A recent study tries to demonstrate a correlation between beauty (or what North Americans take as beauty) plays a role in how much money you make:
Research analyst Kristie Engemann and economist Michael Owyang looked at the possible link between appearance and wages by evaluating previous surveys and research. Their conclusion: It helps to be tall, slender and attractive.
Less clear was whether the less attractive are victims of bias, or if good-looking people tend to develop self-confidence and social skills that simply enhance their marketability.
“It doesn’t’ seem like anti-discrimination laws, even if you enforce them strictly, would be a magic bullet,” Owyang said.
The researchers cited one study that found a “plainness penalty” of 9 percent in wages Ã¢â‚¬??? meaning a person with below-average looks tended to earn 9 percent less than those with average looks Ã¢â‚¬??? and a “beauty premium” of 5 percent.
I’m reminded of Aristophanes’ play, The Assemblywomen, where the women take over Athens and legislate that all must be equal. True equality must go beyond redistributing wealth – Marx is too conservative. Rather, equality begins by ensuring biological equality. They legislated that ugly people would have to mate with beautiful people. You know, give everyone a chance. So ugly old men would mate with beautiful young women (if they still could) and old hags could find themselves a gorgeous pool boy.
All for equality.
I don’t make enough money. From now on, I will advocate that ugly people like me deserve Charter Canadian status. C’mon give me some money. I’m waiting.