April 5, 2017
Our particular cultural moment is favoring puppies over babies.
the dog gets more attention and questions asked about it than the most adorable baby girl on planet earth (yes, I know I’m not objective, but still, she’s a baby!). Clearly I’m not the only person noticing that our particular cultural moment is favoring puppies over babies. The top-grossing movie in the country this week promotes a similar message: the plot of Dreamworks’ animated film Boss Baby centers around a cynical baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) who is sent on a mission by his corporate bosses at “Baby Co.” to figure out why puppies are getting more love than human babies. Why Subaru Thinks Puppies are the Same as Babies - Acculturated
Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 5, 2017 8:14 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
Puppies give 'them' the cute of babies and the cooing of others ("It's a precious puppy, yes it is. Puppy woves its mommy.") but without all that drippage, diaper spread, and need for care that interfere with the power-skirt life.
When so much of the culture sees developing babies as mere tissue, puppies are more to be valued.
Posted by: Lance de Boyle at April 5, 2017 9:11 AM
"rescue dog" - just virtue signaling all the way down.
Posted by: DrTedNelson at April 5, 2017 10:56 AM
I rest my case.
As I stated previously, when the Apocalypse comes I'm going to eat those yuppies. When they're gone, I'm going to eat their dogs.
Posted by: edadd at April 5, 2017 6:20 PM
I love the babies in carriages, grocery carts, diner baby high chairs; it gives me a chance to catch the baby's attention and bubble my cheeks, wriggle my nostrils, and wiggle my ears -- one at a time or both at once. It helps if I raise my eyebrows for variety.
Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 5, 2017 7:45 PM
If I say, "Aw, what a cute little puppy!" They smile and say "Thank you."
If I say "Aw, what cute little girl!" They call the police.
Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at April 6, 2017 12:54 AM
The brilliant Mark Steyn wrote a column on this years ago. Once living pets become too problematic, the next fad will be inanimate objects given the status of babies/pets, as we have seen in Japan
Posted by: Ann K at April 6, 2017 5:57 AM
Ann, one of my adolescent kids bought a pet rock in the '70s and pampered it. We worried about her for awhile, but then she got a boyfriend. Then we worried more.
Posted by: billH at April 6, 2017 6:56 AM