Brute Reason

A collection of thoughts about psychology, social justice, and anything else I give a shit about. freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason

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Maybe you think I’m taking this all too literally: no one, you’d say, is claiming that intelligence actually makes women pretty, only that we should celebrate female smarts. Perhaps that’s right — but then let’s get rid of the language of attractiveness. When we use “beautiful” as a synonym for “good” — e.g. “she has a beautiful soul” — we preserve the value structure we seek to complicate. However well-meaning, the insistence that “smart is beautiful” confirms that beauty is the ultimate value to which all others are compared. Instead, if we want young girls to care more about their studies, let’s tell them that education is powerful, exciting, enjoyable, important. Smart doesn’t need to be beautiful to be great.

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