Pretty people suck, at least according to our fearless military leaders, who believe that attractive women will destroy our nation’s defense forces. A new report suggests that the military is now angling to avoid photos of good looking female soldiers in their promotional materials. Unsurprisingly enough, the call for the use of less attractive women in advertisements was proposed by a female colonel. Girl be hatin’. Said girl, Col. Lynette Arnhart, has been in the military for years, and in recently leaked emails, displayed thinking that is chauvinistic, but also kind of makes sense.
She wrote, “In general, ugly women are perceived as competent while pretty women are perceived as having used their looks to get ahead.” She went on to say, “There is a general tendency to select nice-looking women when we select a photo,” Arnhart said. “Such photos undermine the rest of the message, and may even make people ask if breaking a nail is considered hazardous duty.”
We all make judgements based on looks, and as a general rule, we should probably stop. Except the Army looks hard as hell, no matter who is in the brochures. We’re going to keep that assumption alive.
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