Beauty or Brains?

According to most romantic comedies, there are two personality types when it comes to females. The first one is the hot blonde with the perfect figure but an imperfect grade. Whilst she may be a solid 10 out of 10 she is annoyingly stupid but most people let her idiocy slide because of her good looks.

The second type is the reversed, nerdy girl who focuses more on getting straight As than on socialising. Whilst she may know the works of Einstein she is disgusting to look at.

According to society, women can either be beautiful or be smart, it is almost unheard of to be both. You have to choose whether you get married or get a degree.

When I talk about beauty I mean naturally. I’m not talking about being able to look like walking perfection after spending an hour on your face because anyone can look good with makeup. That is its main purpose, to cover certain flaws and make you look better.

In terms of the brains side of things, no one is expecting you to be an autistic genius who can do difficult mathematical sums in a small amount of time. As simple as it sounds even having something such as common sense can make you come across as smart. Ironically common sense isn’t actually that common?

Another thing that makes woman smart is being passionate about something. For example, I wouldn’t necessarily I am the most academic person. It is why I am sat writing this blog rather than trying to continue my education in uni. However, I would say I have a passion for writing. Whether it be this blog, my book of poetry or anything. Having ambitions can make a person smart rather than moping around never knowing what do with one’s life.

We live in a shallow society and whilst the brains would get people places quicker, we are obsessed with being attractive. With apps like Snapchat and Instagram, it is all about beauty these days. Don’t worry your child might not know their times tables but at least they know they need good lighting when taking a selfie.

If mirrors and cameras didn’t exist would we care less about our appearance? Whilst yes you would still have other people commenting on your looks would you care if you didn’t know what they could see anyway?

Out of the two, I personally believe brains are superior. It is more important in the long run and the one that will stay with you forever. At the end of the day when we all turn old we will no longer beautiful, but at least the smart ones will still have their brains.

But remember, whilst it may be rare, it is possible to be both beautiful and smart.

Gracie x

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4 thoughts on “Beauty or Brains?

  1. I feel the notion of brain or beauty is outdated. Why should brains be the best? What about those who aren’t as academically inclined (to society’s standards)? Does that now mean that they aren’t worthy because it’s better to have brains? Of course it doesn’t. We shouldn’t have to bow down to such an outdated notion. Beauty is whatever you perceive it to be whether that’s blonde or brunette, tall or short, size 8 or size 18. Regardless of that, it doesn’t matter whether you match what the current beauty trend is, it’s about the person. The things that you are passionate about and those who you care for are what make you beautiful. Beauty or brains is not about looking like a model or getting straight A’s. It should be about being passionate about the things you love, then and only then will that competition disappear. You can be passionate about education, you can be passionate about music or reading or writing. All of those passions that individuals have make them beautiful. Claiming that beauty disappears is naive. You can be a caring, beautiful person once you have aged. Reaffirming that the stereotype exists is pointless and is damaging to all girls, whether 8, 18 or 80.

    Do I think of myself as being a 10/10? Of course not. Do I think I am the smartest person? No. I am not, however, going to base my entire personality on which stereotype that others believe I fall into. I’m going to base my personality on the things and people that I love; regardless of how I may look when I wake up in the morning or on what my latest uni grade is. I am more than either and for that I feel blessed.


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