How Should We Navigate a World Where Physical Attractiveness Plays Such a Role?

Someone who’s a “looker,” “head turner,” or “easy on the eyes” might illicit a “double take” from an onlooker. A second chance. A do-over. Attention.

How is it fair that people who won the “genetic lottery” (something they have no control over) should get any more chances in this world than anyone else? But they do: in school, jobs, and partners. And they’re often more confident and outgoing (attractive personality characteristics) since they’ve had social success.

Williams is not immune to this phenomena, as any fly on the wall of a Hoxsey house could see: hotter people attract more attention more of the time. Perhaps it’s because a party environment diminishes the importance of other traits (maybe besides dance moves, fashion sense, and pong skillz). Base evolutionary instincts/desires rule. But outside of the party context, do Williams students (a smarter average population) value physical appearance less than the general population?

The articles below go more into depth about the perks of being pretty and what we can do to decrease the divide.

Emily Ratajkowski. Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Yes, Beautiful People Have a Totally Different Experience of Life

Being Dishonest About Ugliness

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