Yes, Smart People Like Makeup: Debunking A Ridiculous Stereotype

Question:

Why is it always the dumb girl who likes fashion?

I asked myself this question after watching yet another movie fill the role of ditzy teen girl with a well-dressed, lipstick-wielding fashionista. Why is it that we associate high-heels with stupidity and sweatpants with SAT score? It seems like a strange point of comparison, considering these things ย have nothing in common. What is it that people think? That mascara clouds a person’s ability to learn? Here’s a graph I made that compares these two sets of data. You should know the results are shocking.

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Not impressed?
graph
Still? How about a data table?
Makeup Uses (per week) Intelligence
7 Cannot be determined by given information
3 Cannot be determined by given information
0 Cannot be determined by given information
1 Cannot be determined by given information
5 Cannot be determined by given information
7 Cannot be determined by given information
2 Cannot be determined by given information
What I am trying to convey through these obnoxiously obvious graphs is that no one should be labeled as something they’re not, especially something so heinous and hurtful. Stereotypes are insensitive and untrue.
Thanks for reading.
Sincerelyย yours,
Paige
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My name is Paige and I am an aspiring writer and journalist. Writing has been my passion since I was nine years old. This blog serves as a space for me to share my thoughts with the world. Thank you for checking it out, and I hope you enjoy.

11 thoughts on “Yes, Smart People Like Makeup: Debunking A Ridiculous Stereotype

  1. Those graphs are just art. I agree, it’s such a ridiculous stereotype. I think it’s something to do with the idea that if a girl puts effort into her appearance, the effort and time she puts into other things, e.g learning, magically declines. It’s so stupid. You’re intelligence is determined by your abilities, not by what kind of shoes you’re wearing or whatever

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  2. Agreed! If nothing else, overachievers tend to be perfectionists about EVERYTHING, appearance included, and slackers are quite often seen in overstreched sweatpants. I’m not generalising, I’m just saying this as an observation, but of course, not a rule.
    So yes, down with the silly stereotypes that are not based on anything! Smart goes equally well with makeup as with the au-naturel.

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