Prefer to be beautiful to having brains?

(265 Posts)
charlmarascoxo Sat 24-Nov-12 19:31:44

I was asked - would you rather be beautiful and have below average intelligence or would be rather be clever and be dull looking/plain jane.

I went with beauty.

It seems to me that in society having beauty is quite highly valued and life is perhaps easier because you are more accepted. Most people however chose brains over beauty. So perhaps I am in the minority?

StellaNova Sat 24-Nov-12 19:33:54

I would choose brains because there are various things you can do to make yourself more beautiful should you wish to, but you can't make yourself more intelligent than you are.

And also I would just rather be clever than pretty. Luckily that's how it turned out for me anyway wink

Euphemia Sat 24-Nov-12 19:34:01

biscuit

I'm guessing by your answer that you must be beautiful hmm

Parietal Sat 24-Nov-12 19:34:39

Brains - last longer & more earning power than beauty.

StickEmUp Sat 24-Nov-12 19:34:39

I can see what you mean but it fades eventually.

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 24-Nov-12 19:34:40

Hmm yes, I would chose beauty as well. I know I might be shallow but yes beautiful people do get along in life easier.

I am neither sad so I would be thrilled with either.

BarbarianMum Sat 24-Nov-12 19:37:55

I would definitely chose brains - to paraphrase Maya Angelou (actually her step father) "plenty of beautiful women out there digging ditches or worse."

But then, I have never experienced (nor particularly missed) beauty.

charlmarascoxo Sat 24-Nov-12 19:38:06

TessCowDirect I consider myself better looking than most supermodels darling smile

Or ... it was a hypothetical question. I think society accepts beautiful people more. That is just my perception.

I don't think I am beautiful no, and never have I said I was.

quesadilla Sat 24-Nov-12 19:38:20

It depends what you want. Having beauty certainly opens more doors at a superficial level of your life. In more or less all areas of life: romantic, friendship, professional, beautiful people have an early advantage. But it only gets you so far: it won't stop people forever from noticing if you are shallow, thick or nasty. Brains are a more durable kind of advantage: they allow you to outmanoeuvre the beautiful people. And brains last forever - unless you have dementia. Beauty doesn't.

PessaryPam Sat 24-Nov-12 19:38:56

The beauty thing wears out eventually love, it's better to have brains and career.

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FrancesFarmer Sat 24-Nov-12 19:40:19

Brains all the way. I value learning and intelligence more than beauty.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 24-Nov-12 19:40:34

I like being ugly and clever.

But - it might be nice to be beautiful and stupid for a week, say, just to see how it feels.

KittyFane1 Sat 24-Nov-12 19:41:39

Brains - last longer & more earning power than beauty.
Not if 'earning power' includes a below average IQ beauty marrying for money.

Cozy9 Sat 24-Nov-12 19:41:42

I would rather have a bit of both. And I do.

Chottie Sat 24-Nov-12 19:41:44

Brains, first, second and third choice

Beauty fades, but Brains are forever smile

ParsleyTheLioness Sat 24-Nov-12 19:42:15

I am quite clever...not beautiful, kinda average. DD inherited looks from her father (handsome fwit) and brains from me. I observe how people react to her...and I think it would be quite nice to be beautiful for a bit...

fuzzysnout Sat 24-Nov-12 19:42:31

hmm OP are you Samantha Brick?

ParsleyTheLioness Sat 24-Nov-12 19:43:06

Chottie Judge Judy says, "Beauty fades, dum is forever..." makes me lol...

Serious question - how do you think that beautiful people get along in life easier?

Perhaps if they go for a career where their looks matter - yes - but there are thousands of things you can do where you don't need to be attractive.

They might attract a partner easier - but that would mean the attraction was based on what they looked like. If the partnership is to last, there has to be more substance.

McChristmasPants2012 Sat 24-Nov-12 19:44:34

Brains because you can't get by in life soley on looks

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 24-Nov-12 19:46:40

It is a known fact that beautiful people are more likely to do well in an interview and get the job, you get things a lot easier IMO and no I don't think I'm particularly beautiful. I think the most important thing that shines through whether you have beauty or brains or both is if you are a nice person.

I'd go for beauty if you said average intelligence - but below average no, I think the average person is daft enough.

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