Thank YOU Clinton.
The researcher Brene Brown used the term “vulnerability hangover” for how she felt after a TED talk, and that’s exactly what I felt after publishing this. It felt risky to expose my deep worries like this, and your warm praise takes away all the sting of it.
Luna, I am very glad of your company on this quest to understand the link between beauty and worth.
I’ve never met anybody who was completely happy with their appearance. Not yet. Even the most “conventionally attractive” men and women I’ve met have still been very self-conscious, sometimes to the point of paralysing…
Thanks for a great — and practical — response, Susie.
A big part of my argument is that beauty is a political issue, and has political effects on whole populations. In this way, measuring our attractiveness against each other turns us against each other.