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Looks Matter

By: Bill Rayburn

Page 1, Attractive people seem to have an easier road through life. Why? (approx. 240 words)

 

Looks Matter

 

Comb the jails and the prisons.

Look homeless people in the eye, examine them.

Cruise the areas where losers congregate; the dive bars, the seedy neighborhoods, the pool halls, and the Republican National Convention.

You know one you thing you won't find?

Good looking, attractive people.

 

Why is that?

 

Simply put, more doors open in our society for attractive people. More opportunities are available. They tend to get the benefit of the doubt. Think about it. Don't you react differently (to their advantage) to an attractive person of the opposite sex? I do. Men, historically, are more outward with this behavior, though women are catching up. A lot of it is subtle, but there are obvious examples as well.

 

Is it fair? Of course not. Is it a real phenomenon? You bet.

 

It's a sociological conundrum that is both complex, and simple. Is it merely an inevitable offspring from our superficial culture, where looks are valued far too much, revered even? Or is it deeper than that? I sincerely believe good looking people have received "attention", which can come in a variety of forms, from very early on in their lives. Privilege is the best word I can come up with. It is granted to these people and, quite early in their lives, they begin to expect it and even demand it. It becomes their right, and many of them succeed because of it. 

 

Pretty people feel entitled.

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