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Beauty Bias

Watch the video: Beauty Bias at
http://video.foxnews.com/v/1752135562001/is-hiring-based-on-looks-discrimination-/#sp=show-clips
And read the article
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2013/0523/Abercrombie-Fitch-What-s-wrong-with-selling-just-to-cool-people

Then answer this questions:
Do you believe that the beauty bias exists? Might it also exist in reverse? Support your answers?
Have you ever seen either beauty bias or similar-to-me bias is the work place? Explain.
What can be done to overcome these biases?
Abercrombie & Fitch not only caters to beautiful, fit, young adults, but they also hire these kinds of employees to work as salespersons in their store, and they refer to them as "models." What is your opinion of this?

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Do you believe that the beauty bias exists? Might it also exist in reverse? Support your answers?

Beauty bias certainly exists as it transcends cultures, religions, and is a deeply ingrained facet of human existence. The reality is that on a global basis, beautiful people are treated better than average looking or ugly people in regard to opportunities, salary, and other important life pursuits. This bias has existed for thousands of years with variations in regard to what was previously considered beautiful as well as some differences in cultural acceptance of what is considered desirable, i.e. in some African countries "obese" women are considered far more beautiful than the Western's model of beauty, but this is more associated with the belief that obese women are more healthy because of their weight, which indicates they're able to afford much food. In most of the world, the more feminine and pretty a woman is, the more likely this person is to be given advantages over others such as receiving loans from banks, less likely to be convicted by a ...

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This solution discusses beauty bias in the workplace.

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