- Research from Michigan State finds that overweight political candidates tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents in US elections
- Although overweight men have a fair shot at getting on the ballot, they tend to lose to their thinner opponents
- The research suggests overweight women face discrimination in even getting on the ballot—this finding is consistent with a general finding in the literature that women face greater discrimination based on weight than men
Source: Weight bias in US candidate selection and election. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 2014; 33
- Most discrimination in the U.S. is not caused by intention to harm people different from us, but by ordinary favoritism directed at helping people similar to us, according to a new theoretical review.
- “We can produce discrimination without having any intent to discriminate or any dislike for those who end up being disadvantaged by our behavior,” said one researcher.
- Most people think of discrimination as a result of hostility towards disadvantaged groups, but this review argues that it is more subtle acts, ones people don’t even recognize as causing disadvantage to anyone, that are likely to be much more significant.