Do Men Think Some Women are ‘Too Attractive’ for Top Jobs?

Makeup According to a recent study being attractive may be a problem for working women when applying for jobs more usually associated with men such as manager of research and development, director of finance, mechanical engineer and construction supervisor. "In these professions being attractive was highly detrimental to women," said Professor Stefanie Johnson of the University of Colorado Denver Business School. "In every other kind of job, attractive women were preferred. This wasn't the case with men which shows that there is still a double standard when it comes to gender." In one experiment participants were given a stack of photos containing 55 men and 55 women, and they were asked to sort them according to suitability for a job. Interestingly the photos of attractive women were matched with jobs like receptionist or secretary and they were overlooked for jobs like director of security. However, according to Professor Johnson, beautiful people still enjoy a significant edge overall. She says they tend to get higher salaries, better performance evaluations, higher levels of admission to college, better voter ratings when running for public office and more favorable judgments in trials. I suspect that some men may find it threatening to have to answer to a woman they find attractive, and indeed it is harder to "categorise" women if they are both smart – and attractive, as the stereotype of someone serious enough to be considered a "career woman" and attractive enough to be "his girl Friday" have long been mutually exclusive. 

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