by David Pogue
“A little boy sees a bald man in the store. ‘Mommy, look! That man has no hair!’ he says.
“His mother grabs his arm and whispers urgently: ‘Be quiet! He might hear you!’
“The boy looks at his mother, puzzled. ‘Doesn’t he know?’
There’s a lot going on in that old joke — about children and novelty, about unusual looks, about parenting and tact.
“At the end of the previous ‘Crowdwise,’ I invited people who describe themselves as looking different — people who are very large or small, who are visibly disabled, who have distinctive features — to share their thoughts with the public. How should strangers react? Look away? Smile? Is it O.K. to ask questions?”
Here’s another article related to the differences and embracing them: “Body Image: Don’t Believe Everything You Think.”