Listen up darlings, because I’ve got another rant. I keep reading romance novels where the hero comments on how the heroine is “beautiful and doesn’t even know it” as if he is praising her. Ugh! This implies not knowing that oneself is beautiful is a desired trait in a woman, while knowing oneself is beautiful, is not.
I get that the hot, mean girl trope gets invoked a lot and bitchy and beautiful there go hand in hand. But what’s wrong with a woman being beautiful and knowing it? Not to use her beauty to manipulate but because she feels beautiful in her own skin? Because she feels confident and loves herself?
Why is that not considered a desired trait?
Why does beauty have to be something that is pointed out to her by a man? How about more stories where we see beauty outside the accepted standards recognized? And where that woman knows, regardless of accepted standards that she is beautiful already? I’ve seen the first part happen in a lot of books but it is rarely accompanied by a heroine who already knows she is beautiful.
Is anyone else bothered by this?
I’m Tellulah Darling saying I’m beautiful and I know it. Say it with me because you are, too!
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