Women are not allowed to state that they are beautiful. Fact. ‘How dare she say she is beautiful!’ ‘Arrogant cow!’ ‘That’s someone else’s job.’
You can acknowledge that you are tall, fat, Irish, an architect, jobless, useless, even ugly, but there is an unwritten rule that says women (in particular) cannot admit to being beautiful.
To be fair, I don’t know that many men would be praised for saying that they are good looking either, however, it is women who have been lambasted recently for daring to suggest that they might consider themselves attractive. And I mean people got really angry at them. You also get people annoyed if you wear an expression on your face that suggests that you think you are attractive. ‘That one thinks she is God’s gift.’ Oh the crime!
I should add that this phenomenon is a western disease, as I have heard African and Brazilian women state categorically that they are beautiful with no punchline or false self deprecation and the people surrounding them simply nod in agreement.
SO SCHOOL ME!
Why is a (western) woman not allowed to say she is beautiful? Straight face. No irony. No narcissism. No punchline, just truth. Is this just other people reflecting their own insecurities?
Is it indeed just plain arrogant to suggest that you are beautiful?
Why do women bother with make up and all that gear if the aim is not to be beautiful at the end of it?
Would you like your daughter to be able to state confidently that as well as being well educated, she is also beautiful…or does that sound weird?
How comes you can be beautiful inside without annoying anyone but not beautiful outside?
Is coyly waiting for someone else to acknowledge your beauty a bit like asking for permission to be accepted as beautiful by someone else’s standards?