We never say that all men deserve to feel beautiful. We never say that each man is beautiful in his own way. We don’t have huge campaigns aimed at young boys trying to convince them that they’re attractive, probably because we very rarely correlate a man’s worth with his appearance. The problem is that a woman’s value in this world is still very much attached to her appearance, and telling her that she should or deserves to feel beautiful does more to promote that than negate it. Telling women that they “deserve” to feel pretty plays right in to the idea that prettiness should be important to them. And having books and movies aimed at young women where every female protagonist turns out to be beautiful (whereas many of the antagonists are described in much less flattering terms) reinforces the message that beauty has some kind of morality attached to it, and that all heroines are somehow pretty.
petition for there to be a scene in orphan black’s future where cosima and sarah are being held captive and they hear their guards complaining about another clone they’re bringing in and how it took five of them to take her down and sarah and cosima are like “oh, no! they’ve got helena!” but instead they end up dragging in a terribly inconvenienced alison hendrix who doesn’t give a DONALD DUCK about their evil plans because she’s late for soccer practice and how dare they.