This young woman is sick of being judged by how she looks and now the internet has turned on her.
Frequenters of the Cosmopolitan magazine’s online counterpart will surely have seen the now infamous article published by American journalist, Felicia Czochanski a few days ago – detailing her daily struggle as someone widely deemed to be pretty.
Czochanski writes of how being catcalled and receiving unsolicited attention from strangers doesn’t flatter her, instead making her feel like a living Barbie doll whose physical and intellectual achievements don’t matter.
She explains that the realisation that her appearance had certain implications happened when she was a teenager, and it meant that “I was still trying to figure out who I was for myself, while the rest of the world simply decided who I was based on my appearance,” she wrote.
Despite neglecting to regale us with tales of her achievements as an athlete and intelligent young person, she’s sick of being measured and referred to by her physical appearance.
Feeling objectified is something no one should have to deal with, but the Internet doesn’t seem to sympathise.
Her article was responded to with a tidal wave of poorly-punctuated backlash, comments streaming in asking if the article was supposed to be satirical and, more scathingly, whether Czochanski owns a mirror.
Among them were other similar words of bitterness:
“Please tell me this sh*t is a joke. The girl looks like a space alien. What a diluded [sic] idiot” spat one Facebook user.
“Is this a f***ing joke!!?? Are we supposed to feel sympathy for you because you have it so rough?? If you are going to complain, complain about something that matters. #patheticsh*t” ranted another.
Among the deluge of negative attention, there were some who championed Czochanski for being bold enough to implicitly address a serious inequity in self-expression:
“If a woman says she’s ugly, nobody has a problem with that. But the moment she says she’s attractive/smart/good at her job, she’s arrogant. #doublestandards,” said one reader via Mamamia.
As for the ‘good at her job’ part, according to Mamamia, Czochanski had shared the article on her personal Facebook profile, ecstatic that she had been published.
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