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    Sunday, August 27, 2006

    Beyond race, discrmination is deep

    Christians naturally discriminate toward beatutful people much like everyone
    else. This is deep and life changing in ways perhaps stronger than race or gender.

    I wonder if the Bible ever spoke of human beauty in a positive sense. I don't
    think so. Just as the Bible never requires a person to be smart.


    While researchers have long shown that tall people earn more than their shorter counterparts, it's not only social discrimination that accounts for this inequality -- tall people are just smarter than their height-challenged peers, a new study finds.

    My observations do not bear this out. Salespeople are usually handsome.
    But that's just simple prostitution and not a measure of intelligence.

    My gut reaction would be that there are many more less intelligent physically beautiful people. In other words, their gain in one area is their loss in the other.

    Although in the large accounting firms I do see good accountants who are
    pretty folks, accounting ability is only a certain small form of
    intelligence, and often a stunted one at that.

    Other studies have pointed to low self-esteem, better health that accompanies greater height, and social discrimination as culprits for lower pay for shorter people.

    But researchers Case and Paxson believe the height advantage in the job world is more than just a question of image.

    "As adults, taller individuals are more likely to select into higher paying occupations that require more advanced verbal and numerical skills and greater intelligence, for which they earn handsome returns," they wrote.

    For both men and women in the United States and the United Kingdom, a height advantage of four inches equated with a 10 percent increase in wages on average.


    Blogger Georgette said...

    I certainly have noticed this in the design professions (architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and somewhat in structural engineering), but amongst white males only. Women and minorities do not necessarily have to fit into the tall category, but beauty and poise are definitely strong suits. But when it comes to the white males, I have long noticed that the most successful business associates are usually tall, and certainly well groomed and as handsome as possible. Until now, I have always thought it was something especially particular to our visually-oriented profession. But apparently it is across the board in all fields and professions.

    Interesting. Good post.

    August 28, 2006  

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