Does society value whether a woman is capable as long as she’s pretty?

So a friend of mine posted this video (below) of this really gorgeous and insanely talented musician shredding it on piano; I mean she’s legit. But I couldn’t help but wonder why she feels the need to dress in such skimpy outfits in her videos. I mean, beyond the obvious truism that sex sells. I just think she’s good enough to let her talent speak for itself. Plus, she’d still be nice to look at even if she were more covered.

But seeing some of the comments on his post from guys to the effect of “Who cares how talented she is when she looks like that! Huh Huh Huh” (not quite those exact words but the gist was obvious—one guy even said she wouldn’t even need to be able to carry on a conversation, and those ARE exact words), plus remembering a story a female friend of mine—who is very smart and very capable in addition to being attractive—who posted about getting into a political debate with an older male on a flight last week who was by turns patronizing, chauvanistic, and basically tried to subvert her arguments by objectifying her, makes me wonder: do most guys want pretty girls to basically just shut up and be pretty? (The Trump effect??? J/K.) I’m trying not to be pompous about this topic, because I like looking at pretty girls just as much as the next guy, but I’m also the type to say, “Yeah, but what else you got?”. And of course, if a woman wants to dress in skimpy outfits that’s her prerogative, but I just think it can become a distraction from objectively recognizing and evaluating her abilities and talent (refrain from making the dumb inevitable joke equating said talent with her looks, please).

So today’s question is: Do we, as a society, actually even value whether a woman is smart and possesses genuine talent and skill as long as she’s pretty?

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