YourTango recently asked this question on their Facebook page. Now, friends, it seemed like an easy enough question to me. In fact, the answer seemed obvious. I was pretty sure I had an idea of what people were going to say. But then I started reading the 96 comments to that very question. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. That word was beginning to make me nauseous, giving me that feeling I get in the pit of my stomach when I’ve eaten too many pieces of Halloween candy corn. It’s not pleasant, trust me, friends. Why? Because I’ve never cared much for those sorts of extremes, those ideas that you can be one or the other, but never, under any circumstances, both. So often, we’re taught that if you’re gorgeous, you can’t possibly have brains, and if you have brains, then you must not have inherited the beauty gene. Maybe it’s just me, but the ultimate in sexy is when you can be both and be comfortable in those shoes.
I did love this comment, though: “Smart – most guys will go for stunning, but any man with brains will go for smart.” And a comment advocating gorgeousness above all else? Well, let’s just say it knocked my socks off, especially when you read it without correcting the spelling or punctuation: “stunningly gorgeous and average smart (or a bit above average) Studies have shown that the better looking you are the more advanteges you have however there’s a threshold-cross that and people feel uncomfortable around you.”
That, my friends, just proves my point. Being gorgeous is definitely not as sexy as being smart.
What about you? Would you rather be gorgeous or smart? Both? Do you think it’s harder for men or women to be both? Let’s chat, friends! xoxo
[Photos via Le Love]