My Face is Not a Halloween Costume

Sometimes when small children see me, they are scared, and vocalize or gesticulate their fears. They tell their parents they're scared, or hide behind their parents' legs. Honestly, this saddens me; I don't want to scare anyone. I think that it's because they've not seen people with visible differences before, but I also believe it's because they have seen masks and screen characters who are depicted as evil. Think Freddy Kruger, Scarface and Two Face. Does this evil come about because the characters are lashing out over the misfortune of looking different and the associated social reactions? ...more
I love this. Of course we think about the appropriateness of ethnic costumes, but this had ...more