I was pleased to learn that the topic this week in my male-dominated political discussion group would be Ayn Rand. If you don’t know, Ayn Rand is a famed female philosopher and author of the novel, Atlas Shrugged. She was no feminist—some would say she was the opposite—but she was strong in her principles, a master of her craft, and admirable for those reasons.
“Why?” we asked.
Imagine my surprise when one discussion leader stated his opinion of her philosophies: “I tend to agree with her, but I don’t take her seriously.”
“I can’t get past her face.”
And so I was reminded of an age-old injustice: women who are not considered “pretty” cannot be admired as much as women who are…