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


Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com