A blemish is a selective thing – people define blemishes in different ways and to different degrees, the site of a blemish appears to be rated by degrees as well. No matter what the degree, blemishes are considered to be a small flaw or a slight imperfection in or on whatever they happen to grace. An imperfection or flaw can be part of the object or something added to or found on the object. In more cases than not a blemish is considered to be a negative addition to or part of anything, living or not. There was a time and there still are cultures that celebrate the slight differences that make one item or person stand out from others. The fact that a blemish can be regarded as disfiguring is short-sighted and unfair. This attitude is a source of discrimination no matter how vehemently that discrimination is declared to be absent. There seems to be something so deeply ingrained in people that we must either worship or denigrate those people or items different than the ‘normal’ in any way. A minor imperfection is enough to stigmatize almost anyone or anything, and those wearing some of these blemishes find no avenue of escape from the fate of isolation or derision even though there was a time when blemishes, facial blemishes especially, were considered to be the pinnacle of beauty. In today’s western societies if an item of food or of something to be made into food has a blemish it will not be used in its production. Blemishes in the ingredients for cosmetics, cloth or clothing are also now anathema. There is an incredible amount of wastage once it has been decided that a simple, small flaw can ruin an entire sack of produce or bolt of cloth, not to mention any number of other foods and products wasted due to a bit of distaste for something less than perfect. Wouldn’t you rather have a banana with a slight bruise than no banana at all?