Should the ugly be granted legal protection?

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Should the ugly be granted legal protection

Poll closed Sep 17, 2011.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. sargon20

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    It's well known that attractive people both men and women experience a 'win-win' in many ways. Should we have legal protection for the 'not so pretty'?


    • Who would be the judge?
    • How could we certify someone as ugly?
    • Would we maintain some sort of database of unattractive persons?
    • Would have varying degrees of unattractiveness?
    • What if you had plastic surgery to correct your unattractiveness?
      • And if so would you lose your unattractiveness certificate?

    BEING good-looking is useful in so many ways.


    In addition to whatever personal pleasure it gives you, being attractive also helps you earn more money, find a higher-earning spouse (and one who looks better, too!) and get better deals on mortgages. Each of these facts has been demonstrated over the past 20 years by many economists and other researchers. The effects are not small: one study showed that an American worker who was among the bottom one-seventh in looks, as assessed by randomly chosen observers, earned 10 to 15 percent less per year than a similar worker whose looks were assessed in the top one-third — a lifetime difference, in a typical case, of about $230,000.

    Ugly? You May Have a Case

     
  2. Bbucko

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    I voted no. Some folks just need to work a little harder than others, that's all :cool:
     
  3. Phil Ayesho

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    There are already legal protections for the ugly.
    For example, It is against the law to discriminate on people because of weight.

    But there is no real way to eliminate the advantage of being attractive,
    except thru wealth.

    I see plenty of awfully ugly men with gorgeous women on their arm... if they make enough.
     
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    If you gave half the population plastic surgery so they became stunningly beautiful, you would then just have to start again giving the other half surgery because now they were the ugly half. You cant abolish the fact that some are uglier than others.
     
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    This reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut's story "Harrison Bergeron."
     
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    I agree with BBucko.

    ..... It's like education, some need to work a hell of a lot harder to get the same grades as a naturally talented person. You can't just give them and extra 30% marks to be even the playing field.
     
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    tax the beautiful :rolleyes:
     
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    what about the ones that think they are pretty but ares just so so?
     
  9. MickeyLee

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    surgically altered = nouveau rich
     
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    Really? Since when? I thought it was gender, religion, sexual preference, etc.

    Could you point me to some websites that talk about weight discrimination please? Being totally serious here.
     
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    nice to equate a higher body weight with ugly.
     
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    Too subjective - NEXT!:biggrin1:
     
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    Not being obese, I don't follow such activism.
    However, it is against the law for employers, for example, to discriminate for ANY reason... including obesity.

    In fact, Employers are required to provide accommodation for obese employees if working conditions affect them.

    About the only situation in which the obese CAN be discriminated against is in transportation ticketing.
    Airlines can make the fat buy more than one ticket...
    But I can attest that they do not generally make them do so...


    Beyond all that... the same fight the Gay community is having is the fight the ugly can mount.
    As far as the law... the constitution in the US guarantees equal treatment...

    For everybody.
    Its just a matter of making a fight over it and proving that your treatment is unequal based upon a criteria of, say, ugliness.


    but for me... humans have a right to prefer beauty.

    And it may be harsh... but evolution doesn't play fair.

    The runt of the little certainly feels the world is unfair... but the competition he gets the short end of if probably good for his species, as a whole.
     
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    It might not be polite but it is true. No matter how much people like to pretend otherwise, fat is unattractive. That's not to say that being stick this is attractive, there has to be a balance, but being obese or even overweight is almost always unattractive.
     
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    Weight is not a protected category. If obesity is related to another illness that is categorized as a disability, it can be protected status, but overweight, in and of itself (as in just eating too much) is not considered a disability and does not fall under protection. An employer can discriminate based on weight.

    edit: Thread about similar topic recently

    http://www.lpsg.org/251017-hired-based-on-appearance-3.html#post3569286
     
    #15 umami_tsunami, Aug 28, 2011
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    hmm culturally speaking, historically and current like, "thin is in" is doesn't really represent the world wide opinion of beauty or body image.
     
  17. wallyj84

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    Well obviously beauty is very dependent on culture, but most first world nations have a culture that regard fat as ugly.
     
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    urm, nope. most peoples still see body size as a sign of wealth, beauty and fertility/virility.

    a shift away from the curvy/goddess/ample body is one of the ooks of globalization.

    stupid industrialization *snickers*
     
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    Lookism is more prevalent and harmful than racism.
     
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    Send them to therapy at the government's expense. :biggrin1:
     
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