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ForbesWoman puzzles me



January 07, 2010 – Comments (2)

The investing and finance world seems to be populated by more men than women, so I was interested to find the ForbesWoman website. It has some interesting stuff like interviews with female CEOs, a Q&A with a female Saudi banker, and articles on work/life balance, which I think is a different matter for women (especially moms) than for men.

Great. Then there's this article under its "leadership" tab: "The ugly truth: The more attractive you're perceived to be, the more you earn and are respected." OK that's probably true and better to be aware of it and confront it than pretend it's a perfect world where competency is all that matters.

And a female columnist, who, after relating a novacain/lipstick experience, sums up with this: "The next day my face was back to normal. I was attractive again, safe, in a state of grace. I'd escaped. But now I don't belittle the importance of beauty by describing it as skin deep. My looks are not a coating over the real me. They determine the real me.” Gack! It is her opinion, but someone chose it for the site.

And, of course, a link to the Forbes site where a male columnist chimes in with: "Next Up: The Boob Bomber -- With airport security tightening, terrorists will have to hide explosives in their breast implants." As headline goes, it's an eye-catcher. He is a plastic surgeon, and I suppose he's got a point ... but, huh?

Kris (Motley Fool copyeditor)



2 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 07, 2010 at 12:03 PM, carcassgrinder (34.05) wrote:

These are shallow vain people.....just exactly the type I expect to find in corporate "leadership" positions.

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#2) On January 07, 2010 at 12:58 PM, lemoneater (57.13) wrote:

Yes, sometimes I'm embarrassed at what is categorized as pertinent or of interest to women.

I've known plenty of women who would never win beauty contests that are capable and respected by their peers. I've also known beautiful women who are capable and respected by their peers. I've also known ugly/beautiful incapable women. Perhaps beauty is an issue in first impressions, but working with someone day to day competence becomes crucial.

I can stop traffic with my looks, but only if I'm standing in the middle of the road!

Have a great day!

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