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April 05, 2005

The Judicial System Gets One Right

The Picture:

The Caption:

Desiree Goodwin leaves federal court in Boston, Monday, April 4, 2005. A federal court jury on Monday found that Harvard University did not discriminate against Goodwin, a library assistant who claimed her repeated bids for promotion were rejected by school officials because they saw her as 'just a pretty girl.' (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

-- from AP, via Yahoo [Emphasis added]

Hmmmm... they rejected her claims that she had been denied promotions simply because employers saw her as "just a pretty girl."

The jury also found against her on several other grounds. To wit, that she had not been discriminated against because her employers...

(a) saw her as "just an electric toothbrush;"

(b) viewed her "just a restored P-51 Mustang fighter;"

(c) regarded her as "just a 600 square foot fourth-floor walk-up on East 79th street;" or even

(d) judged her as "just a snowtrooper taking part in the famed battle of Hoth."

A lot of people go through life with the vague suspicion that they are either average-looking or slightly unappealing.

It's not too many people who have the luck of getting a court decree stating that fact for the official record.

Thanks to LauraW.

LauraW Update: She brings da funny to her own tip--

I feel bad for her. I was once denied a promotion for being too damned beautiful.

Of course, they claimed I was grossly unqualified, hostile to management, didn't actually work there, blah blah blah.

I think we all know what was really going on.

Don't have to explain it to me, sister. I been there. Ohhh, I been there.

I live there, as a matter of fact.

Now I Get It: She's a Scorcher Update: Joe Mama, if that is his real name, suggests that this picture suggests better why she might have thought people thought of her only as "just a pretty girl."


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