I wasn't going to even post anything today because I'm working on a future silly post, but then I heard about the Nordstrom Anniversary Catalog and I fell in love with that heavenly store all over again. As if I actually need a good reason to go there and shop. At least now I do have a great reason! Check out page 73 of their Anniversary Sale Catalog-- the young, handsome man to the left:
Click here to see this fabulous Nordstrom Catalog.
What a wonderful, wonderful model. I just love it. A young man who happens to have Down syndrome, featured in a major retailers catalog wearing a super cool outfit and looking incredibly hip. Stereotypes-- BE GONE!!!!
There are other awesome retailers like Toy 'R Us, Target and Pampers who also feature children who have Down syndrome in their ads-- check out the little girl on the bottom left.
See-- I have some theories on some of the reasons why people are so afraid of Down syndrome. Of why the termination rate of prenatally diagnosed children with Down syndrome hovers between 90-94% (brutal statistic-- right?). My theory is that as humans, we all fear difference. We fear standing out. We fear not being like others, so therefore risking being disliked.
Quick science lesson (language straight from the NDSS.org website):
Down syndrome is usually caused by an error in cell division called "nondisjunction." Nondisjunction results in an embryo with three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two. Prior to or at conception, a pair of 21st chromosomes in either the sperm or the egg fails to separate. As the embryo develops, the extra chromosome is replicated in every cell of the body. This type of Down syndrome, which accounts for 95% of cases, is called Trisomy 21.
One of the things that completely amazes me about this extra 21st chromosome is that there are common physical traits among individuals who have Down syndrome. As explained on the ndss.org website, a few of those common traits are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Now mind you-- every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all. But isn't it quite incredible? That despite race and gender, there may be common physical traits among individuals who are not even related. It's almost incomprehensible-- I find it amazing.
Now get out there and do some major shopping at Nordy's!!!