[nfbwatlk] Questions concerning how people look like
humbertoa5369 at netzero.net
Thu Feb 25 19:50:41 CST 2010
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
I'm very sure everyone in this mailing list is blind. Maybe
some of you are not. And well, I have a curiosity, or a question,
that maybe you can answer for me and if it is not that
As you know, sighted people tend to look at each other's
face, or perhaps most of the body movements and the hands, while
they're talking to each other. For example, when somebody is
talking and facing another person, that person faces that other
person, and he or she can look at the person's face. In addition,
this does not happen when they are talking only; the person can
just look at that other person, E.G. a boy says "hello" to a girl
perhaps, and he looks at her because she is pretty (or she
perhaps isn't) and he looks at her smile and he knows what she
looks like. He can maybe remember her just through all those
details of her. Furthermore, there are more case-scenarios out
there that are very similar to this one.
While sighted people do this, as far as blind people are
concerned, is there any way a blind person can do the same things
just like the sighted? Can a blind person tell how someone looks
like by some technique or some information? If I want to know how
someone looks like, what can I do? Sometimes I think that
probably by touching faces I can get a general detail of what
he/she is like, but some people may see this as an offensive
thing. I have just a little bit of vision (mostly out of the
corner of my right eye), but I cannot see well enough to see
these things. I can only see very close objects or people. But
anyways, if, for example, I meet a nice girl and she says hello
to me, and she carries out a conversation with me. How can I get
the physical description of her? How do I know if she is just
smiling without laughing? How do I know what her hair looks like?
maybe she has a pointy nose, a big/small mouth, and probably
really all straight and white teeth! How can I know these things?
I could perhaps ask her, "What do you look like?" but I've had
bad experiences asking that question, although some people are
kind and they tell me. Again, I don't see any bad thing by
touching people's faces, however, I'm not sure if I should
totally do it because of an offense or just being disrespectful.
I am asking this question just for curiosity, and I'd like
to see what you think about this. Any feedback and comments about
this topic are welcome. I'd like to find out what other blind
people have done to accomplish well this situation.
Thank you and have a very lucky day!
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