Is This Woman Too Pretty To Work?

Laura FerneePeople love to hate on beautiful women (see: Anne Hathaway). But they really, really love to hate on women who claim their beauty is a curse.

Lately a steady number of women have come forward claiming their bosses and co-workers punished them for being "too hot," and are swiftly skewered by a skeptical public. Introducing the latest hate-bait: Laura Fernee, a 33-year-old academic, who claims that she hasn't worked for two years because the harassment that her looks provoked at her last office left her "quite traumatized."

Fernee, who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, told the British network ITV that for two years at her research job men would make her feel uncomfortable, and women would ostracize her. The cumulative effect of it all left her "afraid" to go to work in the morning. So she quit.

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Ever since, she's been supported by her parents, doing volunteer work, and writing a book about women in science and how crummy it can be.

Cue Britain's media hounds! The Daily Mail and The Mirror had little sympathy for Fernee's plight, quoting her in a way that makes her sound like an insane delusional monster, itemizing the monthly expenses her parents pick up, with a maniacal photo shoot to boot.

The witty and insightful comments quickly rolled in (over 3,000 and counting). "YOU ARE JOKING??????!!!!!!" "a good bra wouldn't go amiss," "43 more like it!" "33??????????? HAHAHAHHAAAHAHAHAHA."

Did Fernee know that the tabloids were going to make her seem deranged? Was she looking for tabloid fame? Did she just want to publicize her new book?

Whether or not this is real life, it is true that a woman's looks can genuinely hurt her in the workplace. Last year, the Iowa Supreme Court voted 7-0 that a male dentist was completely within his rights to fire his assistant because, he said, he found her irresistibly attractive and was afraid that he was going to have an affair with her.

But disfiguring your face isn't a winning strategy either. Many studies have found that more attractive people are liked more in interviews, are hired and promoted faster, and earn more money than their less-cute colleagues.



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jroycrs

This woman is an egoist. Why do some women have it in their head that they are too pretty to work? I think they are just basically LAZY!

November 14 2013 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DrTikkiCollins

She is average at best. News really.

June 10 2013 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
targaryenlady

I could swear that's Michael Jackson

June 08 2013 at 4:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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nan7769

Love the comment. LOL So True.
Wonder if she had plastic surgery.

June 09 2013 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LHABITAT

Compared to a lot of nerds, she is attractive. So why doesn't she do the smart thing and put your hair in a pony tail at work, wear a polo jersey and comfortable khakis with clogs, ditch the hooker eyebrows, etc. if she really wants to work that field?
A gal trying to get a job in industrial noise control does not show up on a construction site in a mini skirt, sleeveless, with heels, and inch long glued on fingernails with a pound of make-up.
Some women even intentionally gain weight and always keep the jacket on, frequently doing a tailored skirt to the knee look, with a sensible closed toe heel---minimal jewelry.

June 08 2013 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YDandChico

She looks like Michael Jackson with long hair.

June 08 2013 at 12:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gizmoprof

She is "average" looking. The "too hot to work" thing is a figment of her imagination. Get over yourself!

June 08 2013 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rwillis148

Too pretty to work ? NOT!!!!!!!!!!

June 06 2013 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Noreen

"claims that she hasn't worked for two years because the harassment that her looks provoked at her last office left her "quite traumatized."

Are you kidding me? People will do just about anything to get out of working in today's world.

May 30 2013 at 7:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
barrynpeterson

To those who doubt her, we haven't seen her bust-line -- a real killer in an age where hyper-active feminists are known for using "sexual harassment" as a political tool for getting around people who they don't like. I am all for the feminist movement, equal wages, birth control, etc., but this happened to me at a retail dynasty in Minneapolis.

The accusation came from a second cousin of the former Mayor Daley of Chicago. I was rehired. The facts behind that harassment accusation? The woman's friend was a manager who was stealing office products from our stock room. I turned him in -- and my supervisor.

The next Monday, that I was off, I was called into work to be illegally fired by my supervisor. In the end, I was ostracized by women who were earlier very kind to me, and my supervisor was relocated, and the manager of the other department in our financial division was "separated from the company," and later found working at a corner store just a block from my university.

The comment that was used to have my supervisor, who was not the final authority in firing alleged harassers was, "That's a lovely skirt you are wearing...." What was the "skirt?" A silk floor length floral design that stood out well against her simple white short sleeved blouse. 1986.

May the world change to reflect greater humanism and self discipline and honesty among all. Peace and happiness: May they begin to reign throughout our world.

May 29 2013 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barrynpeterson

If she speaks Spanish, please have her go to Dr. Mauricio Toscano, Director of Neuro Sciences and Neuro Surgery at Police Hospital in Bogota, Colombia. He was my roommate and is a fair minded man with a strong marriage.

May 29 2013 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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