In these recessionary times, work is scarce for many of us. But if you're deemed unattractive, it may be even harder to find a job, especially if you’re a woman who isn’t considered "pretty."
In 2010, Newsweek magazine polled 202 corporate hire managers (in an online survey) as well as 964 people from the general public (in a telephone survey). Their research confirmed that "in all elements of the workplace, from hiring to politics to promotions, even, looks matter, and they matter hard." (No pun intended.)
68 percent of those surveyed think that "hot" women have an edge as far as getting ahead in their careers. 72 percent think that the “hotties” have an easier time getting jobs. 61 percent of the hiring managers said that it would help women if they wore clothes that showed off their figures at work. (And oh, by the way, 60 percent of these hiring managers were men.)
Ready for the twist? 47 percent of that 61 percent also said that women can be punished for being too good looking. Talk about a double-edged sword!
Does this mean the best way for us to get jobs and/or promotions is to burn our credentials and wear clothes so tight we can’t breathe? Should we spend our 401K reserves on breast implants to get a bonus? Is it me, or have the lines between horny and human resources been crossed?
Part One: Fashion Plates
Click HERE to read Stephanie’s article…
Part Two: Media Babes
HERE to read Stephanie’s article…
HERE to read the original NEWSWEEK article by Jessica Bennett (7/19/10):
Click HERE for The Economist.
Last Words from FF2:
This just in…
“Sexualised images are everywhere,
and the world that has emerged
is one in which no one can afford
to pretend beauty does not matter.”