Where are the ugly ones? There are more and more voices that warn that they do not look as ugly as before. Neither ugly nor ugly. Those in the know say that we do not see them because, simply, we have banished them and also those who maintain that they have them hidden, teleworking. Yes, it is true that more and more different types of beauty are accepted. Picassianas. Daring. But ugly ugly and ugly ugly?
They won't find them. We have banished them and even the word that defines them: ugly, ugly, who says that nowadays? It seems that in a few years it will become as detestable as any sexist or racial epithet. Time to time.
That exclusion, aspectism, as hidden as it is evident, is as old as history and, according to economics expert Leopoldo Abadía, it is discrimination that is practiced daily in almost all interviews to obtain a job. Too often, those who do not match the canons of beauty are rejected, without saying it, of course.
A pre-pandemic study by the Ideas Foundation already warned that discrimination is a stubborn social reality, difficult to eradicate and with a great capacity for mutation in an increasingly diverse society. He warned even then that the number of ugly employees a company has says a lot about it. And he proposed that discrimination based on physical appearance be recognized by law. And punished.
Meanwhile, this is a world in which those of us in the crowd are pulling for the greater enjoyment of the really handsome, the movie handsome (of the old ones). And that science has shown that they have more self-esteem problems because, poor people, the social pressure that maintaining so much beauty is unbearable. Even more so if they are aware that their gift can make their more sensitive colleagues sick: venustraphobia or rejection of beauty is the restlessness suffered by enough people for the phenomenon to have a name in clinical psychology.
But don't stress. Let them be calm. I am certain that the law that shields those whose faces hurt from being so handsome will come out sooner than the one that saves those punished for being ugly. Today, for now, you can celebrate Beauty Day.