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

David Mertz mertz at gnosis.cx
Thu Sep 13 06:17:22 EDT 2018

Some books we should burn include:

Title Beautiful Evidence
Author Edward R. Tufte
Edition illustrated
Publisher Graphics Press, 2006
ISBN 1930824165, 9781930824164
Length 213 pages

Title Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think
*Theory in practice*
Editors Andy Oram
, Greg Wilson
Edition illustrated
Publisher O'Reilly Media, 2007
ISBN 0596510047, 9780596510046
Length 593 pages

Title Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data Through the Eyes of Experts
*Theory in practice*
Editors Julia S. Steele
, Noah P. N. Iliinsky
Publisher O'Reilly, 2010
ISBN 1449379885, 9781449379889
Length 397 pages

 Thu, Sep 13, 2018, 4:39 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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