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Lonely, Poor, and Ugly? How Cultural Practices and Forms of Capital Relate to Physical Unattractiveness (Schneickert et al. 2020)

May 30, 2020
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Title Lonely, Poor, and Ugly? How Cultural Practices and Forms of Capital Relate to Physical Unattractiveness (Schneickert et al. 2020)
Author GigaSpergcel
Upvotes 116
Comments 23
Date May 30, 2020 8:13 PM UTC (2 years ago)
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[–]WIA20XX27 points28 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

TL DR - For you dum dums - There's hope for ugly guys, as long as they are social.

If you engage in high brow activities, sports, and drinking, you will look more attractive (or as they say less unattractive)

>Regarding unattractiveness as a dependent variable, all forms of capital (but especially institutionalised and objectified cultural capital) significantly decrease unattractiveness. The cultural practices of highbrow cultural participation (reading, theater, opera), physical activities, and (surprisingly) drinking alcohol decrease unattractiveness, while smoking has negative effects on one’s physical appearance. These effects are stable even when controlling for many socio-demographic variables and other forms of capital.

>Beyond these effects, being single or separated is associated with being less attractive.

But if you're poor, lonely, and ugly - you're considered less attractive.

[–]BitsAndBobs3045 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Itt: I'm fucked. Anyone got a spare neurotypical brain?

[–]MonicaB9211 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I bet you don't even get matches online dating where your non neurotypical brain is not exposed, look up my comment higher up

[–]MonicaB9213 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

If you engage in high brow activities, sports, and drinking, you will look more attractive (or as they say less unattractive)

Or as I say - loaded. All these activities especially when bundled together signal a certain level of having money. That's also one reason why some groups of drinkers live longer as opposed to teetotalers and why higher IQ is correlated (I know - counter intuitive, but you can look it up on the internet - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0160289613001128) with alcohol consumption.

Of course even poor can engage in these activities, but not all of them (as a lifestyle) and not often enough to make a significant difference.

[–]Mohamed_Han4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Of course socializing makes you less unattractive. But that doesn't make a dead end genetic trash like us desirable by women. It may help a little making them respect you but will not be enough to make them love you romantically or desire you physically when you have a repulsive ugly face

[–]Pirateangel113-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I think it is important to note that it decreased unattractiveness it doesn't increase attractiveness. So.. not really any hope.

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[–]AnalGenocideComeBack5 points6 points  (18 children) | Copy Link

Abstract

Physical attractiveness is increasingly framed as a meritocratic good that involves individual benefits, such as higher wages or success in the partner market. Investing in one’s physical appearance is thereby seen as a means to increase one’s human capital. While the positive effects are well documented, its counterpart, the dark side of physical appearance, has received much less attention from social science research. This article sheds light on the negative effects of physical appearance using a theoretical framework based on the cultural sociology of Bourdieu, integrating both structure and agency perspectives. Using data from the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) from 2014, we demonstrate that unattractiveness is socially stratified by economic, cultural, and social capital. The article highlights the relevance of cultural factors (e.g. forms of cultural capital and cultural practices) for the analysis of the interplay between physical appearance and stratification as well as the relevance of physical appearance for cultural sociology.

Conclusion

This article has investigated the relations between forms of capital, cultural practices and the perception of physical appearance. From a critical discussion of some recent approaches in this area of research, we developed a theoretical framework for the analy- sis of unattractiveness based on the cultural sociology of Pierre Bourdieu. Three aspects stand out from this perspective: (1) We focus on the “dark side of physical appearance” by analysing the possible social penalties of unattractiveness. (2) The majority of the research in this area focused on the effects of physical appear- ance on stratification. Recently, studies have focused on agency and the effects of stratification on physical appearance as well. We integrate both perspectives within our theoretical framework and investigate both directions empirically. (3) Finally, we highlight the role of cultural factors, especially cultural capital and cultural practices, in the analysis of physical appearance. Our study shows that physical appearance is linked to social stratification. Regarding unattractiveness as a dependent variable, all forms of capital (but especially institution- alised and objectified cultural capital) significantly decrease unattractiveness. The cul- tural practices of highbrow cultural participation (reading, theater, opera), physical activities, and (surprisingly) drinking alcohol decrease unattractiveness, while smoking has negative effects on one’s physical appearance. These effects are stable even when controlling for many socio-demographic variables and other forms of capital. Beyond these effects, being single or separated is associated with being less attractive. Regarding the forms of capital as dependent variables, unattractiveness decreases the accumulation of all forms of capital. The effects are stable and significant independently of socio-demographic characteristics and cultural practices. Taken together, we find clear associations between physical appearance and forms of capital (and vice versa). While previous studies have largely focused on the effects of attractiveness on economic capital (“not being poor”), social capital or the partner market (“not being lonely”), the relation between cultural factors and physical appearance has received less attention. Our study shows that forms of cultural capital and cultural practices should be included in the analysis of physical appearance and that physical appearance should receive more atten- tion in cultural sociology. It seems that the evaluation of one’s physical appearance must be conceptualised within a broader system of cultural classifications. Therefore, cultural sociology should further elaborate on the role of physical appearance in cultural spheres, especially focus- ing on cross-cultural differences in the nexus of unattractiveness, cultural capital and stratification.

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[–]AnalGenocideComeBack0 points1 point  (16 children) | Copy Link

Then what is the point ? Just asking cause i am not an english native speaker i should i have misunderstood

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[–]Asian-incel8 points9 points  (7 children) | Copy Link

With the amount of work it would take for me to pretend to be interested in the opera, I may as well just work and pay a brothel.

I can see why prostitution is the oldest profession.

[–]arissiro5 points6 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

It’s added so much joy to my life. Best financial trade off there is in my opinion.

[–]BitsAndBobs3042 points3 points  (4 children) | Copy Link

Wish it was legal in my country.

99.9% of reviews of local prostitutes are bad and highlight being pushed to cum quick (I suppose that expensive ones maybe dont do the same) on top of using fake pictures and having no enthusiasm.

Bit biggest problem to me is how unsafe it is from all sides.

Also I truly wish I could find the idea enticing, but it's such a turnoff. Sigh.

[–]Asian-incel1 point2 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

So are you considering pretending to be interested in highbrow cultural activities?

[–]BitsAndBobs3041 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I have plenty of that without pretending, but it's not any of the popular stuff. which ones would you say are popular?

[–]MonicaB9210 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

many do pretend. That's one of the real reasons why they volunteer, go work abroad (for example Americans working in Russian private schools, look up this - https://www.quora.com/Is-Russia-a-nice-country-to-live-in/answer/Misha-Firer), do theatre work, go to yoga/cookery etc. classes, learn foreign lanugages (haha, look up https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Pimsleur he straigh up teaches how to flirt in a foreign lanugage from the first lessons), learn DIY (to then play rescue the damsel and fulfil the stereotypical male role in society) etc.

[–]HoldThisBeer2 points3 points  (4 children) | Copy Link

unattractiveness decreases the accumulation of all forms of capital.

What's going on with the double negative? Why not just attractiveness increases...

4) all forms of capital (but especially institutionalised and objectified cultural capital) significantly decrease unattractiveness.

Again.

[–]BitsAndBobs3042 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

My random possible explanation: the second sentence means that capital brings you from being a -4 to a -1 but not necessarily from a 4 to a 6

[–]MonicaB9210 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

I'm a non native English speaker, and for me it was cristal clear to understand what they wrote. Both the sentences that you quoted don't negate themselves.

Look up the authors - they seem to be non native speakers as well. Most likely Germans.

[–]HoldThisBeer0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

It's not wrong. It's just an unnecessarily complex way of saying something.

My car is less small than yours VS My car is bigger than yours.

[–]AnalGenocideComeBack0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

Thanks for your explanation!

[–]Pirateangel1131 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Building on what Bob said and to make it a little clearer. It will make you less ugly NOT more attractive.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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