Feeds

Hot babes discriminated against by some employers

Can't get jobs in prison service, certain other sectors

The Power of One Infographic

Trick-cyclists in the States have found that being a beautiful woman, while in general good news, is a disadvantage when trying to get certain types of jobs.

“In two studies, we found that attractiveness is beneficial for men and women applying for most jobs, in terms of ratings of employment suitability,” according to Colorado biz-psych prof Stefanie Johnson and her fellow experts. “However, attractiveness was more beneficial for women applying for feminine sex-typed jobs than masculine sex-typed jobs.”

Examples of "masculine-typed jobs" offered by the trick-cyclists included director of security, hardware salesperson, prison guard (presumably in a men's prison), tow truck driver, manager of research and development, director of finance, mechanical engineer and construction supervisor. Hot babes tend to be overlooked when people are hiring for this kind of position, an effect known to psy-profs as the "beauty is beastly" syndrome.

It seems, however, that among men beauty is never beastly. Should you have the good fortune to be a smouldering hunk of delectable manhood, you'll be on the inside track whether you want to be a oil-fire hellfighter or a hairdresser.

"In [perceived manly] 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."

According to Johnson and her allied profs, there may occasionally be some sense in the prejudices shown by personnel managers with regard to the beauty or otherwise of those they hire for given tasks. There may be good business reasons for hiring hotties as receptionists or sales folk, for example.

"One could argue that, under certain conditions, physical appearance may be a legitimate basis for hiring," says Johnson, in a statement issued by her uni. "In jobs involving face-to-face client contact, more physically attractive applicants could conceivably perform better than those who are less attractive. However it is important that if physical attractiveness is weighed equally for men and women to avoid discrimination against women."

The argument here seems to be that beautiful men should be discriminated against just as foxy ladies are. That is, presumably they should be hired less often for certain classes of jobs. It was unclear, though, which jobs should mainly be the preserve of plug-ugly or otherwise unattractive blokes.

Certain obvious sectors do spring to mind, however. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets
Just being in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean there'll be anyone to eat the porridge
Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!
New Horizons is less than a year from the dwarf planet
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.