Big Hair Plus Big Airs Need No Standard-sizing

24 07 2007

Apply “Hairspray” for a firm hold on your non-standard look:

“I actually enjoy being in the position I’m in, because being on the red carpet and not looking like the other four girls next to me kind of makes me feel good about myself. It almost gives me a little more confidence, my size and my stature….”


Unschooled Favorite Daughter says the same thing here:

I’ve survived spending almost every day with people who challenge my physical self-esteem.

Allow me to explain: I dance. . .

Supposedly simple and objective, inoffensive size standards can confound our best intentions — see “Large Dogs Welcome” and the reports of research correlating size, looks and success in all fields, not just entertainment :

There is a correlation, say the [University of Miami] researchers, between professional success and men’s height, professional success and women’s looks. . .

But these statistics need some psychological interpretation. It’s obvious that taller men are no more competent but are they not, as a general rule, more confident? And is that not also true of better-looking women?. . .beauty is not in the eye of the beholder as much as in the mind of, as it were, the beholden. Therefore, the research is valid but not in the way the researchers think.

Non-standard thinking presents similar challenges to non-standard looks. Are there Hairspray-like fixatives for intellectual confidence too? (The government-issue generics don’t do a THING for me!)



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26 07 2007

Remember all our discussion applying systems theory to human networking, at NHEN and here? We were ahead of our time!

Human or bonobo, it’s the culture stupid? This also might fit with evidence that the single best predictor of school success is family and neighborhood demographics. JJ

Obesity Spreads In Social Circles As Trends Do, Study Indicates
By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 26, 2007; A01

Obesity appears to spread from one person to another like a virus or a fad, researchers reported yesterday in a first-of-its-kind study that helps explain — and could help fight — one of the nation’s biggest public health problems.

The study, involving more than 12,000 people tracked over 32 years, found that social networks play a surprisingly powerful role in determining an individual’s chances of gaining weight . . .

“People are more likely to copy the actions of people they resemble,” Christakis said. “What we think is going on here is emulation.”

26 07 2007

Wait — does that mean the movie Hairspray itself, might spread the scourge??

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