[Python-ideas] Retire or reword the "Beautiful is better than ugly" Zen clause

Giampaolo Rodola' g.rodola at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 05:55:40 EDT 2018

On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 10:38 AM Samantha Quan <sammiequan at yandex.com> wrote:
> First, I'd like to express how grateful I am to see more and more technical communities embrace diversity and inclusivity, particularly big tech communities like Python, Redis, and Django.
> In the spirit of the big recent terminology change, I propose retiring or rewording the "Beautiful is better than ugly" Zen clause for perpetuating beauty bias and containing lookist slur. I realize that Zen is old, but you can't argue that the word "ugly" is harmless, now that society condemns body shaming, and instead promotes body acceptance and self-love. One alternative to that clause I could think of is "Clean is better than dirty", but please do speak up if you have better ideas.
> I ask you to give this change serious consideration, even if it seems over-the-top to you now, because times change, and this will be of great help in the battle for the more tolerant and less judgemental society.
> I understand that this topic may seem controversial to some, so please be open-minded and take extra care to respect the PSF Code Of Conduct when replying.
> Thank you!
>   - Sam
> Some references:
> https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Lookism
> https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lookism
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This is simply ridiculous. I'm not sure if this is political
correctness pushed to its limits or just trolling.

Giampaolo - http://grodola.blogspot.com

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