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The Greatest Privilege Of Them All, Or Something Like That 2021-01-11 13:32:34

I've always known if a guy and a lady are on the road hoping for a ride, there's a high chance the lady would get a ride first. I had no data for this, but I've seen it happen randomly. When we're doing our first-year first-semester university registrations, the ladies got their files signed first. I can't tell you why just knew the guys stayed on the queue longer. LOL

I came across an article that blew my mind. It seems like attractiveness is the greatest privilege of them all.

A paragraph in the article goes thus...

Attractive people are more likely to be seen as competent and be hired for a job (Busetta, 2013). They are perceived as smarter and having more social grace (Kanasawa, 2010). They are perceived to have better personality qualities like trustworthiness (Dewolf 2014). They are perceived as kinder (Snyder, Tanke and Berscheid 1977). They are more persuasive. They are more likely to benefit from acts of kindness from a stranger. They have greater self esteem (Thornton, 1991).

To be honest, without the research paper references, I'd still have believed it. Because I've seen some family where this plays out. The most attractive daughter getting some preferential treatment. It's bad and shameful on such parents, but it happens.

The following actually got my attention...

This bias for beauty can cause real harm. In a meta analysis of the role of attractiveness in criminal sentencing, it was found that unattractive people received 120–305 percent longer sentences than attractive people. As a comparison, another study found that black people received 6–20 percent longer sentences than white people. Yes, in criminal sentencing, looks were over 10x more important than race.

I have no words for the above actually, honestly.

These advantages start remarkably early. Children who are perceived to be more attractive are treated with more respect and admiration from adults and peers alike, and are more likely to manifest the positive traits, like intelligence and gregariousness, projected onto them, creating a virtuous psychological loop of competence and self esteem. Meaning that into adulthood, better-looking people aren’t just perceived to be smarter and more competent, but, all things being equal, they actually develop into smarter, more competent people.

Since I read the article, I've been thinking about it seriously. My thoughts aren't fully formed yet, but i know this is something many need to be aware of.

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There are too many subconscious clues given off by attractiveness, many are biological. Our minds, the pattern matching machines they are, are looking for reference material when it comes to the idea of how we should interact with a given person. It's easier to interact with somebody you find interesting. This idea could be studied quite easily with social-media avatars. Interesting topic to be sure.
2021-01-11 15:45:08
This is even more a reason to get in a field that doesn't index so heavily on status and beauty. 

I studied Psychology in uni and I remember the main study about attractiveness privilege showing in cases of incompetency, the delta is high in perceived quality between the attractive vs unattractive. However in instances where the competency was sufficient, both the attractive and unattractive got more or less equal perceptions of quality, albeit a little higher for the attractive but in a marginal way.
2021-01-11 17:57:31