According to a new study from University College London’s School of Management, men are more likely to be overlooked for competitive roles that rely upon individual talent – sales positions, for example – if they are perceived as handsome. – Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd
And from the looks of a lot of us men that are out here single (the jury is still out on handsomeness of this blogger) the ladies are passing up good looks in favor of other male attributes. But that’s another blog post altogether.
According to a sobering article in the Guardian good looking men are denied employment upward mobility because -well, they’re good looking.
And the discrimination is coming from other males in the positions of hiring promoting and firing.
Male superiors who fancy themselves as the alphas in your hedge fund, PPI call-centre or longbow showroom will pass you over for promotion, reluctant to place those they consider to be more handsome at the same level as themselves. Superficially, this seems insightful: why would your boss want to make it any harder to lech on the interns at the double-glazing sales division’s Christmas party by removing the one trump card he has – the fact that he earns more than the handsome guys, and can sack them when he wants? – Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd
I find it hard to believe that there are some men in powerful positions that are so insecure they are threatened by another man’s looks. What I find even worse than that is that they would allow that insecurity to evolve into discrimination.
Make no mistake about it this is male insecurity run amok. If the men that are discriminating and hating on other men for the way the look would just stop and snap back to reality they would realize that being handsome comes with its own plethora of impediments.
If I underprepare for a meeting, even a winning smile isn’t going to buy me more than 20 or 30 minutes lateness as I gen up in the nearest available washroom. No sane person selects a dentist or radiographer on the basis of their physical features, although I’m sure some people out there do use attractiveness as a yardstick for competence when selecting a children’s nanny, or pool cleaner. – Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd
And stand alone handsome may get in drawers and get dates -it might be capable of making a business some money I would think.
If said business is targeting a demographic that is attracted to a handsome male said handsome male would be an asset to the business I would think.
But then to hire or promote on one’s perceived good looks of another is discriminatory too.
So what’s the solution to this quandary?
Hire, promote, date, marry, based on skills, background, what you want and need and not appearance.
Embracement of appearance is always in the eye of the beholder and subjective to influences that don’t know you exist.
Hire love and support based on values, morales, and abilities.