You’re too pretty to work here

It’s a phrase I’m certainly never going to hear, but that doesn’t mean nobody ever will:

While many see no downside to being beautiful, a professor at the University of Colorado Denver Business School says attractive women face discrimination when it comes to landing certain kinds of jobs.Dr Stefanie Johnson, UC Denver School of Business

In a study released in the May/June Journal of Social Psychology, Stefanie Johnson, assistant professor of management at UC Denver Business School, found that beauty has an ugly side, at least for women.

Attractive women were discriminated against when applying for jobs considered “masculine” and for which appearance was not seen as important to the job. Such positions included job titles like manager of research and development, director of finance, mechanical engineer and construction supervisor.

“In these professions being attractive was highly detrimental to women,” said Johnson. “In every other kind of job, attractive women were preferred. This wasn’t the case with men which shows that there is still a double standard when it comes to gender.”

Farkers considering this matter speculated as to whether “the head researcher is a smoking hot chick,” which of course has nothing to do with the photo of Dr Johnson above.

What I want to know in cases like this is the assumed source of the perceived problems with these applicants. Is it the frustrated male underlings, who presumably will never, ever have a chance with her? Or could this be evidence for Morgan Freeberg’s theory of power and pulchritude?

There is a large, and perhaps still growing, contingent of mostly females who believe it’s quite alright for some among their sisters to be prettier than they are. And more powerful. Just not both.

Graph of pulchritude vs. power

(Note: Individual data points were chosen by Mr Freeberg. Your mileage may vary.)



  1. ak4mc »

    8 August 2010 · 11:39 am

    I’ve said it before: the one thing a woman can have that does the most to maker her attractive is, she’s interested in me. If she’s only acting that way to get hired, well — maybe they’ll give her my job.

  2. Jeffro »

    8 August 2010 · 6:53 pm

    Yechh. According to Freeburg Whoopi>Behar>Walters? I’d say he got ’em backwards.

  3. CGHill »

    8 August 2010 · 7:29 pm

    Baba Wawa always said that she got her first job in the business on the basis of having a nice pair of gams.

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