Just stick a fork in us if this country ever starts implementing some of the extreme wackiness that comes from the minds of far-left civil liberties activists, especially the lawyer and psychiatrist-types.
Lobby groups for ugly people? Legislation making ugly people a protected class of citizens? “Extending the Americans with Disabilities Act to include the unattractive?” Stop the madness already.
The Boston Globe recently had a report saying that “experts” – in what, I have no idea – have actually suggested ways to end discrimination and bias against “unattractive people.”
According to the Globe:
Tentatively, experts are beginning to float possible solutions. Some have proposed legal remedies including designating unattractive people as a protected class, creating affirmative action programs for the homely, or compensating disfigured but otherwise healthy people in personal-injury courts. Others have suggested using technology to help fight the bias, through methods like blind interviews that take attraction out of job selection. There’s promising evidence from psychology that good old-fashioned consciousness-raising has a role to play, too.
The article goes on ad nauseam about the studies and statistics that prove beyond doubt that pretty people are better off: “Study after study has shown that we judge attractive people to be healthier, friendlier, more intelligent, and more competent than the rest of us, and we use even the smallest differences in attractiveness to make these judgments.”
So, woe are the people who have to wear bags over their heads to interview for a job? Well, not if civil liberties activists can help it.
“A number of scholars see it as fundamentally a civil-rights issue, with the unattractive a class of people who are provably and consistently discriminated against,” the article said.
Texas economist Daniel Hamermesh has gone so far as to propose “‘affirmative-action programs for the ugly,’ or extending the Americans with Disabilities Act to include the unattractive,” according to the Globe.
He even believes ugly people – after acknowledging they are actually ugly – will be thrilled to have legal protection: “I would bet these people already feel themselves disadvantaged, are aware that their looks disadvantage them, and will be pleased to have some protection.”
Where are the great minds wanting to form a lobby to protect humanity from stupid people? I could get behind that faster than a lobby for the f’ugly.
More on this nonsense from the Boston Globe.
H/T: Weasel Zippers for catching this absurdity.