Think good looks are somehow linked to views on inequality? There's a study for that.
Vox reports on research out of Stanford showing that people who believe themselves to be attractive are less concerned about the income gap. Agreement e.g. with the statement, "Some groups of people are simply inferior to other groups" among similar notions was found more often in people who perceived themselves as easy on the eyes.
Participants who see themselves as attractive also tend to not only believe they are of higher social status but also to believe in group dominance - that some groups are just inferior. They also were more likely to believe in ideas that legitimized their status, like the idea that all Americans have equal shots at making it to the top.
Vox's Danielle Kurtzleben reiterates the study's reliance on self-perception:
"Being attractive but also being insecure wouldn't necessarily mean a person also is opposed to equality," she writes. "Likewise, being homely but thinking one has got it going on could make a person more accepting of growing inequality."
Reflecting on that for a moment suggests some rather unsatisfying conclusions; for example, is it wrong to encourage people to feel more self-confident about their appearance?
Not Just Movie Star Looks. Movie Star Muscle, Too.
A 2012 study found that muscle mass is positively linked to self-interested politics. But only for men. Though superficially this sounds as if muscular men are selfish caricatures of an Ayn Rand protagonist, that's not what the data said. "Tough guys" preferred politics that served them; the muscular poor for redistribution, the muscular rich against.
Below: Bodybuilders doing their thing. No pain, no (political) gain...