An acquaintance of mine recently posted an article from Thought Catalog to her facebook wall chronicling struggles "beautiful girls" face. I don't really want to discuss the merit of the article, the quality of the writing and I especially do not want to get into any kind of oppression Olympics. What I would like to examine is my and others' visceral reaction to an implication by an attractive woman that she is an attractive woman.
The poster of the article expected it would cause a shit storm, she said as much. Predictably it did. There were close to 100 comments arguing about whether or not attractive women have any right to complain, mostly by men. My gut reaction was similar. I wanted to think "you're not that hot." As if because she wasn't technically the most attractive woman in the world it didn't count. My M.O. when I hear a woman openly and confidently discuss her conventional attractiveness is to internally contradict her. I'm not proud to admit this. It's probably a combination of things: social conditioning to always view other women as competition and to be modest above all else, jealousy of a confidence that I lack and a general contradictory asshole-ish nature spring to mind.