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Self-esteem is more than skin-deep

RE “Who speaks for the ugly” by Ruth Graham (Ideas, Aug. 25): The idea that it’s wrong to penalize people over things they can’t help is a self-evident truth that can help a lot of physically unattractive people. This truth trumps any findings from evolutionary psychology or other social sciences.

It may be true that bias against the physically unattractive is everywhere, but so are diseases and evil. It would be worthwhile for unattractive people to resist the bias that comes their way, even if it did nothing more than save their self-esteem.

Tim St. Vincent


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