How attractive we are affects our outcomes in life.
|Dan Hammermesch of University of Texas|
pic from University of Texas here
I don't know how they measure this, but it's something to do with symmetry. Dan Hammermesch of the University of Texas knows about it. He has done research into this and found that ugly men get paid worse than better looking men. Dan found that the same was true for women, but not so marked for two reasons:
- Women get paid worse than men anyway
- Ugly women simply aren't in the work force.
Anyway, in saying all this he managed to upset Mormon women, who generally do unpaid work in the home.
|Very boring unpaid work... if you want to give|
me some money I'll pay someone else to do it!
I do mainly unpaid work too. A lot of it in the home (although I'm thinking of moving to a nudist colony somewhere hot so I don't have a laundry monster to kill any more). I didn't make that decision because of my ugliness. Actually I was the main earner when we decided that the way things were going wasn't working. My husband is the main earner now, and he's done better with his career than I feel I could have done (I'll not bother with the whys) to date. It's also given me a chance to write, which I love doing.
pic from here
And what's come later? Well there's lots of instances where beauty standards have been challenged as being racist, ablist, and exclusionary on other grounds.
At the moment I am loving the work of Tess Munster, a GAWJUSS plus size model from LA who started the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards to challenge the exclusion of fat women from fashion (and it's become so much more than that). She also wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post: How I Learned to Love my Fat, Naked Body. Tess is fabulous, strong, and inspirational. She makes me want to make an effort (which is fun with a bit of time), and to get tattoos (so it's lucky I can't think of anything I'd want tattooed!). Thanks Tess!
Do you think beautiful people do better in life? And where are you seeing beauty standards challenged?
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