Paul L. Caron

Monday, August 9, 2010

'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful'

This is a problem I have struggled with for years:  Chronicle of Higher Education, Professors: Hot at Their Own Risk:

Research shows that attractive people do better in life. They are treated better by teachers, doctors, even strangers, and are more likely to be hired and promoted than those who are less attractive. But in academe, being hot has a downside: Professors who are considered too good-looking can be cast by their peers as lightweights, known less for their productivity than for their pulchritude. ...

Although research shows that students give better teaching evaluations to professors they think are attractive, good looks can also be a burden in the classroom.

Students have been falling in love with their professors for decades. But the professor used to be a larger-than-life figure on whom the smitten student nurtured a quiet crush. Now sites like RateMyProfessors allow undergraduates to broadcast their feelings, sometimes in the crassest terms.

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I think this subject is probably funnier for men than for women.

Posted by: mike livingston | Aug 10, 2010 10:24:08 AM

I skipped seems for some good reasons. Some.

Posted by: P. Aaron | Aug 10, 2010 4:08:08 AM

Having lived in the Tri-State area for a number of years I'd say you are correct in your first statement, Dr. Caron. However, that doesn't say very much about the rest of the folks in the area. A review of party photos in the Enquirer would confirm that. ;{P

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip | Aug 10, 2010 3:50:02 AM

This post is useless without pictures!

Posted by: Vadept | Aug 10, 2010 3:21:57 AM

Ahh life isn't fair, story at 11.

Posted by: Dat_Truth_Hurts | Aug 9, 2010 10:08:25 PM

It is impossible for me to put into words how little sympathy I have for those that "suffer" from this "problem." It's like one successful black guy in 1962 complaining about the color of the carpet in his office while millions of other AAs were still marching in the streets for any semblance of basic civil rights.

Posted by: Adrian | Aug 9, 2010 8:43:14 PM

The truly important thing to note here is that it's a good thing somebody dedicated the time and effort to preserving old 1980s haircare commercials, or they would have been tragically lost forever!

Posted by: Max Headroom | Aug 9, 2010 8:30:13 PM

Paul: "This is a problem I have struggled with for years."

lol! So, that's how you got so far! Your haircut must have a lot to do with it, too. Be strong and keep fighting 'em off!

Posted by: Woody | Aug 9, 2010 1:38:03 PM