Looking at, not beyond, our faces

So September is yet another Month, this time Craniofacial Acceptance Month. Yay?

One of the major, more established international craniofacial organizations mysteriously chose

#LookBeyondMyFace

As their tag line for this year. Headdesk moment. At least for me.

Isn’t acceptance looking at, not beyond?

Isn’t acceptance seeing the whole person, not ignoring something that’s a major part of them?

The politically correct thing, I guess, is to pretend that differences don’t matter, or aren’t consequential. But that is a complete fallacy. They matter.

A true acceptance or awareness campaign needs to acknowledge that they matter, not necessarily in a negative way. Mattering can be positive, too.

So that’s my hope, that sometime we can look at, not beyond, facial differences…

(Bracelet pic is a song lyric, I see you. I thought it was appropriate.)

In case you had any doubt

That appearances are important or that craniofacial differences are sometimes really rotten to live with… I present to you Donsld Trump:

“Look at that face,” Trump said about the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. “Would anyone vote for that?”

“Can you imagine that, the face of our next President,” he added. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

Sigh. 

But her response actually garnered her lots of credit from me.

Fitting that this is occurring during Craniofacial Acceptance Month.