Beauty or The Brain?: Deconstructing the "Either, Or" Narrative - Women are So Much More than Their Looks and Intellect

Beauty or The Brain?: Deconstructing the “Either, Or” Narrative – Women are So Much More than Their Looks and Intellect

if she pays no mind to fancy dressing. Then, she has liberated herself from the shallow needs of regular girls and is now on par with her male counterparts. This sentiment has given us oxymoronic slogans like “substance over beauty” and “beauty and brains” and “not like other girls”.

What Does Body Positivity Look Like for Muslim Women?

What Does Body Positivity Look Like for Muslim Women?

The current beauty game is not an individual-based problem. It’s a manifestation of a broader toxic dynamic. For someone as powerful as an influencer to state that concealing a perfectly normal feature of her face and/or body is empowering isn’t just a statement of personal empowerment, especially when their brand is catered to a specific audience which includes young women in their teens and early twenties. It no longer feels valid to hide under the umbrella of “personal choice” or claim ignorance when your contribution to toxic beauty standards hurt young Muslim women who cannot live up to these ideals.

Patriarchal Standards of Beauty - The Muslim Women Times

Rewriting a Culture Rooted in Patriarchal Standards of Feminine Beauty.

Each time you shame another woman because you believe she rates lower than you on the scale of male desirability, you expose your deep lack of self-love and self-esteem. And to achieve a gender-equal world, where women are respected and valued as humans and not objects, rhetorics that define our humanity based on patriarchal standards must end.