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Beauty beats brains any day of the week
January 10, 2003
Column by Molly Davis - I love being a girl.
80 percent of the time.

The other 20?

Not so much.

Why, you ask?

Because looks count for almost everything when you’re a woman.

It’s true.

If you think it’s not, you’re flat-out wrong.

Listen, when a woman gets a compliment, it usually refers to the way she looks, right?

Of course.

When was the last time you heard, "Boy, look at the IQ on that one."

Try never.

Let’s do some math.

Say two women of equal intelligence are up for a job.

One’s hot -- the other, not.

Who do you think will get the job?

If you’re still thinking, you need some ginkgo biloba in your morning Wheaties.

I’m not saying it’s fair, but women are judged by their looks.

And good looks -- not to mention hot bodies -- opens doors.

Take the movie Chicago.

Overrated, by the way.

But Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger look absolutelygorgeous.

They are talented actresses -- no argument here -- but nowhere near as talented as Bebe Neuwirth and Anne Reinking, whom I saw in the Broadway production 10 years ago.

Why aren’t they in the movie?

Because Catherine and Renee are hotter.

It’s called window dressing.

And if you’re a woman, you better make sure your window is properly dressed, or else you’re risking some serious mental anguish.

Just once, I’d like to walk out of my house looking awful without feeling self-conscious about it.

Hair in a ponytail, no makeup and sweats.

Believe me, this is my early-morning, lazy weekend uniform.

I just don’t feel good about it.

Because every time I’m dressed like I just got back from field hockey practice, I run into someone I haven’t seen in years -- usually an ex-boyfriend.

Afterwards, I get into my car, look in the rearview mirror, and shake my head, thinking, "Lipstick! I should’ve at least put on some lipstick!"

Then I obsess about it for an hour.

Then I call my mom and haunt herabout it, then torment my friends and drive everybody insane.

Vain?

Yup.

Narcissistic?

You got it.

Welcome to a woman’s world.

Men, on the other hand, have it easy.

They can roll out of bed, throw on some clothes, brush their teeth and be out the door in 10 minutes.

And not only that, they can look good -- sometimes even better than if they tried.

Lucky them.

Granted, men are judged on appearance, but not nearly as harshly as women are.

A guy won’t get a job because he’s better looking than another.

Unless it’s an all-female office.

I said I was vain -- not stupid.

-- Molly Davis is a columnist and the Features Editor for The Trentonian and can be reached at mdavis@trentonian.com.

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