Tuesday, science writer Jennifer Ouellette tweeted thusly:
— Jennifer Ouellette (@JenLucPiquant) May 21, 2013
I sent up a response: “She was quite lovely — and downright brilliant. I pity those who believe someone can’t be both.”
The next day, this vision was visited upon us, or upon some of us anyway:
Meet Laura Fernee, a 33-year-old academic who claims she was hounded out of her work because of her beauty.
Fernee, who has a PhD and worked as a scientific researcher, has been unemployed for two years and now lives with her parents, who very kindly pay for her flat, shopping and expenses to the tune of £2,000 a month.
The Daily Mail, always cattier than thou, notes that her research job paid only £30,000 a year, presumably taxable. And this quote seems a tad disingenuous:
She said men left “romantic gifts” on her desk and she was “constantly asked out”, which she found “sleazy”.
“Even when I was in a laboratory in scrubs with no make-up they still came on to me because of my natural attractiveness.”
You know, somebody ought to do some research into this sort of thing. Can’t be Hedy, because she’s dead; can’t be Laura, because she’s writing a book about how horrible it is to be gorgeous. What’s Samantha Brick doing these days?