Thursday, April 5, 2012

Samantha Brick

Over the past few days, Samantha Brick has taken the internet by storm.  If you haven't heard, Samantha is the woman who wrote an article about women hating her for being too beautiful.  If you haven't read it, you can find a it here.

This article has launched a firestorm of comments: some good, some bad.  One woman even said that Brick looks like a "pit bull chewing on a wasp."  Mean.  

I feel for Ms. Brick.  Not because I think I'm too beautiful, but because I think the main point of her article has gone over everyone's heads.  Women love to bring each other down.  Someone does something better than you?  You automatically hate her.  She's prettier, she's smarter, she has more money, she has better clothes, the list could go on and on.  It doesn't matter that you completely rock your job or that you have flawless skin if her hair is just the right shade of chestnut brown.

For one, I hope we can stop criticizing Ms. Brick's looks.  I also hope that as women, we can stop beating up on each other and taking away from each other's accomplishments.  It's time that we start celebrating each other and encouraging each other to be the best that we can rather than tearing each other down at every chance.  

And if this post starts an internet frenzy....well so be it.


Amanda said...

Very well said Andrea! I'm having a hard time with the article, not because I think she is "too beautiful", but I feel like for her to be as despised as she is, there must be more to the story. I do completely agree with you, that women love bringing other women down, and that hopefully an article like this, even if people don't agree with it, will be eye opening that people, especially women, can go way overboard sometimes!

Andrea said...

This whole story just really upset me. I felt kind of the same way, I felt like something else has to be going on with her. But at the same time, the way that women have reacted to's made me really sad. I'm not saying that we need to celebrate her or tell her that's she's the most beautiful woman in the world, but I don't think its healthy or helpful to call her names and drag her through the mud. I know I do it and it's been done to me. I just wish that women would realize that the accomplishments and qualities of others do not take away from our own accomplishments and qualities.

Just because I'm intelligent or a good cook doesn't mean that someone else is not intelligent or a bad good. It just means that those are qualities that I have and others can have them as well.

I don't think the article was the best written thing, but I think what she was trying to say was really important. Women hate other women for being "better" than them. And it's sad. As long as we keep tearing each other down, that glass ceiling will stay in place.

**Steps off pulpit** for now

Amanda said...

Hahahaha girl you made me smile! You are exactly right! People just need to learn to be nicer (myself included). When did "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" become a thing of the past in modern culture??