Discrimination is the prejudiced treatment of different categories of people, especially on the basis of race, age, and sex. Sexual discrimination is typically seen through the lens of males discriminating against females, a pervasive problem in the work place. What is less frequently commented upon is discrimination of women against other women with particular characteristics.
Women often engage in subtle discrimination against certain types of women. The media’s portrayal of women in advertising and the news business sends messages that females are expected to be super-skinny and gorgeous. Attractive females are presumed to be friendlier, more virtuous, smarter, and higher in socioeconomic standing, which is known as the “beauty is good” effect. A number of attractive women have complained that female bosses who were jealous of their looks and insecure about their own have denied them promotions at work. It is also no coincidence that we rarely see fat, older, and unattractive women delivering the news or in front of a camera. Many decisions to hire people for these jobs are often made by female news executives, who face pressure to put a “pretty face” in front of the camera. Finally, according to Sheila Jeffreys in “Keeping Women Down and Out,” intense competition among strippers and their desire to keep their jobs fuels their discrimination against other women to make them look bad.
In conclusion, some women who lack self-confidence often discriminate against other females who are prettier to make them feel better about themselves. Women often deny women promotion opportunities because of the way they look. This kind of discrimination needs to stop. Females should be more sensitive to the adverse effects of discrimination because they frequently face it from males; the last thing they should want to do is to emulate this behavior.