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Pretending To Be Dumb Isn’t Cute, So Stop Doing It

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Everybody has that one friend, let’s call her Stacey, who is beautiful, and she knows it. She gets a lot of male attention because of her looks, and she basks in the fact that every guy wants to be with her. Stacey has a problem, though. The second she comes in contact with any guy, she turns into a complete and total idiot. She dumbs herself down and acts like a total ditz, for reasons unbeknownst to you. It sucks, but it’s a sad reality that everybody has a friend or at least knows a girl who turns into a complete bimbo around men.

I don’t know when or why girls got the notion that guys are even remotely interested in hanging out with stupid girls. That’s just not a thing, and we need to give them more credit than that. Guys don’t want a bimbo who needs help tying her shoes. They want someone who can hold a conversation and challenge them. They want someone with wit and brains, because otherwise, they’re going to get bored really easily. Why do you think guys go after crazy girls? Because they’re interesting, and it takes a really long time to get to know every aspect of who they are. No guy wants to date an idiot, and if he does, then he’s not the kind of person you should be spending time with in the first place.

So why is it that, despite the fact that it’s 2015 and women have more power and a higher status than ever before, we are still fighting the stereotype that pretty and stupid are two synonymous attributes? Why do people automatically assume that a beauty queen will be dumb, just because of her looks? How is it possible that people are prejudice towards both ugly and beautiful women?

Part of the reason is simply because people are mean. They jump to conclusions and judge each other too harshly based on superficial things. It sucks, but it’s the world we live in. The other reason people think that pretty girls aren’t intelligent is because of the scores of beautiful women who feel the need to dumb themselves down the second they come in contact with guys. They’re not only hurting themselves by pretending to be unintelligent; they’re also hurting every girl who uses her brain to prove that women are worth more than tits and ass. They make us look like morons, and that shit has to end.

I’m not talking about legitimately stupid people. I have way more of a problem with smart girls who act stupid than girls who are just genuinely dumb. Stupid people aren’t doing anything wrong. Sure, they’re annoying to hang out with and face palming yourself every time they ask an unnecessary question gets old, but at least they’re not pretending to be something they’re not for no reason. I’m also not saying that you should suppress your femininity. It’s okay to get excited about things like Pinterest and glitter and Diet Coke and whatever else girls are obsessed with these days. You shouldn’t have to pretend to be an Einstein. You also shouldn’t act like you’re at a third grade reading level. Honestly, I don’t know why anyone would.

Maybe girls do it because they want attention, and acting like you need someone to hold your hand and explain everything probably warrants a lot of one-on-one time. Maybe girls are afraid of coming off as nerds, and not the cute “I just found this pair glasses so now I think I’m dorky” nerd, but genuine bookworms. For whatever reason, it’s time to clear the record.

Acting dumb is not cute, and everyone needs to stop doing it. You or your parents or someone paid a lot of money for you to receive an education that is better than most people in the world will ever have the opportunity to experience. You worked hard for whatever diplomas you earned, and sacrificing those achievements by dumbing yourself down isn’t fair to you, those who have helped you through years of hard work, or women who are trying to debunk the myth that women can’t be as smart as men. Any reasons that people like Stacey concoct to justify pretending to be an idiot are bogus, and you owe yourself more than that. You deserve to live up to your full potential and make meaningful contributions to the world. Let people see how smart you are; don’t be a Stacey. Be the insightful, opinionated, and educated boss ass bitch that you are.

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Lucky Jo

Lucky Jo is a former and current TSM writer who likes her men how she likes her coffee: way too hot and unforgivably bitter. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016, proving that C's do in fact get degrees. She now spends her days working for a social media marketing agency, hiking with her dachshund, and trying to bring back the scrunchie. Hate mail and goat memes can be sent to lucyjmulvihill@gmail.com.

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