For many couples, this is the perspective they may have for single or “It’s complicated” types of people. But in reality, singles are somewhat jealous, fascinated and secretly yearn for such affection. Singles are stereotypically judged for being explicitly jealous and dare I say, lonely. But this is not the case for all single people. I can attest that singleness is not a curse but rather a blessing. Currently being single, I can focus on my individual growth, spend money on myself and be independent. But although singleness is great, there are moments in which I desire companionship as seen on the University of New Haven campus.
This week in my Management in Workforce Diversity class, there was a discussion about the trending concept of white privilege. This is the ability a person has to use their skin color to gain opportunities that many minority groups may not have access to. This privilege is not limited to access to resources and opportunities but also amounts to physical appearances. The physical attractiveness or appeal of a person heavily influences people’s perceptions of that individual. This coincides with their personal judgments which unfortunately leads to biases and in extreme cases discrmination. The effect of a person’s attractiveness has severe influences, not only personal but societal perceptions of minority groups such as People of Color (POC). As a result, this may ultimately lessen this group’s opportunities within society. But how does physical attractiveness help one group while hurting another within society?
I believe everyone’s eyes can tell a story. People may not be willing to share their story, but I always say that eyes are the window to the soul. However, as I scrolled through the pictures on instagram, I realized that when I saw a person who had lighter colored eyes, I would notice they had stunning eyes, and I had a sudden realization that we all are incredibly influenced by society.