A third of women would choose to lower their IQ in return for bigger breasts, according to an online survey of 1,100 18-25 year old women.
Do these women have a point? A few studies to consider:
- Science has found a correlation between beauty and higher intelligence (which makes sense if the smartest and most beautiful of us are more likely to have the opportunity to mate and pass their genes to the next generation)
- Attractive women (and men) typically make more money than their average-looking or fatter counterparts.
- Personal beauty raises income and happiness, but studies find you’re born with it – makeup, designer clothing and plastic surgery don’t statistically help your chances.
There are those who warn against pursuing commercialized ideals of beauty, and there are those who say beauty is biology, specifically Darwinism in action.
“… beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism, but instead is in our biology. It’s an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilization–and for good reason. Those features to which we are most attracted are often signals of fertility and fecundity. When seen in the context of a Darwinian struggle for survival, our sometimes extreme attempts to attain beauty–both to become beautiful ourselves and to acquire an attractive partner–become understandable. Moreover, if we come to understand how the desire for beauty is innate, then we can begin to work in our interests, and not soley for the interests of our genetic tendencies.” – Nancy Etcoff, Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty
Putting aside the scientific studies that say higher intelligence and beauty often go hand in hand;
Would you choose beauty or brains?
Three quotes from one very famous lady, Eleanor Roosevelt:
- “When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else…you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.”
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
- “I wish I had been prettier.”
P.S. This is how I felt after doing the research and writing this post (was definitely hoping smart, slightly plain girls came out on top)