Jamie Reidy hurts his pea brain trying to think of genius women throughout history.
I recently discovered College OTR’s ranking of the Top Ten Ugliest Colleges. And perusing the list got me to the thinking.
Nine of these ten colleges are what I would call “smart schools.” Only St. John’s, a commuter school in NYC, isn’t ranked among the most difficult acceptance-wise.
(Full disclosure: my mom went to St. John’s after she aced the math portion of her SATs. Apparently, she wasn’t only a curve buster grade-wise, but in attractiveness, too! I say that in a completely non-creepy way, and with the hope she remembers this blog when Christmas shopping.)
Applying a logical conclusion to these unscientific rankings, I can only deduce that smart people are ugly.
Think about it. Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Doc Brown. I doubt any of those guys got any ass in college.
For comparative purposes, I wondered if well known genius women are unattractive, as well. Sadly, aside from Marie Curie and the girl who played “Winnie Cooper” on TV, I struggled to name names off the top of my stupid head.
So, I googled “famous smart women in history.”
And nearly spit water all over my laptop screen, thanks to “Top Notch Mama”, a student looking for wisdom.
im writtin an essay but i need an example of a smart woman dat contribute to society wit her knowledge
OK, so Gertrude Stein she’s not. But it gets even better. Do your self-esteem a favor and scroll down through the entire list of answers.
“Opera.” I realize this isn’t a spelling bee, but it would be nice to get the spelling correct when answering a question about intelligent women.
“Conellisa Rice.” At least this responder knew she didn’t know the spelling.
Here’s the thing about those two answers: Ray Ray and Mrs. Nighs were active participants on the internet. They could have googled the names and simply cut-and-pasted the correct spellings. Call me Mr. Sighs, I guess.
But Countess provided my favorite answer to “Who r some famous intelligent women?”
I bet those three responders went to hot colleges.
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That’s where I originally ended my pithy blog.
But a question has been gnawing at me all day: What in the name of Lawrence Summers gives?
Why can I rattle off guys like Oppenheimer (atomic bomb), Watson & Krick (DNA), and Moore (computer chip), but I hardly know any female superstars in engineering or science?
Maybe that is my fault. Perhaps that’s the fault of historians. Or, maybe my co-editor Joanna Schroeder is right: men steal all the good ideas from women. (That’s certainly the case in the “Scooby Doo” cartoons; Fred totally rips off Velma’s theories.)
What do you think is the reason behind the glaring difference in notoriety between men and women in these fields?