Claire Willett posted a comment on the usage of Booth Babes during tech conferences. Her argument is false and based on the current populist beliefs, to which every politically correct company must adhere.
I, however, am not politically correct, nor am I a company (or represent one in the context of my social comments), so I’ll call it the way I see it:
Claire: You’re full of crap.
Here’s my full response:
All other things being equal, you’d want a pretty woman rather than an ugly one, or even a modest one, thus proving that a pretty woman is preferable. Taking that preference to the limit is just being sensible.
All other things being equal, you’d want a smart woman rather than a stupid one, or even a modest one, thus proving that a smart woman is preferable. Taking that preference to the limit is just being sensible.
Neither of these traits project any characteristics that the woman has achieved. They breathe for 20-30-40 years, and are smart or pretty. They don’t go through extensive training to become pretty or smart. They just are or they aren’t.
However, we berate pretty and adore smart. For some reason, both are more or less fixed properties over which the woman has little or no control.
So, it’s OK to say "I don’t care if a woman is pretty as long as she’s smart" but you’re a pig if you say "I don’t care if a woman is smart as long as she’s pretty".
It’s a bad thing if you put up a booth with 10 pretty women who can’t do basic algebra, but it’s perfectly OK if you put up a booth with 10 highly intelligent women who could scare the devil in the dark by just appearing.
However, back to the original point: All other things being equal, you’d want to pick a beautiful woman over an ugly one. That gives beautiful women an advantage while ugly ones still need to be smarter to be as desirable. Your point is thus moot.
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