Posted at 1:00 PM Jun 24, 2009By Andrea Grimes
I'd suggest we alert the presses, but news of "scientific research" that supposedly shows women don't like, let alone love, ugly babies has taken off faster than Speidi searching out a photo op.
Like the Jezebel ladies, I am calling bullshit. Unlike the Jezebel ladies, I'm not sure this ridiculous bullshittery actually warrants several hundred words explaining why and how. Anyway, here's the AP nut:
"Puzzling new research suggests women have a harder time than men looking at babies with facial birth defects. It's a surprise finding. Psychiatrists from the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, who were studying perceptions of beauty, had expected women to spend more time than men cooing over pictures of extra-cute babies. Nope."Get it, it's puzzling because women LOVE babies! Something is weird about women who don't LOVE all babies! Nobody wonders why dudes might not want to look at a kid with a wonky eye, but man, there sure must be something wrong if a lady doesn't.
This very scientific study was done on 27 people who were shown pictures of ugly/abnormal (because apparently Down Syndrome is "ugly") babies. The time they spent looking at each picture was measured.
Waitwaitwaitwaitgobackforasecond. Twenty-seven-people. Did I read that right?
Sure did. A survey of 27 people says nothing. No-thing. Nothing about men, nothing about women, nothing other than somebody's really good at getting grants for crappy projects. How this thing came out of a Harvard-affiliated hospital, I don't know, but Jesus H., even I know better than to call a study of 27 people "science."