Is the measure of a woman her brains or her bra size? A lot of young UK women seem to feel it’s the latter: A new poll found one-third would trade IQ points for bigger boobs.
The survey of 1000+ 18-25 year-old women also found that 41% would rather gain a cup size or two than greater intelligence. And 44% said they would rather be slimmer than smarter, while nearly the same percentage said they would give up IQ points to be their “ideal dress size.” The reasons given were that bigger breasts or a slimmer figure would make them “feel happier, be “more confident,” attract more men and do better in their careers.
This makes me so sad Do you know what big boobs can get you? Attention—and maybe certain privileges—from men. Do you know what a high IQ can get you? Practically anything you want.
Not that big boobs and intelligence are mutually exclusive, obviously. But … sheesh. Intelligence makes you independent—it’s something you can use to take care of yourself. Big boobs might attract a man (or woman) to help you out or take care of you, but staking your well-being and livelihood on someone else taking care of you is generally not a great option.
Please note that I’m not trying to put down the young women who said they thought big boobs or a slimmer waist would bring more to their life than more brainpower. These women don’t just create that message in a vacuum—it’s reinforced through experiences, media, culture. A whopping 79 percent of women surveyed said they’re judged more on appearance than on intelligence. With that in mind, perhaps it’s a wonder more of them didn’t go for the boobs over brains.
But while it’s indeed kind of tragic that so many young women feel this way, I wonder if the results would vary with older women. As a teenager and young adult—with few years yet in the workforce or university, and finding a mate high in your mind—the benefits of being attractive are quite tangible, while the benefits of intelligence may seem a bit more distant. I hope that women with some more life experience would place what you do in higher regard than what you look like.
At 29, I’m no genius or Victoria Secret’s model, but I have been blessed in life with both decent looks and a decent IQ—and I can tell you that brains have gotten me a lot further than beauty thus far. That’s something that’s only likely to hold more true with age. Looks fade. Attraction fades. Boobs sag. Love ends. But intelligence is something you can keep with you throughout life.