Headline, July 02 2021/ ''' '' THE BEAUTY TAP '' '''


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IF THE PRIME MINISTER OF PROUD PAKISTAN, O''Captain Imran Khan, was not so splendidly handsome, he would have probably got less than 1/4th the votes that propelled him to the highest office.

THIS VERY STARK TRUTH, in spite of this first-tier world leader's outstanding all round accomplishments for his country and Mankind.

Just days ago, The New York Times put him right on a complete page spread. And this particular honor, for sure, also got influenced by the respect and love The World Students Society brought to his leadership and to the entire world.

LOOKISM : IN SURVEY AFTER SURVEY BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE are described as trustworthy, competent, friendly, likeable and intelligent, will ugly people get the very opposite labels. This is a version of the halo effect.

Not all the time, but often, the attractive get the first class treatment. Research suggests they are more likely to be offered job interviews, more likely to be hired when interviewed and more likely to be promoted than less attractive individuals.

They are more likely to receive loans and more likely to receive lower interest rates on those loans. Beauty is the currency that society and the world really likes to trade in.

A MANAGER SITS BEHIND A TABLE AND DECIDES he's going to fire a woman because he doesn't like her skin. If he fires her because her skin is brown, we call that racism and there is for sure a legal recourse.

IF he fires her because her skin is female, we call that sexism and there is for sure a legal recourse. If he fires her because her skin is pockmarked and finds her unattractive, well, we don't talk about that much, and in most places of the developed world and, in most places in America, there is no legal recourse.

THIS is puzzling. We live in a world that abhors discrimination on the basis of many traits. And yet one of the major forms of discrimination is lookism, prejudice against the unattractive. And this gets almost no attention and sparks little outrage. Why?

Lookism starts, like every form of bigotry, with prejudice and stereotypes.

Studies show that most people consider an ''attractive'' face to have clean, symmetrical features. We find it easier to recognize and categorize these prototypical features than we do do irregular and ''unattractive'' ones. So we find it easier - from a brain processing perspective - to look at attractive people.

Attractive people thus start off with a slightly physical advantage, But then people project all sorts of widely unrelated stereotypes onto them. In survey after survey, beautiful people are described in splendid labels.

The discriminatory effects of lookism are pervasive. Attractive economists are more likely to study high-ranked graduate programs and their papers are cited more often than papers from less attractive peers.

One study found that when unattractive criminals committed moderate misdemeanor, their fines were about four times as large as those of attractive.

Daniel Hamermesh, a leading scholar in this field, observed that an American worker who is among the bottom one-seventh in looks earns about 10 to 15 percent less a year than one one in the top third. An unattractive person misses out on nearly a quarter-million dollars in earnings over a lifetime.

The overall effect of these biases is vast. One 2004 study found that more people report being discriminated against because of their looks than because of their ethnicity.

IN A STUDY published in the current issue of the American Journal of Sociology, Ellis P. Monk Jr, Michael H. Eposito and Hedwig Lee report that the earnings gap between white and Black adults.

They find the attractiveness curve is especially punishing for Black women. Those who meet the socially dominant criteria for beauty see an earnings boost; those who don't earn on average just 63 cents to the dollar of those who do.

Why are we so blasé about this kind of discimination? Maybe people think lookism is baked into human nature and there's not much they can do about it. Maybe it's because there's no National Association of Ugly People lobbying for change.

The economist Tyler Cowen notices that it's often the educated coastal class that most strictly enforces norms about thinness and dress. Maybe we don't like policing the bigotry we're most guilty of?

My general answer is that it's very hard to buck the core values of your culture, even when you know it's the right thing to do.

OVER the past decades, social media, the meritocracy and celebrity culture that is almost pagan in its values. That is, it places tremendous emphasis on competitive display, personal achievement and the idea that physical beauty is an external sign of moral beauty and overall worth.

A WORLD - any society that celebrates beauty this obsessively is going to be a social context in which the less beautiful will be slighted. The only solution is to shift the norms and practices.

One positive example comes, oddly, from Victoria's Secrets, which replaced its ''Angels'' with seven women of more diverse body types. When Victoria's Secret is on the cutting edge of the fight against lookism, the rest of us have some catching up to do.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Beauty, The World and Coinage, continues. The World Students Society thanks author David Brooks.

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