Thursday, August 31, 2006

Which do we value more?

I just read this op-ed piece in the LEO, by a former stripper who now teaches creative writing and is working on a PhD. In the face of her damning final paragraph, I have to ask:

Which, as a culture, do we value more: a bright, creative woman who teaches young adults to express themselves in writing, or a sexually appealing woman willing to dance seductively? If where our treasures are truly indicates the location of our hearts, then I don't think I'm going to like the answer.

2 comments:

Liam said...

There are so many that we can add to the list: nurses, social workers, child care workers...

Brian Cubbage said...

Amen, Sandalstraps and Liam. I've said it before: One has to find the act of teaching intrinsically rewarding, because there are certainly few extrinsic rewards to be gained from it. This is exactly why Kant claimed that the soul had to be immortal: Otherwise, how could we be sure that the cosmic accounts of justice would balance?