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Attractive women overlooked for certain jobs

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This article from the Toronto Sun made me laugh when I think about how appearances play such a big role in Korea.

Attractive women faced discrimination when they applied for jobs where appearance was not seen as important. These positions included job titles like manager of research and development, director of finance, mechanical engineer and construction supervisor.

They were also overlooked for categories like director of security, hardware salesperson, prison guard and tow-truck driver.

Umm…do attractive women really apply to the last 3 jobs??  I’m not trying to be sexist and I know that attractiveness is subjective but come on!

“In these professions being attractive was highly detrimental to women,” researcher Stefanie Johnson said in a statement, adding that attractive women tended to be sorted into positions like receptionist or secretary.

Okay that’s pretty sexist.

But Johnson said beautiful people still enjoyed a significant edge when it came to the workplace.

They tended to get higher salaries, better performance evaluations, higher levels of admission to college, better voter ratings when running for public office, and more favorable judgments in trials.

“In every other kind of job, attractive women were preferred,” said Johnson, who chided those who let stereotypes affect hiring decisions.

Okay that sounds more like Korea.

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August 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm

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