According to Professor S. Hamermesh, author of Beauty Pays, people who are considered unattractive or to use the less politically correct term, ugly, tend to have a harder time being hired. He further indicated that there is often a covert discrimination against people based upon their looks. He also stated that people who are deemed unattractive, bad-looking, or ugly will have to navigate negativity in terms of finding jobs, being datable/marriageable, choice of housings, and other areas of life.
Professor Hamermash further indicated that if a person is unattractive, bad-looking, and/or ugly, he/she would be wise to choose low visibility careers or careers where one's physical appearance is not the main indicator. He maintained that in a survey, 55% people who are unattractive, bad-looking, and/or ugly tend to be less satisfied with their lives than their more attractive counterparts. He concluded that there is a strict correlation between looks and happiness.
Unattractive, bad-looking, and/or ugly people are often thought of as less and inferior. They are also see as outsiders, the other, inferior, and marginalized, even ostracized. Children considered ugly are treated worse and punished more harshly for the same offenses than those who are more attractive. They are also more likely to be abused by parents, teachers, and/or other adult figures. They are also teased and bullied by other children. Teens who are considered unattractive, bad-looking, and ugly are considered less datable and less popular, even unpopular. Adults who are unattractive, bad-looking, and ugly are often at the periphery of the social scene and are hired in less visible positions.
Unattractive, bad-looking, and ugly people are considered to be flawed. In more ancient time, they were considered to be evil. In many myths and folklore, evil people were ugly. Even in movies, villains and otherwise unconscionable characters were unattractive, bad-looking, and ugly. Remember, the saying ugly as sin. Yes, ugly people were and are still demonized to a degree. Let's discuss this.
In this society, being good looking, attractive, and/or beautiful has myriad advantages socially and socioeconomically. Those who are on the opposite pole are at a severe disadvantage. They are judged and viewed quite negatively. They have a harder time in society.
I think these are rather broad generalizations. It is society itself that brands people. If we were smarter and more in touch with our inner selves rather than the outer appearance, we would see how silly it is to judge a person on an 'attractiveness ladder'. Beauty fades, then what? How many physically attractive people have you known that are not so attractive from within?
I don't necessarily see the fact they have to pick low profile jobs as wrong. Companies that are looking to hire a candidate who will have to have large amounts of face to face contact with the public must put business first. ALL people are more inclined to look at things that attract them.
I can see why an unattractive person would be unhappy sometimes. After all doesn't everyone have that insecure moment where they feel bad about themselves?
Of course an ugly person would be less datable if they were expecting to date someone attractive. I also don't see this as wrong. Everyone fits into a group of people and that is likely where they will find their mate.
Everyone has it harder somewhere. Attractive women often have a hard time being taken serious. They are often treated as bimbos. Everyone fits somewhere and doesn't belong somewhere. It's just part of life. It's when the person can't accept that, where they become lost. It isn't a bad thing. It just is.
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