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“Babies are like the ultimate possession,” said Levkoff.
n mid-August, couples and lonely hearts packed a Brooklyn basement to hear scientists make sense of something the crowd could not: love.
There may be evolutionary reasons that men infantilize female partners or even seek out women who subconsciously remind them of babies.
In the mid-twentieth century, Austrian ethologist Konrad Lorenz proposed that babies’ cuteness is an evolutionarily advantageous adaptation without which they wouldn’t survive; adults need some sort of incentive to provide them with constant care, and Lorenz thought that motive was admiring their cuteness.
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”“Certainly the term ‘baby’ is infantilizing,” said Logan Levkoff, the author of several books on sex and relationships.
“A ‘baby’ is an actual thing—there’s an image of something.”It may be creepy, but we’ve been doing it for a long a time.
According to the , Philander, the male hero, declares himself “not able to support the thought that any thing should afflict his lovely Baby.” (In spite of the title— and as fitting as it would be if “baby” were coined in an incestuous context—the “sister” in question is a relation by marriage.) And it isn't just English-speakers who call each other "baby"; many languages have similar terms, from the French .
In a frequently cited 1993 study published in the , Carol Bruess and Judy Pearson, researchers at Ohio State University, found that happier couples tended to use more private language, or “idiosyncratic communication.” Bruess and Pearson interviewed 154 married couples—spanning every life stage, from newlyweds to empty-nesters—on how satisfied they felt with their relationship, and asked them to describe personal idioms they used with their partner.
116 couples said they used at least one idiom; altogether, the couples reported a total of 370.