Catherine Hakim Writes A Whole Book On How To Be Stupid

Catherine Hakim, author of Erotic Capital, wants women to use physical attractiveness to get ahead in their careers. She says in an interview:

“Discrimination is part of life itself.  […] We discriminate between good restaurants and bad restaurants. We discriminate between people who are intelligent and stupid. We discriminate between people who are competent politicians and incompetent politicians. We discriminate between people who are attractive and unattractive.”

That we do. But there’s an obvious fallacy lurking in there somewhere; isn’t it that when we “discriminate between good..and bad restaurants” we do so precisely among factors that inform our decision to be eating at any restaurant in the first place? We discriminate between “intelligent and stupid” people precisely because stupid people, as opposed to intelligent ones, will ostensibly be less qualified and capable than we might require. In other words, we’re discriminating against the qualities that go against our intentions for choosing one over the other. On the other hand, to discriminate between the attractive and the ugly should add no value given that physical attractiveness has no bearing on how someone can and will perform in the workplace.

A woman using sex to get ahead of a man, careerwise, is analogous to a man using physical force to do the same.

Catherine essentially wants people to think as superficially as she does; since men, on average, find it easier getting up on the corporate ladder, she’ll suggest, to even out the playing field, it’s perfectly fine for women to leave their brains out the door and show some cleavage instead. Catherine thinks she’s empowering women, but in reality she’s doing the opposite.

She’s no doubt pleased with the sheer lunacy that is the cast of Jersey Shore, the Kardashians, and people like Heidi Montag, who, despite their idiotic interiors, are somehow able to get by on physicality alone. (Well, maybe not the cast of Jersey Shore.)

Then again, maybe this is all just the kind of tongue-in-cheek, agent-provocateur type of nonsense authors tend to do nowadays to get attention to their books. One wonders how she was able to stretch this childish ideology into a whole book. It must be one hell of an intellectual lobotomization.


Posted on September 1, 2011, in crap, society, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed your critique. I just published my own albeit lengthy one, that echoes your own sentiments about this atrocious book, refs Stepford Wives, anti-feminism, the whole deal – and at the same time critque a right-wing popular female journalist who celebrated this book in the UK publication The Daily Telegraph. A great read. Thank you. Best, bobbygw

  2. A pleasure – keep those book/political critiques coming!

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