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As a mom, I do plenty of things in the name of vanity. I buy my daughters adorable clothes. I let them paint their tiny fingernails and toenails. I sock away money every month for the braces they're clearly going to need and I punish them when they cut their own hair. I thought nothing of any of this until I saw the following question posted on Deadspin: "Should you shave your child's unibrow?"
My immediate gut reaction was of course you shouldn't! Mess with that thing and you might as well just come out and say to your kid, "You are physically unacceptable the way you are and we need to do something about that, pronto." But kids can be cruel and nicknames can stick, and if my child came home from school in tears because her classmates were calling her Bert or Cyclops Face, I might be tempted to remove a rogue hair or two.
Fortunately or unfortunately, my daughters inherited my anemic eyebrows, so I doubt this will be an issue for us. Still, if one of them were bothered by a bushy brow, I'd do everything in my power to convince her to love it. I'd belabor her inner beauty, and lecture her about the dangers of conforming to some arbitrary societal ideal. But if she still insisted she'd prefer to have two separate and distinct brows -- and was aware of the pain involved in the process -- I'd probably cave.