“Lookism” extends into professions seemingly detached from aesthetics. Homely quarterbacks earn 12 percent less than their easy-on-the-eyes rivals. “Hot” economics professors—designated by the number of chili peppers awarded on Ratemyprofes-sors.com—earn 6 percent more than members of their departments who fail to garner accolades along these lines.
Oh, this song and dance again—this argument that beautiful people earn a lot more on average than unattractive people. I believe this study to be just as crazy as this argument that overweight women earn more than thin women because they need to make up for the idea that “they may not marry or have the advantage of living in a dual income household.” Um—WHAT. No. Get your conflicting studies together, people. I’m going to go watch this Daily Show clip while you do that.