Last weekend I walked into Mambrino King for lunch. There were two people working, one of which I found more physically attractive than the other. I assumed, without thinking, that the more attractive person was the manager.
Thirty minutes later I figured out that the person I found less attractive was the manager. Oops. I didn’t realize I had made this common mistake of workplace bias–that we are more likely to attribute status to those we find attractive.
And so makeup exists. Hair transplants exist. Instagram filters exist, all in a desperate attempt to make ourselves appear more attractive to a vague societal expectation.
The way I see it we have two solutions: Optimize for attractiveness, or recognize bias. I’m choosing the later.
[I wrote a popular blog post about this back in December, called “YOU’RE SO PRETTY“]