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

Calvin Spealman cspealma at redhat.com
Thu Sep 13 09:16:17 EDT 2018


I came into this thread reading the subject and thinking "over my dead
body!" until I read your well-thought reasoning and gave even a little bit
of thought to the idea.

You're absolutely right and while I think its very unlikely to get enough
support I do think it is a very good suggestion, totally reasonable, and
that we *should* change it.

I ask everyone on this thread being rude to please step back and try to
look at the issue without your bias and knee-jerk reactions. Even if you
can't change your minds, at least be more civil about it.

On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 4:38 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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