Not Everything that Glitters is Gold- Physical Attractiveness Stereotype

It has been observed over the years that persons who are more “physically appealing” are perceived in a positive light than others who aren’t as fortunate. However, I put physically appealing in quotations because beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is very much subjective. John Nairaland describes this phenomena as, “physical attractiveness stereotype which is a term that psychologists use to refer to the tendency to assume that people who are physically attractive also possess other socially desirable personality traits.”

 

Talk about judging a book by its cover. How unfair is it to judge someone off of their physical appearance and not by their intellect or personality or even kindness and honesty of their heart.

A Beautiful Convict

A perfect example of this can be seen in the “Free Jeremy Meeks” campaign which started last year when a mugshot of a blue-eyed convicted was posted on social media. Women went crazy! Let me tell you these women completely forgot that he was arrested for possession of a firearm (which could have been used to KILL SOMEONE!!) and as a result this man’s photo went viral. Women worldwide were signing online petitions to free the infamous Jeremy Meeks. He got so much publicity (and we all know there’s no such thing as ‘BAD PUBLICITY’) that he caught the attention of many modelling agencies. The Daily Mail’s March 2015 article headlined: ‘Hot convict’ Jeremy Meeks wins modelling contract despite being behind bars.

 What is wrong with society? Of course he is good-looking but does this make him less of a convict? Apparently being good-looking speaks louder than credentials and character. This also proves that good looking people aren’t necessarily the same as on the inside.

The man who spawned a thousand memes: Meeks' mugshot inspired memes (like the one above) and earned him nicknames like 'Hotty McMug Shot' and 'Mugshot McDreamy'

Physically Appealing Persons Get the Jobs

Research has shown that being physically attractive proves to be significantly effective during a job interview.

If you’re from T&T you may have heard this stereotype that flight attendants and bank employees, to be specific, are usually chosen by their looks. People who have “high colour”, mixed, tall, slim, good-looking- all socially constructed views of what defines beauty- are the one who get the job and by extension “get- through in life”.

The Media Implies this Binary Opposition

You ever wondered why the villains in movies are usually the hella ugly or scary, creepy looking ones and the heroes are fine as ever? The media are the ones who have created these ideas of what beauty is supposed to reflect, and because the media has a such a huge impact it has formed these socially constructed beliefs.

Beliefs that the attractive people are good, as opposed to the less attractive ones who are always the villains. These crucial binary oppositions play a huge role in how society stereotype the physical appearance of people. Such strong binary opposition such as: black vs white; rich vs poor; slim vs fat and good vs. evil are pervasive in many Disney movies.

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Why is Ursula in Black and has over-exaggerated features?

Why couldn’t Ursula be attractive as well?

 

Beauty is not Skin Deep

Beauty is subjective when it comes to physical appearance, however the real beauty is in someone’s mind and heart. Beauty goes beyond the skin.

It comes from a person’s integrity, loyalty and honour. It comes from the person who sees the best in even the worst person, from someone who’s kindness has no limits. Beauty is reflected by such intangible characteristics that its something not seen, but something that is felt. The ability to see beyond surface level and appreciate what the reality of someone truly represents can lead to a less biased society.

REFERENCES:

Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2978166/Hot-convict-Jeremy-Meeks-wins-modelling-contract-despite-bars.html#ixzz3WpjAVPCA
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http://www.nairaland.com/1511018/physical-attractiveness-stereotype

Physical Attractiveness Stereotype. (n.d.). In Alleydog.com’s online glossary. Retrieved from: http://www.alleydog.com/glossary/definition-cit.php?term=Physical Attractiveness Stereotype

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“Where all that traffic does come from Daddyyyy?”- Bumpers Like Rain!

I’m not speaking about the typical connotative bumpers we “jam on” for Carnival. We’re talking bumper to fender traffic piled up on our Nation’s highways, main roads, back roads, nooks and crannies; your granddaddies took to check your grannies. STANDSTILL TRAFFIC, everywhere.

Photo: Wa Chubble is Dis
Photo: Wa Chubble is Dis

It’s Monday 23rd March, 2015… and this is what our roadways look like

Photo courtesy Marlon Arman-Marquis
Photo courtesy Marlon Arman-Marquis
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Photo: CNC3

This “unplanned roadblock” began from as early as 5am exactly one week ago Monday morning, I remember waking up to finding out about endless traffic, statuses going on up Facebook one after the next about “Police checking everything” and “Traffic like mad” I had absolutely no intentions of leaving my house to be held up in traffic for menacing hours.

Children were unable to get to school, employers and employees alike were all unable to reach the workplaces, flights were cancelled, banks were unable to open, the PBR was at a standstill, the EMR jammed and let’s not speak about the Highways. .

The greatest however, were the images that were flooding social networks. Photos taken by the frustrated drivers held up in traffic of Police officers efficiently and meticulously doing their work by checking oil, spare tires etc. because we all know that in T&T the officers of TTPS are the most multi-talented and diverse. However, don’t mind my sarcasm. This was true; the image below is of a news report from CNC3

Photocred: CNC3 via "Wa Chubble is Dis?"

Photo: Wa Chubble is Dis
Photo: Wa Chubble is Dis

See didn’t I tell you they were checking every single thing?!

Let’s stray from this disaster that took place and focus on what the theme of this blog is about…. Stereotypes; this blog entry will delve into “Stereotypes attached to TTPS”

Photo: Wa Chubble is DIs
Photo: Wa Chubble is DIs

By no means are these MY PERSONAL VIEWS, the following are stereotypes I’ve heard over the past few years and the number of them that came up on my news feed during Monday’s roadblocks.

  • Police doesn’t do anything and get paid
  • Police corrupt
  • Police like too much woman
  • Police does take bribe
  • Police wotless
  • Police does wine on people for Carnival
  • Police disrespectful
  • Police like to abuse their power
  • Police slow and unresponsive to crime
  • Police afraid to go in bad man area
  • The worst man you could be with is a Police man
  • Police men are people who failed high school and getting paid more than people with degrees
  • Police were people who used to get bullied when they were younger so now they take advantage of other people

I can bet my last dollar, that you’ve at least heard 3 of these stereotypes; if not then you’re clearly not from Trinidad & Tobago or you’re a Police (no offense). However, are there truths to any of these stereotypes? Comment and let me know.

Now being as objective as I can be with the issue on Monday, the Police are in fact right for protesting for their raise of pay since they have one of the lowest paid jobs in public service as well as having the highest risk. According to the Secretary of the Police and Social Welfare Association, Michael Seales said that members have been complaining that since 2011 there has been no progress in the negotiations with the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO). Seales said the basic salary of a junior police officer was TT$5,123 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) and just about TT$1,000 more in benefits. However, the manner in which they protested by holding our island under ransom caused massive losses to productivity and finances, which set the state back millions of dollars just for that one day. So yes, the police were wrong in the way they protested but they aren’t wrong for wanting a raise in pay.

If you’re a UWI student like me you would remember the strike of the OWTU, the janitors did not clean bathrooms or empty garbage for more than 2 weeks. The stench was unbearable and there was litter everywhere, garbage cans were overflowing and flies and bees were beginning to circulate.

Everyone protests in some way or the other to get what they want, this has become a norm in T&T so don’t be mad at the Police for protesting, be mad at them for holding the state as ransom. Also, don’t lose faith in them they were doing their job after all and very efficiently might I add. At the end of the day the Police are the first people we contact during emergencies and mishaps (excluding the Ambulance) so let’s work together with them instead of criticizing, give constructive criticism, they are not all bad, there are good ones out there.

Let’s just say thank God that T&TEC didn’t decide to strike

😀 :v (y)

REFERENCES:

Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/trinidad-comes-to-a-virtual-standstill-as-police-deny-embarking-upon-industrial-action#ixzz3VqnONyT7

Wa Chubble is Dis via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wachubbleisdis?ref=ts&fref=ts

CNC3 via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television?ref=ts&fref=ts

Guardian: VIDEO: Gridlock across T&T roadways as police conduct stop and search exercises during rush hour traffic. Video: Jeff Mayers / T&T Guardian

Social Media Purge

We build our lives around and about Social Media
Social media buttonsWe build our lives around and about Social Media

Social Media is the greatest gift to mankind… Or so I thought. My first day in the lecture for Communications Technology at UWI, our Lecturer Dr. Smith challenged us to a “Social Media Purge.” This purge entailed staying away from every social forum; that meant no Whatsapp, no Twitter, no Facebook, not even Tumblr. The only forums at our disposal were email, SMS texts and phone calls. We were to uphold this purge for three (3) ENTIRE days!!! That’s like 3 months in Social Media world, do you know how much could happen in those days??

The horror that consumed me when I processed this nightmare of an assignment was overwhelming. This purge was scheduled to begin midnight of this same day, what madness??? Instantly I did what any social, young adult of our era would do, I took it to Social Media to rant of course. I tweeted my disbelief, while followers replied and retweeted, posted on Facebook, getting much support from friends and family in comments.

The night came too soon, I binged on Twitter like I was leaving for a trip to the other end of the world, tweeting literally every 2 minutes. Withdrawals began to kick in before I even began. At exactly midnight I switched off Wi-Fi and Data with the intent to leave it off for 72 hours. I fell asleep in no time. Waking up revived and ready to go, I realized I arrived on time to class- first time ever. Throughout the day my fingers twitched with the urgency to tweet, post or message someone. However, my control was beyond strong. I made a commitment to take on this challenge and be successful, especially after knowing our lecturer would be doing the reverse of our challenge, a “Social Media Binge”.

My first day went by with me finishing assignments that were due weeks ahead of when I did them and again an early rest. On day 2, my friend Johann, from UTT gave me a surprise visit on my campus. All my classes were finished on that day so we took a drive all the way to Chagaramas where we met up other friends who I didn’t see in what felt like forever. We went to Macqueripe beach and had the most spontaneous day. It was an adventure, from driving new routes, walking new paths to climbing trees. I realized the simplest things that day that I would never have if I was able to be on my phone to use Social Media. I even had a girls’ day with my best friend Mervina, we spoke so much uninterrupted by pings and dings of Social Media notifications. I took the time to appreciate the real things and people in life rather than the virtual ones..

By day 3, not using Social Media was way too easy. Assignments were being completed by the masses, quality time was spent with my friends and family and I was able to get enough rest. At the end of the purge at midnight on day 3, I didn’t even want to switch my data back on as I was dreading the flood of messages and notifications- so I didn’t. I left my phone as it was without the Social Forums to annoy me and slept peacefully for a third night in a row.

I can say without a doubt that although Social Media is arguably one of the most evolutionary and fun inventions of the 21st Century, it can cause much procrastination and makes you lose out on life that’s passing you by. Another purge is in my near future. I urge the excessive Social Media users to try it out and see how beneficial it can be and just how much you have been missing out on while sitting and killing  your overworked phalanges and further damaging your already strained eyes. Trust me when I say waking up without those horrid bags under your eyes and relaxing while everyone else is rushing to meet deadlines on assignments is worth it. It may not seem like Social Media is consuming all that time, but giving it a break shows just how much it was taking away.