私だけでしょうか? Or are you sick of women moaning about how hard it is to be pretty? asks LIBBY PURVES
They’re at it again: sighing and simpering, pouting sideways at the camera which is always pestering them when they want to be admired only for their minds. An old complaint comes up again on チクタク: the difficulties of so-called ‘pretty privilege’.
はい, beauty brings benefits, the lovelies say. But there are downsides to being gorgeous. They’re still victims because they aren’t ‘taken seriously’.
I won’t upset actresses by naming them, but some of today’s stars might unkindly be compared to sulky camels or the back of a bus if we didn’t love them for their personalities.
Libby Purves says that looking ‘hot’ is a deliberate choice, and it is easy to look ordinary, by avoiding bodycon dresses, keeping your cleavage and thighs to yourself: ‘If you get to meet one of these moaning beauties, just offer her a soapy flannel’ (ストックイメージ)
Bette Davis, 結局, had snake-hooded eyes and a sour mouth, and Margaret Rutherford spoke of her ‘spaniel jowls’.
What is annoying is the wailing of pretty women about not being taken seriously, finding it hard to make friends and being seen as ‘competition’.
Do they not know how easy it is to look ordinary?
Looking ‘hot’ is a deliberate choice: any sensible teacher, lawyer or health professional knows how to tone it down on duty.
Avoid bodycon dresses and spray-on trousers, keep your cleavage and thighs to yourself, shun vampy eye make-up — and if your hair is dangerously shiny, pin it back.
The one halfway credible complaint is that they’re more likely to be sexually harassed or assaulted, but plenty a plain, tubby girl and frumpy matron has suffered just for being female.
So if you meet one of these moaning beauties, just offer her a soapy flannel, a cardigan and some unbecoming hairgrips. Problem solved!