Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Beauty or brains?

A Cambridge student caused uproar this week by posing provocatively in her underwear on Cambridge’s new tabloid website, The Tab.

‘Tab Totty’ section has been slammed as sexist and according to the Cambridge student union women's officer, Natalie Szarek, the images should be removed because they “reproduce and reinforce harmful attitudes towards women.”

One of the girls who modeled in the ‘Tab Totty’ section, Heidi, said: “I’d like to see myself as someone with brainpower and boobs, a pairing which I feel Cambridge culture strives to deny.”

Society seems to have a big issue comprehending that intelligent women have more to offer than just their intellect. It's either one or the other; beauty or brains! People also assume that if a woman is clever then she must have no style or fashion related knowledge. The same goes for women who dress well and love delving into the latest fashion trends; people will presume that they have no substance.

Clear examples come from the movies
‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, each in their own way initially exemplifying women as either beautiful and fashionable or ugly and intelligent, but by the end of the film having both beauty and brains. Even TV stars such as Cheryl Cole has been deemed a bimbo because of her striking looks and fashionable and trendy dress sense.

Why does society categorise women into these demeaning groups? Is society right to do so?

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