a blog with cultural bulimia.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Laws of attraction.

We find that unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparison to average-looking ones, and very attractive individuals commit less crime in comparison to those who are average-looking," claim Naci Mocan of the University of Colorado and Erdal Tekin of Georgia State University.

(They) aren't sure why criminals tend to be ugly. Other studies have shown that unattractive men and women are less likely to be hired, and that they earn less money, than the better-looking. Such inferior circumstances may steer some to crime, Mocan and Tekin suggest. They also report that more attractive students have better grades and more polished social skills, which means they graduate with a greater chance of staying out of trouble."

"The ugly face of crime" via Kottke
But who decides what 'beautiful' is?

It's a shallow world the one we live in. I'm part of that world, no denying it (see previous post). And then, there is the power of the media, bombarding images of unattainable ideals, creating fake desires in people's mind.

It's a constant battle trying to get over preconceived notions of beauty or why they matter: will it be the ultimate sign of maturity?