One of my absolute favorite moments in the Grey’s Anatomy series is depicted in the latter meme. When Cristina Yang states “Oh, screw beautiful. I’m Brilliant. If you want to appease me, compliment my brain”, she really stands for what I believe all women should strive for.
Societal standards tend to prioritize beauty over intelligence. I have experienced this numerous times, the most infuriating of which is when employers will judge someone based on their appearance rather than their qualifications. I’ve sen this happen before and I’ve openly criticized it. While I do not know if I have personally been the victim of this form of oppression in the workplace, I do know that I have been judged thousands, if not millions, of times based on how I look, how big my waistline is, and how pretty my face is.
Personally, I love the quote by Cristina because my intelligence is one of the few things that I actually feel confident about. I take pride in my academic success and I have spent the majority of my educational career in the top of my class. I’ve always put a lot of effort into being a good student and I genuinely enjoy learning. I am a self-proclaimed nerd and I am incredibly proud of it!
If it came down to someone valuing me for my appearance or my intelligence, I would absolutely without a doubt choose intelligence. In all honesty, society feeds us so many lies about self-worth and what the “ideal” body looks like that I don’t even know how anyone values their appearance over their intelligence. Society makes it almost impossible for any woman to value herself for how she looks. But above all else, I believe that intelligence is more important than appearance because it is so much more meaningful. Brilliance will allow you to pursue your dreams and achieve success. I would rather be called “brilliant” over “beautiful” any day.
Stay brilliant my wonderful, smart, intelligent readers.