When did beauty become an indicator of evil?  Remember the Ugly Stepsisters in Cinderella?  They were evil, therefore they were ugly (from a story-teller’s perspective, that is).  As for Cinderella, she was good and sweet and wonderful and BEAUTIFUL.  And there are many more examples of this phenomenon.

Fast forward to today.  Recently there was a show on The N about pretty girls who were bitches.  Coming up on MTV is a show about pretty girls who are bitches.  In many sitcoms these days the pretty girls are bitches, and the hot guys are douchebags.  So who can be trusted to be the good and nice one?  The ugly girl or the nerdy boy.  Ugly Betty is a great example of this.  (Not to hate on Ugly Betty, just using it as an example)

So when did that happen?  I’m not about to deny that some pretty girls are mean, but so are some ugly girls.  I mean, everyone has just as much capacity for bitchiness.  And I’m not about to pity the pretty girls who feel bad about this sort of typecasting, I just found it interesting that it’s switched.  And I want to know how and when that happened.

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One thought on “BEDA: the pretty girl

  1. it happened when people started to realize that skinny, traditonally pretty images of women in the media were warping people’s minds about the ideal of beauty and normal. when people realized that it’s damaging to the hoi polloi to encourage such an extreme status quo. in short, pretty girls became mean when anorexia became common. not just because the skinny girls were miserable, though that’s part of it. and girls who aren’t pretty are guided to feel that they must overcompensate by being extra nice so that people will like them. it’s also a result of wanting to make characters a little more fair in films and stories. it’s difficult to relate to a story if one girl has it all and the other girl is both ugly and cruel. no one likes an all a round perfect or awful girl. you need some balance within each person.

    so here’s an entire blog. you’re welcome.

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