Monday, August 29, 2011

NY Times: It's Times to Make the Ugly a Protected Class

Apparently, this isn't satire.
Why this disparate treatment of looks in so many areas of life? It’s a matter of simple prejudice. Most of us, regardless of our professed attitudes, prefer as customers to buy from better-looking salespeople, as jurors to listen to better-looking attorneys, as voters to be led by better-looking politicians, as students to learn from better-looking professors. This is not a matter of evil employers’ refusing to hire the ugly: in our roles as workers, customers and potential lovers we are all responsible for these effects.

How could we remedy this injustice? With all the gains to being good-looking, you would think that more people would get plastic surgery or makeovers to improve their looks. Many of us do all those things, but as studies have shown, such refinements make only small differences in our beauty. All that spending may make us feel better, but it doesn’t help us much in getting a better job or a more desirable mate.

A more radical solution may be needed: why not offer legal protections to the ugly, as we do with racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women and handicapped individuals?

We actually already do offer such protections in a few places, including in some jurisdictions in California, and in the District of Columbia, where discriminatory treatment based on looks in hiring, promotions, housing and other areas is prohibited. Ugliness could be protected generally in the United States by small extensions of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Ugly people could be allowed to seek help from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other agencies in overcoming the effects of discrimination. We could even have affirmative-action programs for the ugly.
Just what we need: Making Uglo-Americans a protected class. Obviously this would cover the overwhelming majority of liberals, including most of the columnists at the Times.


rich b said...

And they should start with our ugly Jug-eared president. He'd (Omama) scare water.

FedUp said...

Ah Geez! Looks like 95% of Congress will fit... starting with Harry, the Nostrils, Waxman, Nancy "Botox" Pelosi, John "Long Face Kerry... and the list goes on.

Of course that's just the outward appearance. Should we include inward ugliness as well???

FedUp said...

And, Heaven forbid, that we should protect the Stupid among us too...

What's next? Short people, people whose names begin with "Z", people who eat meat, those who are chronically unemployed?

Who gets to decide who fits in each category???

Jes sayin..