oooh, shiny!
socimages:

Cuteness inspired aggression is widespread.
By Lisa Wade, PhD
Don’t you want to pinch it and squeeze it and bite its little face off!?
You’re not alone.
Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon, graduate students in psychology, brought subjects into a lab, handed them a fresh sheet of bubble wrap, and exposed them to cute, funny, and neutral pictures of animals.  Those who saw the cute ones popped significantly more bubbles than the others.
Cute things make us aggressive!  It’s why we say things like: “I just wanna eat you up!” and why we have to restrain ourselves from giving our pets an uncomfortably tight hug.
Which one do you want to hurt the most!?

An aggressive response to cuteness, it appears, it “completely normal.”
The authors suggest that humans non-consciously balance extreme emotions with one from the other side of the spectrum to try to maintain some control and balance.  This, Aragon explains at her website, may be why we cry when we’re really happy and laugh at funerals.
In the meantime, if this makes you want to inflict some serious squishing, know that you’re in good company.

All pictures from Cute Overload.
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Relevant.

socimages:

Cuteness inspired aggression is widespread.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

Don’t you want to pinch it and squeeze it and bite its little face off!?

You’re not alone.

Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon, graduate students in psychology, brought subjects into a lab, handed them a fresh sheet of bubble wrap, and exposed them to cute, funny, and neutral pictures of animals.  Those who saw the cute ones popped significantly more bubbles than the others.

Cute things make us aggressive!  It’s why we say things like: “I just wanna eat you up!” and why we have to restrain ourselves from giving our pets an uncomfortably tight hug.

Which one do you want to hurt the most!?

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An aggressive response to cuteness, it appears, it “completely normal.”

The authors suggest that humans non-consciously balance extreme emotions with one from the other side of the spectrum to try to maintain some control and balance.  This, Aragon explains at her website, may be why we cry when we’re really happy and laugh at funerals.

In the meantime, if this makes you want to inflict some serious squishing, know that you’re in good company.

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All pictures from Cute Overload.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Seriously, women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar, but own only 36% as much wealth – and the wealth gap between men and women has widened even as the income gap slowly narrows. Women who never married own 6 percent of the wealth of their bachelor brothers. It gets worse: black and Latino never-married women own a penny for every dollar of wealth controlled by men of their race. And of course, women make up almost two out of three adults living in poverty. Since the capacity to make big political donations is a factor of having disposable wealth, not just income, the wealth gap between men and women is the crucial factor behind the donor gap. That’s the main reason “why women don’t give.”
livinghypocrisy:

xensin:

LOOK AT ITS LITTLE DOUBLE CHIN

oh. my. god.


#gpoy

livinghypocrisy:

xensin:

LOOK AT ITS LITTLE DOUBLE CHIN

oh. my. god.

#gpoy

awwww-cute:

Today my boyfriend bought a label maker

awwww-cute:

Today my boyfriend bought a label maker

sapphicscience:

this is a good time to note that if you don’t think trans women are women i’d like you to get the fuck away from my blog

other-bronte:

fats:

oeuniverse:

In order to become the supreme adult, you must perform the seven wonders:

  • Public speaking
  • Not being afraid of teenagers
  • Calling the doctor yourself
  • Taxes
  • Arguing without crying
  • Having a normal sleep pattern
  • Having an answer to the question ‘what do you want to do with your life?’

arguing without crying gets me every god damned time

I am INCAPABLE of arguing without crying. 

I think I get extra adult points because I called my doctor *and* argued without crying.

astrorium:

better stock up


Crap,  is that what I’ve been out of this entire time?

astrorium:

better stock up

Crap, is that what I’ve been out of this entire time?

other-bronte:

stupidchristricks:

wordscanbesexy:

absinthecocktail:

lesfemmesreve:

teallikethecolor:

cythesomething:

citadelbloodbeard:

tecaisamused:

sailormerry:

theacheofmodernism:

GUYS I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING

lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Lolololol



what. 

Oh my god, it’s happening already.

noooo we’re oold.

I am seriously struck speechless by this. What? Why?

hahahahahaha


Someone who seriously doesn’t understand the 90’s

I know, right? Like, sorry, kid, but I have some really bad news for you about the belly tops and the music…

*shows Daria to the OP*

other-bronte:

stupidchristricks:

wordscanbesexy:

absinthecocktail:

lesfemmesreve:

teallikethecolor:

cythesomething:

citadelbloodbeard:

tecaisamused:

sailormerry:

theacheofmodernism:

GUYS I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING

lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Lolololol

what. 

Oh my god, it’s happening already.

noooo we’re oold.

I am seriously struck speechless by this. What? Why?

hahahahahaha

Someone who seriously doesn’t understand the 90’s

I know, right? Like, sorry, kid, but I have some really bad news for you about the belly tops and the music…

*shows Daria to the OP*

loveartlust:

"Only great passions can elevate the soul to great heights"

Another set from Film-God and Grace Teicu. I am elated to be their piece of art!!

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