Attractiveness presents a standard of comparison, when not realized also it may cause resentment and discontent. Those who don’t meet the “attractiveness ideal” may be ostracized within their communities. The television situation comedy Ugly Betty describes the life of a girl faced with adversities due to society’s inviting attitudes toward those they deem not attractive.
Nevertheless, an individual are often targeted for harassment due to their attractiveness. In Malena, a strikingly beautiful Italian girl is driven into poverty by the girls of the community who refuse to give her work for fear that she may “woo” their husbands. The documentary Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheld investigates both the social benefits and banes of female attractiveness through interviews of girls considered amazing.
Scientists have found that good looking students get higher scores from their teachers than pupils with an average look. Some studies using mock criminal trials have demonstrated that physically appealing “defendants” are not as inclined to be convicted–and if convicted are likely to get lighter sentences–than less attractive ones (although the opposite effect was found when the alleged offense was swindling, possibly because jurors perceived the defendant’s attractiveness as easing the offense).