I believe that we ascribe “smart” and “intelligent” post hoc to power. I believe that powerful people, particularly white men, believe that their power is justified by their genetic endowments.

I believe that a “smart woman” and “smart non-white person” is an oxymoron in this worldview. … The very idea of earning some objective smartness is antithetical to the way most powerful people see themselves and others.

In this worldview, which is the dominant one, beauty is seen as the only legitimate capital that women are allowed possess. But beauty is supposed to serve power’s interests. When beauty occurs in an “unruly body”, such as a non-white person’s body, then it is an existential threat.

AOC’s Attractiveness Drives Us All Mad