Physical attractiveness biases in ratings of employment suitability: In search of the "beauty is beastly" effect
Podratz, Kenneth Eugene
Dipboye, Robert L.
Master of Arts
The "beauty is beastly" effect, in which physically attractive females are held at a disadvantage in selection for male sex-typed jobs, is often cited in the physical attractiveness bias research, but has rarely ever been replicated. This study addresses the issue of stimulus sampling, a key shortcoming in previous attractiveness research. Using a large sample of photographic stimuli, as well as a larger number of jobs than is usually used in such research, this study replicates the effect and demonstrates that it is more reliably driven by the extent to which physical appearance is seen as important for a given job, rather than a job's sex-type.