Sorry, boys and girls, but according to the headlines, Hello Kitty is not a cat. When the Inquisitr dug deeper, it was found that Hello Kitty isn’t a person either. She (we do know, at least, that Hello Kitty is female) is the “personification of a cat,” say her curators.
These revelations, no matter how accidental, have thrust Hello Kitty out of the closet. She’s not a cat, she’s not a person, she’s somewhere in-between. She’s what’s commonly called an “anthromorph.”
For centuries, anthromorphs were a part of human culture that was accepted and even revered. To be an anthromorph was, in many cultures, to be a god. Now, of course, most anthromorphs like Hello Kitty must hang in the shadows and keep quiet about their inclinations and lifestyle choices. Hello Kitty, who herself has not come forward to talk about her anthro-ality, has been thrust into the limelight. This time, it’s not for her latest gadget, newest fashion theme, or greatest toy release. Instead, it’s for something she has little control over, something that most say she was born with.
The fact that Hello Kitty is an antrommorph would also explain why an academic specializing in anthropology, like Christine R. Yano, would be so interested in Hello Kitty. After all, this University of Hawaii scientist says she’s spent years studying Hello Kitty. Most would think this a joke, except now that we know Hello Kitty to be an anthromorph (as well as a trend-setter and social mover) it makes perfect sense.
In science, the phenomenon of anthromorphism comes from the Greek term “anthropos,” which is a mixture of “human” and “morphe,” usually describing a non-human object or animal.
As an anthromorph and as one of the most well-known and respected figures in fashion and toy making, Hello Kitty has an obligation to come forward and speak out for anthromorphs everywhere. Anthromorphs Unite!