It might seem counter-intuitive, but talking about your looks when you're applying for a stereotypically "masculine" job may actually help you land the position, according to a study from the University of Colorado Boulder.
In the study, 355 male and female participants looked at fictitious applications for a construction job. When the applications from physically attractive women included things such as "I know there aren't a lot of women in this industry," or "I know I don't look like your typical applicant," in their written statements, they received better reviews from participants than the babes who didn't draw any attention to their looks.
The study's lead author, Stefanie Johnson, thinks this is because the female hotties seeking employment in male-dominated fields—which include engineering, accounting, and prison guarding—were able to combat both "benevolent" and "hostile" sexism by acknowledging their beauty. According to Johnson, "benevolent sexism," the belief that women are ill equipped to deal with a job's physical challenges and dangers and therefore need protection from occupational demands, was tempered by women saying they know they look fragile but aren't. "Hostile sexism," the idea that women are intruding on job territory that men believe is inherently male, was tempered by women saying they were aware that their appearances were atypical of the usual candidate.
Johnson hopes these findings will help suggest a solution for policing prejudice against good-looking women in the workplace, or as she puts it, "mitigating the 'beauty is beastly' effect." Though, let's be real: All forms of discrimination in the workforce are pretty beastly.
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