Cuteness News

Cat_stares_at_itself_on_computer_monitorA partial, ongoing record of cuteness-related news stories in the popular press and on social media, many of which have been posted on The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness Public Group on Facebook. Links are included, but not guaranteed to be functional forever. For those seeking a more academic bibliography of cuteness-related works, see (and contribute to) Joshua Paul Dale’s open Google document, the Cute Studies Bibliography or our site’s Bibliography page. Primarily visual examples are included instead in the cuteness studies Gallery.

Ansari, Umar. “Artist Plays around with Different Levels of Cuteness in Brilliant Paintings.DesignFaves. 12 Oct. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

Ashcraft, Brian. “Pikachu Marching is Mesmerizing.” Kotaku. 11 Aug. 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Barnes, Sara. “Adorable Miniature Horses Provide Therapeutic Benefits for People in Need.” My Modern Met. 19 Sept. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Baron, Zach. “Where the Wild Things Go Viral.” GQ. 4 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.

Barron, Jesse. “The Babysitters Club: Apps like Seamless and Yelp listen in on our adult lives, then speak to us like children.” Real Life. 27 July 2016. Web. 2 Aug. 2016.

Baseel, Casey. “Japan Now Has Anime Girls with Boobs so Big They Literally Can’t Stand up.RocketNews24. 10 Nov. 2015. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Benedictus, Leo. “Tails of the Unexpected: The Craziest Cat Quiz Ever.” Guardian. 24 Aug. 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Beschizza, Rob. “Turn Any Text into a Wall of Horrible Cat Puns.Boing Boing. 29 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Bess, Gabby. “Toward a Unified Theory of the Cat Man.” Broadly. 9 Sept. 2015. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.

Bratskeir, Kate. “This Cafe Serves Stuffed Animals Only. No Humans Allowed.” Huffington Post. 8 Oct. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Bull, JJ. “Partick Thistle Unveil Utterly Terrifying New Mascot.” Telegraph. 22 June 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Bustillos, Maria. “Friendship is Complicated, Art, Commerce, and the Battle for the Soul of My Little Pony.Longreads. 28 Jan. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Castilo, Inigo Del. “Japan is Selling Bags that Look and Feel like Real Cats.” Lost At E Minor: For Creative People. 19 Oct. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

Cats in Kimonos are a Thing in Japan.” Museperk. 2 July 2015. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

Cat-Packs Are The Purrfect Way To Take Your Pet On Sightseeing Adventures.Pulptastic. 02 Dec. 2015. Web. 04 Dec. 2015.

Coggan, Devan. “Mark Wahlberg Asks Pope Francis to Forgive Him for Ted.” EW.com. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Colliver, Victoria. “Queues for the Cute at Japantown Fest’s Hello Kitty Food Truck.” SFGate. 11 Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Corbalis, Michael C. “Our Dogs Can Read Our Minds: The New Neuroscience of Animal Brains and Understanding.” Salon. 23 May 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Cox, Ana Marie. “These are the Reasons Why Cats Still Rule the Internet.” Mother Jones. 13 May 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Cresci, Elena. “Cat vs. Dogs: Which Animal Owns the Internet?Guardian. 6 Sep. 2016. Web. 10 Sep. 2016.

Davison, Nicola. “Cult of the Cute: Japan’s ‘kawaii’ Culture on Show at the V&A.Financial Times. 5 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

DiDomizio, Nicolas. “These Are the Cute, Sex-Positive Penis and Vagina Emojis We’ve Been Waiting For.Mic. 16 Oct. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

Dockray, Heather. “Open up These Fortune Cookies and You’ll Find Adorable Tiny Kittens.Mashable. 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Dorn, Lori. “‘Cone Kitty’, A Christmas Ornament Featuring a Forlorn Orange Tabby Wrapped in a Cone-of-Shame.Laughing Squid. 12 Nov. 2015. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Douglas, James. “The Pixar Theory of Labor.” The Awl. 15 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Edwards, Phil. “Why Babies in Medieval Paintings Look like Ugly Old Men.” Vox. 28 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Ehrlich, David. “From Kewpies to Minions: A Brief History of Pop Culture Cuteness.Rolling Stone. 21 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Fawcett, Kristin. “Sotheby’s Is Auctioning Off What Might Be the World’s Largest Cat Painting.Mental Floss. 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Ferrier, Morwenna. “Miley Cyrus and Her Pig: How to Pose on a Magazine Cover with Animals. Guardian. 9 June 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Finland Launches National ’emojis‘” TODAY. 5 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Florendo, Eliza. “Say Hello to the Hijab Lolita.Bustle. 29 June 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Fonder, Tom. “How Your Office Would Look like if Your Boss Was a Cat.” I Iz Cat. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Fujikawa, Jenn. “Home Geekonomics: All the Cute of Comic-Con.” Nerdist. 15 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Gilbride, Tricia. “Koko the Gorilla Adopts Kittens for Her Birthday.Mashable. 16 Oct. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

Glenum, Lara. “Welcome to the Gurlesque: The New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics.” Jacket Magazine. 2010. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Godwin, Richard. “The Cutester: Meet London’s Latest Social Stereotype.” Evening Standard. 16 Dec. 2014. Web. 4 Aug. 2016.

Goldhill, Olivia. “The “awww!” Response to Cuteness Isn’t Just Biological, It’s Philosophical.Quartz. 8 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Green, Penelope. “At a Cat Cafe, Sipping and Purring.The New York Times. 7 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Grenoble, Ryan. “Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Tiny Sweaters for Penguins Injured in Oil Spills.” Huffington Post. 11 Feb. 2015. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

Grossman, Andrew. “Freedom from the Pedomorphic Ideal: A Speculation on the Tragically Cute.Bright Lights. 31 Oct. 2010. Web. 04 Dec. 2015.

Grundhauser, Eric. “Can ‘Cute Aggression’ Inspire Actual Violence?Atlas Obscura. 2 Dec. 2015. Web. 5 Dec. 2015.

Gunter, Joel. “Isis Mocked with Rubber Ducks as Internet Fights Terror with Humour.Guardian. 28 Nov. 2015. Web. 5 Dec. 2015.

Hale, Tom. “Students Create 3D-Printed Wheelchair for Disabled Kitten.”IFLScience. 13 Oct. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

Hess, Amanda. “That Cute Whale You Clicked On? It’s Doomed.” New York Times. 14 Sept. 2016. Web. 15 Sept. 2016.

Higgins, Charlotte. “The Genius of The Great British Bake Off.” Guardian. 6 Oct. 2015. Web. 09 Oct. 2015.

Hines, Alice. “A Taxonomy of the Sad Girl” Vice. 17 June 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Hoff, Al. “Felines Are the Stars of the Touring Internet Cat Video Festival.Pittsburgh City Paper. 11 Nov. 2015. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Hoffman, Jan.”Campuses Debate Rising Demands for ‘Comfort Animals’.” New York Times. 4 Oct. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

—. “The Look of Love is in the Dog’s Eyes.” New York Times. 16 Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Hohenadel, Kristin. “This Adorable Owl Is a Security Camera for Your Home.” 9 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Howard, Dorothy. “Meet the Manga Avatars of Your Favorite Tech Platforms.” Hopes&Fears. 15 Sept. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Huber, Andrea. “Wie Katzen das Internet erobert haben.” Berliner Morgenpost. 22 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Oct. 2015.

Hudson, Laura. “Adorable Toys for Nekoatsume, Your Favorite Japanese Cat Game.Boing Boing. 24 Sept. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Ifould, Rosie. “How Wool Got Cool.” Guardian. 8 Oct. 2015. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.

Iino, Reina. “Gudetama: The Lazy Egg That Japan Loves.” Japan Subculture Research Center. 9 June 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Isaac, Mike. “The Rise of Emoji on Instagram Is Causing Language Repercussions.New York Times. 1 May 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Jobson, Christopher. “Cruelty-Free Knit Anatomy Specimens by Emily Stoneking.” Colossal. 5 Oct. 2015. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

Jones, Jonathon. “The Mysterious German Fad for Posing with a Polar Bear Imitator.” Guardian. 19 July 2015. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

Kageyama, Yuri. “Pepper, SoftBank’s Friendly Robot, Offers Ardent Attention, Cool Dance Moves.CBC News. 13 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Kauffman, Gretel. “Animator Reveals the Surprising Reason Why There Aren’t Any Female Minions.Business Insider. 19 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Kelly, Louise. “Best Day at Work Ever? Adorable Stolen Husky Pups Recovered by Gardai.” Independent.ie. 24 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

 Khandelwal, Swati. “How to Weaponize Your Cat to Hack Neighbours.” The Hacker News. 9 Aug. 2014. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

 Kingson, Jennifer A. “How Cats Took Over the Internet’ at the Museum of the Moving Image.” New York Times. 6 Aug. 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Kotsko, Adam. “Regimes of Feline Visibility.” An und Für Sich. 17 June 2015. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

 LaFrance, Adrienne. “When You Give a Tree an Email Address.Citylab. 10 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Laforteza, Elaine M. “Cute-ifying Disability: Lil Bub, the Celebrity Cat.” M/C Journal. Apr. 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Lam, Bourree. “Why Emoji are Suddenly Acceptable at Work.” Atlantic. 15 May 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Lang, Brent. “Box Office: Minions Dominates with $115.2 Million Debut.Variety. 12 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Langley, Liz. “When We See Something Cute, Why Do We Want to Squeeze It?” National Geographic. 10 Oct. 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Leyda, Julia. “Class, Cuteness, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.Working-Class Perspectives. 19 Oct. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

Limer, Eric. “The Most Hilarious Robo-Falls from the DARPA Robotics Challenge.” Popular Mechanics. 5 June 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Lustig, Hanna. “The Hello Kitty Food Truck Has The Cutest Snacks You’ll Ever Eat.BUST. 28 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

MacCormick, Rich. “Emoji Keyboards Put Ghosts and Smiling Poop at Your Fingertips.The Verge. 4 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

McCurry, Justin. “In Ageing Japanese Village, Dolls Take Place of Dwindling Population.” Gurdian. 7 January 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

McNeal, Stephanie. “This ‘Cat Library’ Lets Workers Borrow a Kitten for Their Work Day.” BuzzFeed. 2 June 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Mead, Rebecca. “The Semiotics of ‘Rose Gold’.” New Yorker. 14 Sept. 2015. Web. 09 Oct. 2015.

Mikrut, Ian. “The Furries will Parade outside this Year for the First Time.NEXT pittsburgh. 6 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Mills, Chris. “Sony’s Robotic Dogs are Dying a Slow And Heartbreaking Death.” Gizmodo. 18 June 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Morris, Regan. “Why the ‘cute Robots’ Don’t Work for Rodney Brooks.BBC. 17 Nov. 2015. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.

Myrick, Jessica Gall. “Emotion Regulation, Procrastination, and Watching Cat Videos Online: Who Watches Internet Cats, Why, and to What Effect?Science Direct. 12 June 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Nair, Yasmin. “Such Beastly Love: Animals and Affect in a Neoliberal World.” Yasmin Nair. 3 Mar. 2010. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

O’Donell, Carrey. “Christian Ministry Claims Pokemon Made ’90s Kids Gay.” NewNowNext. 14 Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

O’Neil, Lauren. “Adult Preschool’ Charges Hipsters to Take Naps, Play with Glitter Glue.CBCnews. 24 Mar. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Pappas, Stephanie. “‘I Wanna Eat You Up!’ Why We Go Crazy for Cute.” LiveScience.com. 21 Jan. 2013. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.

Peiwen, He. “8 Things about the EVA Air’s Hello Kitty Jet That’ll Bring out the Kawaii in You.” Today. 9 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Pick, Rachel. “This is Possibly the World’s First Adorable Surgery.” Motherboard. 14 May 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Piepenbring, Dan. “Tickle the Feline Ivories, and Other News.” Paris Review. 17 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Purtill, Corinne. “In Japan, You Can Rent ‘Handsome Weeping Boys’ to Wipe Away Your Tears.” SBS. 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Raphel, Adrienne. “Why Adults are Buying Coloring Books (for Themselves).” New Yorker. 12 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Rawlinson, Kevin. “National Emergency? Belgians Respond to Terror Raids with Cats.Guardian. 23 Nov. 2015. Web. 5 Dec. 2015.

 Rojas, Ingrid. “Meet Robi, the World’s Cutest Robot.” Fusion.  16 Mar. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Romano, Andrea. “New Species of Frog Found in Costa Rica Looks Just like Kermit.Mashable. 20 Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Schules, Douglas. “Kawaii Japan: Defining JRPGs through the Cultural Media Mix.Kinephanos. Dec. 2015. Web. 04 Dec. 2015.

Seah, May. “6 Existential Ways to Deal with the Hello Kitty Conundrum.” TODAY. 29 May 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Shaw, Dougal. “Climbing Frame Searches for Children.” BBC News. 31 July 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Siemens, Chauncey. “Japan Engineers Design Robotic Bear to Aid in Assisted Suicide.” IFL Science. 25 Feb. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Slater, Stefan A. “A Crocheted Helmet for Your Feline Viking Friend.” Fashionably Geek. 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Steinberg, Neil. “When cuteness comes of age.” Mosaic Science. 19 July 2016. Web. 2 Aug. 2016.

Steinhauer, Jillian. “The Nine Lives of Cat Videos.” Longreads. 8 Sept. 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Stieler, Wolfgang. “Niedlichkeit ist eine Milliarden-Dollar-Industrie.” Technology Review. Sept. 2016. Web. 29 Aug. 2016.

Strapagiel, Lauren. “These Two Were The Cutest Part Of Trudeau’s Swearing-In Ceremony.BuzzFeed. 5 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Swanson, Ana. “Why Cute Baby Animal Photos are Actually Toying with your Brain.” The Washington Post. 23 Aug. 2016. Web 26 Aug. 2016.

Tamara. “Dogs given New Legal Status as Sentient Beings in France.DogHeirs. 19 Apr. 2014. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

25th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.USA Today. 24 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Tyley, Jodie. “The Science of CUTE: From Bobble Heads to Large Eyes and Chubby Bodies, What Makes Kittens and Puppies so Adorable Revealed.” Mail Online. 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Vakharia, Sneha. “After 59 Years, Mattel Gets It Right: The New Barbie Ad is Awesome.Catch News. 17 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Oct. 2015.

Vaughan, Adam. “How Viral Cat Videos are Warming the Planet.” Guardian. 25 Sept. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

Waugh, Rob. “New ‘Tea And Consent’ Video Explains Sexual Consent In The Most British Way.Yahoo News UK. 30 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Webb, Tiger. “A Philosophical Theory of Cuteness.Radio National. 2 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.

Whyman, Tom. “Cupcake Fascism: Gentrification, Infantilisation and Cake.Films For Action. 23 Nov. 2015. Web. 04 Dec. 2015.

Williams, Holly. “‘Doorknob Girl': Japan and The Trend of Girls Licking Doorknobs.” Art-Sheep. 15 Aug. 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Wilson, Jason. “The Playmobil Conundrum.” New Yorker. 9 Oct. 2015. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.

Yen, Yap. “Bento Boxes Filled with Edible Versions Of Beloved Cartoon Characters.” TAXI. 19 June 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Young, Amy. “Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival.” Phoenix New Times. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.