The media today through Television shows talks about ‘ugly people’, they help circulate images on the internet and even have dating sites for them.

UGLY. The word it self gives me shivers. The moment you classify someone or something as ugly they automatically become repulsive to you, which incidentally is how Oxford dictionary defines the word. *Ugly is unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance.

I found a dating site especially for the ‘aesthetically challenged’ .The site in question is - It has been in the news in United kingdom because two of it members are now engaged. Definitely an achievement for any dating site.

Still, who decides who is ugly and who is beautiful?

There are two sides of this argument. Often, people have self esteem issues related to the way they look. When someone tells you that the place for you is with them because ‘you don’t like what you see in the mirror’ it only reinforces your belief that you are ugly and therefore only suited to looking for an ugly partner. Instead of helping them move on from their issues it certifies the fact that they are odd looking and therefore unappealing. Not to mention Ugly is an ugly and derogatory word.

However, in the pursuit of Journalistic interest I visited the site and had a look at the members . They are just regular looking people with nothing wrong with them except the fact that they might have low self esteem issues based on their physical appearance.

The other side of the coin is the fact that this forum gives dating challenged people hope to find someone with the same issues and the same interests. Yes they can find someone they get along with, someone who doesn’t give physical beauty much importance.

Discrimination exists in many forms. The whites discriminated against the blacks, Hitler meant to wipe out the Jews and in cultures all over the world people are discriminated against because of gender, race, caste and class. Is the world now going to be divided into Pretty and Ugly people? In the 21st century, divisions like these are only going to reinforce stereotypes of physical appearance and create a divide between people who think they’re beautiful and people who think they’re not.

Christina Aguilera’s song says it all ‘You are beautiful- no matter what they say.’

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  1. Super Like…. It is so demeaning to classify someone as ‘ugly’. And what is the social norm of beautiful in some cultures are completely different from others. And since we are edging towards a multicultural society all the more reason why we should not let social stereotypes of physical beauty cloud our judgment.

    I think this should be read by everyone… I’m sure all of us have some issue or the other with the way we look.

  2. This is so weird! I just read the article in yesterdays metro about this literally a few minutes ago and was actually appalled. Segregation set on how people look? Its ridiculous! Well done!

  3. I feel the same way. Its just so wrong to do this to people.
    Thank you guys for reading this 🙂

  4. Well done C! Brilliantly written and love the subject you chose.

  5. This is a thought-provoking article – well done Chandni. It so sad that the world is becoming so shallow…and that there are people who try to cash in on that. Thank you for picking such a good topic.

  6. I think your article is well written and informative .didnt know i site like this existed which is so demeaning .

  7. very nice 🙂

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