Jump to Last Post 1-3 of 3 discussions (6 posts)
  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 10 years ago
    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.

  2. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image83
      rebekahELLEposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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?

      1. gmwilliams profile image84
        gmwilliamsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Excellent point you have made!

  3. peeples profile image90
    peeplesposted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      What you have succinctly stated is REALITY and so true!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)