One (non-scientific) pattern I've come to notice in the ≈60 episodes of @NobleBloodTales I've written is how many interesting women from history are described as spectacularly beautiful. (THREAD)
(Of course, there are infinite interesting women in history. I'm speaking of the ones with the largest body of work written about them, the ones who captured the attention of the —literate—diarists and public intellectuals at the time).
Because, for a long time, a woman's only avenue to power was proximity to power—marrying an important man, or becoming an important man's mistress. THAT gave them money and freedom to pursue arts and passions. It gave them connections to interesting people who wrote about them.
So, even though I'm stating the obvious: being beautiful isn't necessarily the same thing as being noteworthy. but there's a good period of history where, when it came to women, you could be forgiven for confusing the two. (END)

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