Forget ‘white privilege’, the privilege of being attractive (or not) has a much greater impact on our lives

Forget ‘white privilege’, the privilege of being attractive (or not) has a much greater impact on our lives. By Ramasha Afridi.

How we look — even though it is superficial and immutable — has a huge influence on whether we succeed or fail in life. So why is no one raging about lookism, rather than obsessing about racism or sexism? …

The truth is that there are countless privileges, such as attractiveness, intelligence, age, social class, culture, and family structure, all of which are factors that can have a fundamental impact on the outcome of a person’s life.

It is not often that we hear about the privilege of an attractive individual gaining opportunities simply due to their looks, or someone being born in a well-off family using their resources to achieve further upward social mobility, or a very intelligent person winning prizes simply due to being talented or gifted.

The list of privileges is endless and can influence where an individual will reach in society. However, these types of privileges rarely get the same level of attention as white privilege. …

‘Lookism’ is a term that describes differential treatment of people with varying degrees of attractiveness; it hurts those who are considered physically unattractive, while attractive people are able to get unfair advantages. This form of discrimination is often swept under the rug, yet it is rampant. …

This raises an uncomfortable discussion of how looks really do matter in society and the privilege of being attractive can significantly help an individual’s chances. It also highlights that the talk of white privilege is a much easier debate compared to other debates such as lookism, which is often considered a taboo topic as it reveals that beauty can overcome talent and hard work in various circumstances.

New landscapes of virtue signaling and opposing oppression beckon.  This sounds like a job for the woke mob, in the name of equity. Ugly and average people of the world unite against the good-looking! (Except that they want to go out with them.)