There’s a scene in Pixar’s Inside Out (2015) that gives a physical form to disgust. Throughout the movie, a young girl’s emotions are shown as characters inside her brain. At one point her father attempts to feed her broccoli, which the character of Disgust deems dangerous, instructing the girl’s brain to get rid of it. The young girl flicks the food away. “Well, I just saved our lives. You’re welcome,” Disgust gloats. Disgust (the real life emotion) is a feeling of revulsion or disapproval triggered by something unpleasant.1 Throughout history, the feeling has been associated with perceived danger—whether it’s safe to eat a moldy piece of meat, for example. In late 2021, The New York Times ran a longform on the topic with the grand but perhaps not totally misplaced title “How Disgust Explains Everything.” “[It is] a piece of evolutionary hardware designed to protect our stomachs that expanded into a This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 47 That’s Life The quiet tyranny of clichés. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Love That for You A lesson in the art of compersion. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Fellow Feeling The pleasure of a stranger’s touch. Arts & Culture Issue 29 How to Hold a Grudge In defense of a petty pleasure. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Beyond Reasonable Doubt Why being good at your job can leave you feeling like a fraud, and how to overcome it. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts.