Would you support legislation to stop discrimination against ugly people?
This is being advocated by an economics professor and author of a book about beauty. He writes, “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.”
He goes on to suggest that we should provide legal protection to people who are in the bottom percentiles of attractiveness so they aren’t discriminated against.
What do you think about this? Do you feel like you’ve had advantages because you’re attractive, or experienced disadvantages because you’re not? If you were a very ugly person, do you think you’d be more likely to support this legislation? Is there anything we can do to stop discriminating against ugly people without resorting to legal remedies? Should ugly people take matters into their own hands, and try to fix their attractiveness with plastic surgery?