Because She’s Pretty

This was a bit hard to follow, at first, but, the argument is an interesting one.

More importantly, it should always be open for discussion — this is how we move the human race forward.

When you cannot or will not comment on something, your language atrophies. In the case of what I will call the physical comportment of power, we do not have enough words to talk about how and why being “pretty” matters for how power operates.

via Tressie


I believe that in this worldview, which is the dominant one, beauty is seen as the only legitimate capital that women are allowed possess. But beauty is supposed to serve power’s interests. When beauty occurs in an “unruly body”, such as a non-white person’s body, then it is an existential threat.

They hate her because she’s pretty.