This past week, astonished readers around the world goggled their eyes over Samantha Brick’s narcissistic lament and let out an audible tsk-ing sound that is still reverberating throughout mainstream media. Anticipating some backlash, she gave a first-hand account of being victimized by other women for her good looks.
But there are downsides to being pretty — the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.
As a journalist for the Daily Mail, this provocative article went viral, in a caddy fashion. Brick felt it was her responsibility to speak out against the discrimination attractive women face in the workplace – in her case, the newsroom. While her defense that a hunk like Brad Pitt proclaiming his own beauty would not evoke the same hypersensitive response makes for an intriguing social commentary, my concerns over this controversy lie elsewhere. (more…)