"25 percent of American women aged eighteen to thirty-four would rather win America's Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize, and 22 percent would rather lose their ability to read than their figures.
They'd rather lose their ability to READ?!
Here's the nagging problem. Perhaps it's not the individual vanity and shallow-mindedness that led to those answers. Because I believe that these statistics are a reaction to something much bigger. What if they are rational response to a culture that values a specific, high-maintenance feminine beauty ideal over female brains? Because we now require more - much more - tweezing and hot waxing and highlighting and contouring and Botoxing and body sculpting of our female bodies than we did a generation ago. And most of us do most of it most of the time because if we don't, we don't get the cultural goodies: the boyfriend, the job, the social status. Even though we have breathtaking equality compared to our mother's generation, we now jam our toes in to sky-high platforms our mothers would never have worn and, to our mothers' horror, submit our bodies to plastic surgeons because the hot girl gets rewarded. The 25 percent of young American women know something; they know there's a big brass ring for them merely for looking good, and brains - well, maybe there's a payoff there, and maybe not.
We still don't offer a big enough payoff for choosing brains."
Labels: feminismus, gesellschaft, girlism