In my continual quest to dig deeply into our complex relationship with beauty (beautiful things and beautiful people), I found another story about the disadvantages of being beautiful. Sure, there are a TON of advantages to being good-looking, and they’re even proven by science.
But we human beings just don’t like it when people have unfair advantages. And so we tend to negatively discriminate against them in order to level the playing field.
I get it in a way. But such bias can really be detrimental.
In the December 2011 issue of Allure magazine, Rebecca Mead illustrates in “Hating the Beautiful” not only how biased against beautiful people we can be, but how influential that bias can be. We’re not talking about just nasty talk around the water cooler or in the ladies bathroom.
Beautiful people are negatively discriminated against in the court room. Amanda Knox anyone? Beautiful people fare less well on job interviews if the interview is conducted by someone of the same-sex (unless the interviewer is attractive herself, then the bias isn’t evident). Beautiful people can get unfair treatment in the office too. Remember Deborahlee Lorenzana who was fired, she claims, for being too sexy?
In a world full of strife, must we ALSO be jealous of and mean to others who may have some advantages over us? Also, who’s to say these beautiful people we discriminate against actually have it so good anyway? Maybe if all embraced our sexuality and own beautiful assets fully, we wouldn’t be so jealous of others.
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