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A quick and easy rule to judge whether a society is tolerant

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While there is credible work defining tolerance and interpreting data about it, this post is about presenting a quick to apply rule that can be used to identify some and not necessarily all tolerant cultures. The goal is to provide a quick way to answer with small enough mean error whether a culture is tolerant or additional investigation is needed to decide whether it is tolerant or not.

I claim that intolerant cultures condition it’s members to both hide external unattractive characteristics and underline attractive ones, which conditioning can be easily spotted by looking for not conditioned members, and if such are spotted it is justified to conclude that the culture is tolerant. Consider walking on the streets of a nation and seeing unattractive women feeling confident and sexy – that culture is tolerant as it has not conditioned it’s female members what is attractive; and has not conditioned them that they are attractive only and only if others find them attractive. The human subconscious can try to compensate with looking better for not being satisfied with the quality of the life we are living. External appearance and presentation is expected to compensate the lack of success in business (there is a saying in the business world that in case you can not make it right, at least make it beautiful). I suspect women are subject to external pressure from intolerant cultures to look pretty. Women tend to try to escape everyday worries by looking for a beautiful face in the mirror in order to cheer up that they look beautiful and, in one part, because of that, they put extra effort to look beautiful. If a woman is with low confidence, she can put more make-up and/or wear clothes which underline her attractiveness.

If you see a woman who is feeling sexy, but is not, very likely the society has not conditioned her that in order to feel sexy she must look sexy. Women are traditionally more sensible than men about how others perceive them. Women notice when a man turns his head around them with “Wow”; and notice the contrary as well.

When I was going to in-person job interviews I used to look at the shoes of the full-time HR, if she is a woman, and try to guess how comfortable they are. If an HR was wearing uncomfortable high heels that was a red flag to me that the company culture can be valuing the presentation of the work being done more than its’ quality. (As a heterosexual man I am interested in understanding women to the extend possible to me)

I am convinced that some executives are willing to hire professionals by their appearance and that is one of the reasons the HR role at least in the IT world in Bulgaria is heavily occupied by exceptionally beautiful women in their 20s and 30s.

England leads my list of tolerant cultures. For my short visit in London, England I saw a lot of women wearing short skirts which were definitely not for them and they were speaking with British English accent. However, Brits have enough collective anger from not being successful in business to give political power to far right nationalistic formations which blame foreigners and foreign countries or more precisely the European Union for Brits not living better.

Since I am from Bulgaria, my observations are that Slavic people are intolerant as you can see the shocking lack of ugly women on the streets in Bulgaria. Most of the women in Bulgaria wear good amount of make-up.

This rule of thumb is hard to be applied on traditionally Muslim countries and on Scandinavian countries. For instance, Finland is a country populated by Scandinavian women which in general are considered hot, because of their white skin and blonde hair. I would guess that woman living and working next to naturally hot women will put effort to look as hot as her female friends no matter of her satisfaction with others areas of life.


Written by garabedyan

June 13, 2015 at 15:33

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