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The art of the nappy

31st August 2009

Sam Leith’s amusing piece on the cultural penumbra of nappies (September) is essentially about the confusion generated in people’s minds—including, it seems, his own—by the use of the kinderschema. This is the phenomenon where the appearance of infant humans, indeed all mammals, differs from that of adults: bigger head relative to body, chubby roundedness, less protruding (snub) nose, large eyes, small mouth and so on. It gets the “ah how cute” reaction from adults and, most importantly, elicits caring. It has been used by makers of films,…

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