The Samantha Brick Effect Or Ladies Don’t Be Hating

It’s hard being a really pretty female. Just ask Samantha Brick. Samantha writes for UK newspaper the Daily Mail and writes articles like I use my sex appeal to get ahead at work… and so does ANY woman with any sense. Clearly she doesn’t rank highly on the feminist scale, but you have to admire her honesty and complete shamelessness.

In a recent feature Brick laments the ‘downsides to looking this pretty’, explaining that “While I’m no Elle Macpherson, I’m tall, slim, blonde and, so I’m often told, a good-looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty – the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.”

While there’s no denying the fact her article is jammed to the hilt with obnoxiousness and an (arguably, misguided) altitudinous confidence in how hot she is, I’m sad to see that her negative hypothesis about inter-female criticism has been proven.

Within 24-hours of being published Samantha Brick’s article received an INSANE magnitude of negative backlash. Particularly from other women. And, most disappointingly, a vast chunk of the criticism was appallingly bitchy take downs pertaining specifically to Brick’s physical appearance.

“Sooze” from Newcastle wrote: What a conceited woman. And believe me l have seen many many a normal woman who is much much prettier than her. You aren’t all that dear! And “Annie” in Toronto commented: Sorry if this sounds mean, but the writer is not that attractive. In fact, she is only marginally ok looking. Her arrogance, however, is breathtaking.

“Heather” in Auckland said This has to be a joke right?!! This is a belated April Fools’ Day prank….. please say it is……. This poor woman is deluded. She needs help.

“Jeannie” from France wrote, I have a message to Samantha – Get over yourself dear, you’re actually a lot less attractive than you evidently think you are.


Way to validate her embarrassingly anti-feminist argument by taking the bait.

What kind of sisterhood are we crafting here if the one foolish, misguided, arrogant representative of our pack has the other women of the world (yes – France, England, Cananda, NZ and elsewhere) going all Mean Girls on her because of one fatuous article on the Daily fucking Mail?

I’m no oil painting, so I maybe I just don’t understand Samantha Brick’s plight of being beautiful; but even over here from the less attractive (and presumably less difficult) side of the fence I truly believe, I hope that most women – unattractive, gorgeous, average or otherwise – don’t think of each other as competitors in some kind of ambiguous Life Contest in the way that she clearly does.

Jezabel‘s Lindy West put it best, so I’ll leave you with her words:

Everyone’s opinions are open to scrutiny-that’s where progress comes from-but Brick’s ideas (if she’s even being sincere) are obnoxious independent of whether or not we think her physical appearance matches her self-perception. There is no magic attractiveness quotient that makes stupid ideas more or less acceptable. I’ll criticize Samantha Brick because her ideas are offensive and divisive, thank you very much; taking her to task for her crow’s feet is sexist, gross, and letting her off too easy.

By giving Samantha Brick miles of rope and an extremely public tree, the Daily Mail is trying to trollify us all. It’s a little peek behind the curtain at how the media deliberately pits women against women for fun and profit. Fuck that. Ladies, let’s stop biting.