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Most of us, regardless of our professed attitudes, prefer as customers to buy from better-looking salespeople, as jurors to listen to better-looking attorneys, as voters to be led by better-looking politicians, as students to learn from better-looking professors. This is not a matter of evil employers’ refusing to hire the ugly: in our roles as workers, customers and potential lovers we are all responsible for these effects.
How could we remedy this injustice?...
A more radical solution may be needed: why not offer legal protections to the ugly, as we do with racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women and handicapped individuals?
Originally posted by ararisq
This is a terrific idea (in this world). Defining ugly could be as easy as defining obese. Ugly is a lack of symmetry in the human face so through measurements (not unlike those done to people in the 1920's and 1930's before being ruined by those silly Fascists).
Then we could create a registry of ugly people, give them more rights, subsidize them -- and once the registry is completed eradicate them to clean up the genetic code. People should be white, blond, and symmetric.
[sarcasm of course]
Originally posted by dingleberrysalad
i was just thinking the other day about ugliness. its a shame that we have to label things instead of just thinking of them as they are, and ugly people deffinetely have a harder time. what is ugly? how do we decide? i don't know, but i just realized i'm running out of time on the library's computer so i gotta go
good thread man, you got a good point there
The effects are not small: one study showed that an American worker who was among the bottom one-seventh in looks, as assessed by randomly chosen observers, earned 10 to 15 percent less per year than a similar worker whose looks were assessed in the top one-third — a lifetime difference, in a typical case, of about $230,000.