Beauty SkiN Deep?

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“Lookism” is a crime most foul in a perfect world devised by radical feminists, though most women will usually overlook the crime when a good-looking man gives them a respectful once-over.

But researchers in England, source of our common law, have
identified a real crime: Jurors are more likely to convict “ugly” defendants than “attractive” defendants.

A Crime Most Foul

The Bath researchers asked 96 volunteers to read a transcript of a fictitious mugging case, look at a photograph of the defendant, and render a verdict. All the mock jurors got the same transcript, but half got a photograph of an “ugly” defendant and half a photograph of an “attractive” defendant. Jurors who voted “guilty” were asked to pass sentence.

More jurors voted to acquit the attractive defendant than the ugly one, and even when guilty, the attractive defendant got a lighter sentence.

“People who are physically attractive are assumed to be clever, successful and have more friends,” …. “It’s tragic, in a way.” Especially if you’re innocent and ugly. The principle applies even to the law-abiding. Beauty,.. “is associated with kindness, intelligence and sporting ability.”

O.K. Truth serum time.
How many of ya admit that at times you may have believed that a good looking guy or gal possessed other socially desirable personality traits.

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Study after study has shown us that attractive people are generally seen as more valuable members of society, which invariably leads to their receiving preferential treatment.

Attractive people are viewed as having a more desirable personality and more skills than someone of “average” appearance.

Handsome men are perceived as more masculine, and beautiful women as more feminine, than are less attractive individuals (Gillen, 1981)

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Attractive defendants in a fictitious burglary case received lesser sentences than unattractive defendants(DeSantis & Kayson, 1997)

Looks Matter
Unattractive children, described as having misbehaved, were more likely to be blamed for their action than attractive children described as participating in the same behavior (Dion, 1972).

These findings support Dion, Berschied, and Walster (1972) in their conclusion that “what is beautiful is good.”

Why do you think “stars”..cough, cough and “celebrities” are chosen to endorse products that they have absolutely no expertise in evaluating.

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If anyone was considered “unattractive” in high school, they can vouche for these studies’ authenticity. Women suffer extraordinarily from this phenomenon.

The old tune “I’m in with the In Crowd” speaks volumes.

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The halo effect is positive..and concerns the general expectations that we build about a person after we know a bit about their main traits. angel.gif

For instance, when we perceive someone as being a happy person, we tend to think they are also also friendly, but we tend to think that quiet people are timid.

The devil effect, or horns effect, is the polar opposite ,where individuals judged to have a single undesirable trait are subsequently judged to have many poor qualities.

There are reasons why are we attracted to certain individuals and not others.

So, try not to place a value judgement on this question…and don’t be defensive..lol silly.gif

Have you ever, sweet friends, found yourself judging someone positively or negatively simply based upon their “looks”?

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18 Responses to “Beauty SkiN Deep?”

  1. Perri Nelson says:

    Frequently.

    It was a hard lesson to learn that when I did so it said more about me than about the person I was judging too.

    It’s also an inbuilt bias that’s hard to overcome.

    Great post!

  2. Layla says:

    When I was in high school I was considered an ugly duckling—SPIT! The most miserable years of my life. Girls/women are the most petty of them all. When others recall their high school years with fondness-I just want to forget forever mine.

    I learned at a too young age that looks will get you–but not keep you. I also learned the secret of getting even over the years—I took care of my self – and the last time there was a reunion I had the last laugh and all the B*****’s who used to tease me for being 30 pounds over weight–heh–they were all fat mama’s-wrinkled up and looked twenty years older than their true age. They did not recognize me but when they realized who I was they could not believe.

    That was my sweet revenge. And you know what–I still could careless what others think-or if they approve of me. I am who I am. But that reunion was the best of my life—–that is why I say to be careful who you judge or criticize–lest you fall prey to the very same thing.

  3. InRussetShadows says:

    Sure, I do it all the time. I think, “Whoa, there’s this foxy chick. I’ll bet she’s smart, saved, likes metal…” And then I stop and laugh at myself.

  4. freedom now says:

    Is this the start of equal opportunity prosecution of good lookin’ people?

    And will ugly people be entitled to government benefits?

    If so, I want to start filling out the paperwork as soon as possible.

  5. Mike's America says:

    I served on a jury considering a criminal domestic violence case on Friday.

    Neither defendant was attractive in the slightest.

    So what were we to do but judge the testimony and follow the law!

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  8. Butch says:

    You firecracker you…

  9. nanc says:

    i look more at their hygiene. a person can sometimes NOT afford to be fashionable or chic, but one can NEVER afford to be dirty or smelly. there is no good excuse for poor hygiene. none. good hygiene covers a multitude of fashion sins.

  10. nanc says:

    …and, it helps to be a fox besides…*:]

  11. Stanford Matthews says:

    I never had a legitimate reason to support people’s affection with plastic surgery. There may be a practical purpose for the surgery after all. To keep one’s butt outta jail.

  12. Brooke says:

    I’m with Nanc on her assertion; looking at hygiene, (not makeup/haircut) is a habit I picked up while working at the hospital.

  13. benning says:

    I have, and sadly still do. But I also tell myself I don’t know what I’m talking about. That “inner monologue” goes on all the time! LOL

  14. michael says:

    I guess it’s a good thing that my kids are beautiful, huh?

  15. Gayle says:

    It’s a fact, Angel, but it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Some of the nicest people I know are as plain as a fencepost or just plain ugly, but they are beautiful people. Some of the most outwardly beautiful people I have ever known have been beautiful only long enough for one to get to know them. Upon discovering that inside they were ugly they no longer appeared to be beautiful. Beauty without empathy and character to go with it is nothing but a total waste.

  16. Angel says:

    Thanks all you beautiful pple for the comments! :)

  17. KarLMMmm says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…i can’t help but remember the Twilight Zone episode on subjective beauty, i just wish Rod Serlings message could be heard today…over the sounds of lipo,botox etc…”everything is beautiful in its own way”

  18. TJ's Anti-Contrarian Blog says:

    First, I do not think Angelina Jolie is attractive in the least.
    For those who are considered attractive (but not in an erotic way), I think this beauty flows from within and is exhibited on the outside in many cases.

    There are those who would otherwise not be considered attractive except for that inner beauty that manifests itself on the outside.