kid way. Even though it can be embarrassing, I really like that idea…it’s like a guilty pleasure.
Also, it gets under my skin when a math or science teacher calls a little trick or method “cute”. I don’t know why, but that bothers me so much…it’s like, it just doesn’t fit at all to me. Sometimes it happens when someone calls a joke cute too.
So what about you guys? What’s your take on all of this?