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17 December 2010 @ 04:28 pm
Because sometimes only Doral will do...  
I'm still highly irritated by a blog I read, full of the most ridiculous poorly-thought-out mishmash of faux-feminist b.s. I've read in a long time. This is a blog that wants to cancel "Fairly Legal" unaired, on the basis of only one promo, because Sarah Shahi is too beautiful to be a lawyer and therefore little girls won't want to become lawyers because they can't measure up.

I just.

I've been annoyed by this thing for TWO DAYS. I restrained myself from engaging (okay, that was more because I didn't know where to START than any innate nobility on my part), but GOOD LORD. Like this is the first t.v. show to have an attractive lead actress. She's not even the first attractive actress to be a lawyer, and somehow the profession has managed to thrive for women. I desperately wanted to ask if this blogger is also actively petitioning for the cancellation of "The Good Wife", since I'm sure Julianna Margulies is also a bad influence, being so pretty and all. Or y'know, Mariska Hargitay for police detectives. I would bet a million dollars in the real world, where people actually LIVE, Olivia Benson has inspired more girls to become police officers than were ASHAMED because they're not as beautiful as Mariska.

And that was only the start of the stupidity on display. Seriously, if we had to remove all t.v. shows with unrealistic portrayals of their profession, would we have any left? Heck, I'm kind of excited since I think FL might be closer to what an ADA actually does since the early days of L&O (okay, they might really screw it up, too, and I will have words about it, if they do. But at least they look like they're trying more than your average medical drama). Which of course, this person doesn't know, because she didn't bother to look for more evidence to support her conclusion.

(and she's a law student! supposedly. Which means she got through college! gods.)
Merry F: headdeskivanolix on December 18th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Oh good lord. Does this person not know that fandom pretty much exists because there are unearthly gorgeous people to gush over?
lizardbeth: Facing Katelizardbeth_j on December 18th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
I don't think she was fandom related - it was a "feminist pop-culture" personal blogs that came up on google for the show. And boy was I sorry I read it. arrrgh.
karate0katkarate0kat on December 18th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
That's...wow. That's just...special.
lizardbeth: Facing Katelizardbeth_j on December 18th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
I know, right? *sigh*
klaetificat on December 18th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
I always resent when feminists use the "too pretty" argument. So pretty women aren't allowed to be intelligent, smart and awesome, too? Heh.
lizardbeth: Facing Katelizardbeth_j on December 18th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
yeah, it's like think about what you're saying people! But I guess to them Sarah Shahi should be, like, doing dishes and look dowdy. And not doing a profession she obviously enjoys. morons.
klaetificat on December 18th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
It just goes to show that no matter how progressive society gets women will always be judged on their looks -- even by people who should know better.

entertaining in a disturbing way: Martha Jones considers the possibilitylyssie on December 18th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
That whole idea makes me raaaaage. Girls are intelligent. LOOKS MATTER NOT. (erm, preaching to the choir and all)
lizardbeth: Aerynlizardbeth_j on December 18th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
and the too pretty thing almost always perfectly dove-tails into somebody tossing around "mary sue".

Which makes me want to punch anyone who uses that term these days just on general principles.
ellestra: bewareellestra on December 18th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
because Sarah Shahi is too beautiful to be a lawyer

This is a that's been annoying me for a while. I resent the whole concept of too beautiful (or ugly for that matter). This is stereotyping that works against women in long term. I'm a scientist and there is this myth that only ugly girls are good in science. It's of course untrue. But this stereotype caused my friend to quit science after PhD because she felt she wasn't taken seriously because she was seen as too pretty.

So every time I read comments about that this actress can't be a nuclear physicist because she is too beautiful I feel like screaming at people. They obviously never been in any lab and the only things they know about science comes from shows like The Big Bang Theory. The fact is I now more scientist looking like the cast of Bones then the BBT. (This goes for men too - one of my friends has PhD in molecular biology and is a body-builder so yes there are scientists looking like Arnold)

It's probably even more true for profession like law where looks are one of tools and therefore more important for success.

PS I also agree with everything you said.
lizardbeth: Anders - bluelizardbeth_j on December 18th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Oh yes, it's certainly true. that attorneys are judged by looks. Sometimes in an unfortunate way like my DA friend who was told to her face by a juror that he voted against her because she was fat! And it's also true that on average, attorneys are ... average. But to then take from that the idea that a beautiful woman playing a lawyer is somehow, not just representative, but WRONG. I just. I can't even.

And you are so right about that physics geek stereotype. I have a uni friend who's now a physics prof, and she's a dead ringer for a blonde like AJ Cook. And I once had a crush on a physics post-doc who was OMG SO FUCKING HOT my pulse would seriously start to race when he got close to me. *dreamy sigh*
ellestra: charlie jadeellestra on December 18th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I think on average most people working in professions that are not look oriented are average. But that's just a mean. There's a full range of looks and saying that one of them is not representative for that profession is actually doing more harm then good. There are studies that show that stereotypes affect performance and pretty girls are already told they are stupid by too many sources.

I know that the television (especially American) shows a skewed version of the world where everyone is pretty and thin. I understand the frustration with that but this is the wrong way to fight against it. It just create another harmful stereotype. And in the end the roles go to the same pretty people just remade into less attractive versions of themselves. Like in the BBT.
entertaining in a disturbing way: Romana ftwlyssie on December 18th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
...asdfk. I suppose that Fiona is detrimental to women wanting to be crazy spies. And Roslin? No woman will ever want to be president now, thanks to her.

And the cast of Grey's Anatomy makes everyone ashamed to want to be doctors (well, probably more for the bad science).

lizardbeth: Demminglizardbeth_j on December 18th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Fiona definitely. Roslin I don't think had nice enough shoes for this chick to bitch about.

It's people like this chick who had one legitimate gripe (the 'what does justice look like' promo IS about how hot she is and not much about her competency, but that's why the promos are meant to build on each other). But then she added a lot of buzzwords and propelled herself right past any reasonable conclusion into utter stupidity.

way to make the rest of us (by which I mean all humanities graduates!) look bad!
greygreycoupon on December 18th, 2010 07:40 am (UTC)
I see. So only ugly girls can be lawyers and to be able to be a lawyer, you have to be ugly. So girls watching who may aspire to go into law will decide they must be ugly to succeed? That;s awesome for the self confidence right there.

I only saw the FL print ad and didn't really care for it but this chick can kiss my grits.
lizardbeth: Facing Katelizardbeth_j on December 18th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
Sarah as Kate is adorable, and Michael takes his shirt off a lot. I need nothing more in a tv show these days!

Check out fairlylegal -- I've been putting the promos over there.
Panthera: Methos - Bitch Pleasepanthology on December 18th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
So, what she's basically saying is, 'The professions a woman may enter depend not on her wishes or her abilities, but on her looks, in whichever direction that applies'.

Real feminist grit, there.

Personally, I suspect Little Miss Law Student is simply having a bad case of envy and spite; "I want to be a lawyer and I'm not that pretty, so I'll sneer at it!' Remind her she'll need a psych screening before they'll let her in a courtroom.
cujoy on December 18th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Oh good Lord.