Benefits of ‘pretty privilege’: ‘Average’ woman complains about not finding love, but is there a downside to being attractive?

In the ongoing wokeness of culture, “pretty privilege” is evidently now a thing and one woman went viral after starting an online debate asking whether attractive women are cognizant that their “ugly” counterparts are treated differently.

The conversation took place on a UK-based parenting forum called Mumsnet. The woman was seeking differing opinions on the issue after her “beautiful” friend contended that any woman could go to a bar and get chatted up by men. She would go on to call that an example of “pretty privilege” because only attractive women allegedly experience that scenario.

The post was titled, “Do beautiful women realize that ugly women are treated very differently?”

“My friend (who is very beautiful) got into a relationship not so long ago and said how she hopes I’ll be soon in one too – she knows I’d like a relationship also. Well, few days ago she was telling me to just go to a bar and get chatted up with men, it won’t be long etc. and I’d just had to laugh, and asked her does she remember any man to have ever done that before and why is suddenly [sic] have changed,” the woman wrote.

“I think I accidentally made things akward [sic] because she went really quiet. She pretty much can go anywhere and men will start up conversation or get asked out,” she continued. “And this made me think if she genuinely thought we all have the same opportunities?”

The anonymous woman wasn’t the only one who wondered about that possibility. A number of individuals on the forum claimed there are clear examples of “pretty privilege,” which covers everything from getting job interviews to finding someone to date online.

On the other side of the argument, some contend that being attractive also comes with a downside which includes being harassed and not taken seriously. One commenter went so far as to brand beauty as a “poisoned chalice.”

Many asserted that attractive women have a much easier time when it comes to life in general and they don’t realize that they are privileged because of it.

“It’s been scientifically proven that more attractive people get more privileges in life. More likely to get a job after an interview, people being nicer, holding doors etc. However if pretty people have only ever known life through their eyes they might not see it,” one person commented on the forum, according to the Daily Mail.

“No, she won’t have automatically realised. Especially if she doesn’t consider herself to be beautiful, she would just assume how she is treated is how most women similar to her age are treated,” another person wrote.

Further down in the comments for the post, the woman explained that her main issue is not self-esteem, “I have a mirror, I know what beauty standards are, I can be honest and still love myself. Self-esteem won’t fix genes. It’s a bit rude to ignore it as just a self-esteem issue.”

Others shared the challenges that attractive women supposedly face.

“Pretty privilege doesn’t come without a much higher amount of unwanted male behaviour. Pretty women are often seen as a sexual commodity (“I’d do her” / “she’s a 10″) and not taken seriously in more corporate environments. For that reason I’d hardly call it privilege. But then we only tend see the positives of the things we are envious of,” a commenter pointed out.

“Honestly, I think it balances out. Attractive young women get underestimated a lot, harassed a lot and not seen for themselves, just prized for their appearance. Misogyny gets you one way or the other as a younger woman. It all starts to even out with age. I think a lot of good looking women actually welcome becoming slightly less “visible,” another wrote.

TheLeadbetterLife, commented, “They don’t realise, how could they? On the other hand though, I don’t envy beautiful women. They get a rougher deal in a lot of ways from what I can tell, because they are given special treatment on account of their looks (through no fault of their own), which is a precarious thing.”

“I’ve only ever been judged by my brains and abilities, because my looks are nothing special. Therefore I don’t feel like I have anything to lose as I get older, and my success or failure is within my own control,” the user added.

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