Problem

Discrimination against unattractive people

Other Names:
Active prejudice towards ugly people
Lookism
Beauty stereotyping
Arbitrary standards of attractiveness
Nature:

The belief that appearance is an indicator of a person's value is based on stereotypes of beauty and attractiveness. When an individual's worth is judged by her physical appearance, she is the object of discrimination.

Incidence:

In Britain, unemployment is 45% higher among acne victims.

Claim:

Beauty is entirely subjective. Even as such, it has no place in determining a person's inner worth.

Counter Claim:

Symmetry plays an important role in the mating preferences of many animals. A well proportioned body may indicate that the animal possesses an immune system capable of resisting infection by parasites, which are known to cause uneven growth of feathers, wings, fur or bone. Or it may signal a more global robustness, one capable of withstanding scarcity of food, extreme temperatures and other environmental rigours. In theory, a symmetrical mate will provide superior genes; just as individuals who have had a good developmental background are more symmetrical.

Broader Problems:
Social discrimination
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
16.01.2018 – 17:38 CET