By Dan Y.
I started thinking about this the other day after watching a video on youtube where these two girls argued over whether or not beauty pageants are sexist and degrading to women. The two girls were students at The London School of Economics. One was a law student who had participated in the school’s beauty pageant and was, not surprisingly, pretty hot. The other was an undergraduate student and a member of the school’s feminist society. As you can probably guess, she wasn’t very attractive.
The feminist’s main point, probably recited verbatim from some textbook that she had read in one of her Feminist Theory courses, was that these pageants are bad because they encourage women to conform to a Western idea of beauty that is degrading and unrealistic. I think my favorite part of the video was when she tried to prove that these pageants had a bias for a “Western” idea of beauty by pointing out that there were no Muslims in the pageant. The other girl, who had participated in the pageant, interjected and explained that she was, in fact, Muslim. Hot Beauty Pageant Contestant:1 Whiny Feminist:0 You can watch the video here but it’s kind of long and boring:
I have two important things to note before I explain why most feminists are ugly.
1. You might have noticed the asterisk next to the word Feminist in the title. That wasn’t a typo. There are many different types of feminists and it is important to make distinctions when talking about them. In my argument, the word feminist will be used to describe feminists that try to make men and women feel guilty for having certain aesthetic preferences. They tell women who put effort into looking attractive that they are degrading themselves by conforming to a certain idea of beauty. They tell men that they are pigs for preferring a beauty pageant contestant to, say, a frumpy, bitter Women’s Studies major. My argument does not include feminists who are solely concerned with attaining equal rights to men; I don’t have any problem with them.
2. The logic behind feminists’ motivations for the behavior noted above can be best understood by reading “We Are the Sum of Our Parts,” written by Andy Fox.
I will try to paraphrase his post as well as I can. He does a much better job, though.
We all judge other people around us; we assign scores to the different qualities that we value for each person we know, usually subconsciously. We then value a person based on the sum of all of the values we assign to their qualities. For example, if we see a couple where one partner is significantly more attractive than the other, we assume that the less attractive one must possess other qualities that the more attractive one doesn’t. If they didn’t, their scores wouldn’t “add up” to equal each other. We’ve all thought this before, it’s ok; don’t feel superficial or judgmental, we all do it.
Many of us like to think that other people don’t use this cumulative approach when valuing us despite the fact that we do it to other people. Remember in grade school when your teacher told you how we are all unique and individual, probably using some stupid cliché about how no two snowflakes are alike? No one uses that philosophy when they decide how much they like someone. Sure, no two snowflakes are alike; some are way better than others.
So I’ve described how we generally try to be as objective as possible in valuing other people based on the sum of their qualities and made a claim that most women who try to guilt us out of using looks as a criterion for judgment tend to not be very attractive. It makes sense that someone lacking in a certain perceived quality would want to dissuade others from assigning value to that quality, and would want those who possessed that quality to be humble and not flaunt it. It also seems extremely self-centered and petty to try to convince others to think and feel a certain way just so we can marginalize our lesser qualities. Feminists’ cries of outrage at man’s obsession with physical beauty are not altruistic. They are not upset that women are degrading themselves; rather, they are upset that other women are benefitting from a quality that they don’t and probably never will possess. Their own perceived value relative to better-looking women will inevitably increase if looks are dismissed as unimportant.
The idea that it is immoral and perverse to judge a woman (or man) based at least partially on their looks has been created and perpetuated by these feminists. Striving to guilt people out of valuing something just so that you can benefit requires a combination of selfishness, didacticism, and moral self-righteousness that few possess. Have you ever been made to feel guilty about judging someone based on their intelligence, personality, taste or other quality? The reason why you probably haven’t is because no other group of people has (to my knowledge) ever tried so hard to stop people from acting on their preferences. Sure, many beauty pageant contestants might be shallow, self-centered and vapid. But have any of them ever tried to make you feel guilty about valuing another person based on some quality that they don’t possess? Probably not.
An even better question: Have any men seriously attempted to criticize other, better-looking men for benefiting from their looks or blame society in general for valuing an unrealistic idea of beauty? Maybe, but not in the same numbers and with the same enthusiasm as seen from women. Generally, us men don’t try to project our shortcomings on other people and try to blame society for creating standards that we can’t meet. For example, last year there was a movie about a whiny vampire that spent the majority of the two hours in the film talking about his feelings. The film is currently in third place for the largest box office opening weekend IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA. One of the big reasons for it’s success is that the guy playing the vampire in the film is very attractive, and spends the majority of the film with his shirt off (I haven’t actually seen the movie, I’m making assumptions here). Were there any men complaining about the movie for objectifying the poor actor, degrading men everywhere, and setting an unrealistic expectation for beauty? I will never be as good-looking as that guy, and I’m okay with that. I guess some women are just more prone to developing inferiority complexes, at least when it comes to looks.
In conclusion, don’t ever let anyone make you feel guilty about thinking that someone is attractive. We are all judgmental; if it is okay to judge someone based on their intelligence, personality, charm, etc., then why is it not okay to judge someone because of how they look? Feminists have been largely successful in making us hesitant to do this. Now that their ulterior motives have been revealed and their claims of altruism debunked, I think it’s high time we stopped worrying about what people will think of us for being judgmental and superficial. If you haven’t bothered to actually read any of this but are infuriated by the title, please don’t leave a comment.