If you are a woman society deems overweight, they also think you are probably a criminal. Why? Because your excess body weight gives you the energy to be a jewel thief that many of us lack? I don’t know. It’s pretty crazy.
According to Slate:
a team of Yale psychologists released a study indicating that male jurors—but not female jurors—were more likely to hand a guilty verdict to obese women than to slender women. The researchers corralled a group of 471 pretend peers of varying body sizes and described to them a case of check fraud. They also presented them with one of four images—either a large guy, a lean guy, a large woman, or a lean woman—and identified the person in the photograph as the defendant. Participants rated the pretend-defendant’s guilt on a five-point scale. No fat bias emerged when the female pretend peers evaluated the female pretend defendants or when either men or women assessed the guilt of the men. But when the male pretend peers pronounced judgment on the female pretend defendants, BMI prejudice reared up. Jesus wept. The justice system and our basic faith in male decency took another hit.
The study offers further depressing insights. Not only did the male pretend jurors prove “significantly more likely” to find the obese female defendants—rather than the slim ones—guilty, but the trim male participants were worst of all, frequently labeling the fat women “repeat offenders” with “awareness” of their crimes.
This is obviously an insane bias, because anyone can be a criminal! Anyone who wants to be! Right after running a marathon you can go rob Cartier’s! I don’t know. It’s silly, prejudice against the overweight exists in America, the sun will probably continue to rise and set as normal, the world is mildly depressing.
Thank God it’s almost Friday.
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