The physical aspect, unfortunately, can decide if your life is easy or an obstacle course.
There is a lot of talk about racism or sexism as a form of discrimination, and these phenomena receive a lot of media coverage.
However, a very common type of discrimination that is socially accepted is discrimination based on physical appearance, known as “aspectism.” Non-attractive people suffer a series of discriminatory consequences that we are going to review in this article.
Discrimination based on physical appearance and its consequences
Discrimination due to physical appearance or aspectism is a very widespread phenomenon today. In a culture that rewards physical beauty, ugliness is punished in different areas of people’s lives: interpersonal relationships, work, in social events …
Some experts such as the North American psychologist David Marks agree when stating that “ugly people suffer from lookism , that is, discrimination based on physical appearance, which occurs more frequently than the racism or sexism that is talked about a lot today and that is socially very penalized “. The aspectism goes unnoticed and it does not seem that things are going to improve, since there is neither an interest nor social conscience to solve it.
Discriminatory attitudes towards the ugly
Some time ago, Juan Antonio Herrero Brasas, professor of Ethics and Public Policy at the University of the State of California (USA), who usually gives classes in some American multinationals, told the newspaper El Mundo that: “when I go to give talks to executives in these great companies, all the assistants have an imposing physical aspect. There are almost no individuals who can be classified as ugly ”.
So. Are less attractive individuals discriminated against? What discriminatory attitudes do they suffer? In the following lines you can find a list of discriminatory consequences suffered by ugly people.
1. They are more likely to suffer bullying and mobbing
It is frequent to hear news about the harassment that some children or adolescents may suffer at school or institute ( bullying ) or some employees in the workplace ( mobbing ). This harassment does not have to be physical, but is usually psychological.
A well-known case of cyberbullying for this reason is that of Lynelle Cantwell, a Canadian teenager who was chosen as the ugliest girl in the institute by a group of anonymous profiles that spread this fact through social networks. Luckily, Lynelle was not silent and has appeared in various media to expose what happened, with the mission of making everyone aware of this harsh reality suffered by many children who are not exactly beautiful in terms of physical appearance.
But this phenomenon is not only exclusive to the youngest, but adults also discriminate and harass due to physical appearance. According to a study carried out by a group of researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame (United States), which was published in the journal Human Performance , the ugly are more likely to be harassed in their workplace . The study subjects were 114 employees of a health center located in the southern United States.
2. They make less money than handsome men
Some scientists also claim that the ugly make less money than the handsome.
The University of California conducted a study that was published in the Journal of Economic Psychology , and the results show that less attractive people earn 12% less on average than handsome individuals. As the group of scientists explains: “these conclusions are applicable in different societies and in different workplaces.”
3. Fewer job opportunities
But not only do less attractive people suffer discrimination when it comes to getting paid, but they also have fewer opportunities to work. This concludes a study conducted in 2010 and led by Ze’ev Shtudiner and Bradley J. Ruffle of Ariel University in Israel and the University of Ontario in Canada. According to the results, a normal person has to send twice as many resumes as attractive people to get a job.
Likewise, a study by Sergio Urzúa and Florencia Bóo Martín carried out in 2011 concluded that the handsome, compared to the ugly, receive 36% more responses from the companies where they apply for work.
4. They are seen as conversationalists, not objects of desire.
The ugly are victims of a series of stereotypes. An example of this is the great impact that the agency “Ugly Models” has had by not hiring attractive but ugly models.
Hollywood surely has something to do with this fact, but the truth is that the ugly are seen more as conversationalists than as objects of desire. In relationships with other sexes, they are often relegated to the role of friends, so they have less chance of reaching something else.
5. And they have fewer opportunities to flirt
Therefore, this causes the ugly to be less accepted by others in terms of relationships and, consequently, they flirt less. In fact, it makes quite an impact when someone sees an ugly person with an attractive person. On these occasions, it is often thought that there must be an economic interest behind it. As if the ugly did not have qualities to make others fall in love.
In reality, the ugly have a number of seductive weapons and qualities that can be highly valued by other people. If you want to know what they are, you can read our article: “ Why do the ugly flirt? 7 keys to understanding it “
6. They go unnoticed at social events
And it also looks weird when an ugly is popular. Generally, ugly people are not the popular people in high school or the “cool” people at parties.
The ugly tend to stay in the background and are often rejected by people who do not take two minutes to know how much they hide inside. Being handsome or pretty opens many doors for you, being ugly or ugly closes them.
7. They are less remembered
Beautiful people are more remembered than ugly people. This is what a research led by Michael Baker of the American University of East Carolina shows, which was published in the scientific journal Evolutionary Psychology .
According to the conclusions, the fact of looking at the faces of attractive people can be pleasant for the human organism and improve memory, so that ugly people are less remembered than beautiful people. Not only that, but the same research found that beautiful people increase the motivation and focus of the people they associate with.
Likewise, there are many social experiments that have been carried out in recent years that show this reality. Below you can see two videos that exemplify how men treat beautiful women and how they treat ugly women:
As you can see, the attractive woman was escorted to the place she intended to go and was even invited to eat. And in the case of ugly women, what is the reaction of people? Well, the opposite happens. Here you can see it: