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The Beauty Bias

The Beauty Bias

The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law

  • Author: Deborah L. Rhode
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780199779451
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 272
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"It hurts to be beautiful" has been a cliche for centuries. What has been far less appreciated is how much it hurts not to be beautiful. The Beauty Bias explores our cultural preoccupation with attractiveness, the costs it imposes, and the responses it demands. Beauty may be only skin deep, but the damages associated with its absence go much deeper. Unattractive individuals are less likely to be hired and promoted, and are assumed less likely to have desirable traits, such as goodness, kindness, and honesty. Three quarters of women consider appearance important to their self image and over a third rank it as the most important factor. Although appearance can be a significant source of pleasure, its price can also be excessive, not only in time and money, but also in physical and psychological health. Our annual global investment in appearance totals close to $200 billion. Many individuals experience stigma, discrimination, and related difficulties, such as eating disorders, depression, and risky dieting and cosmetic procedures. Women bear a vastly disproportionate share of these costs, in part because they face standards more exacting than those for men, and pay greater penalties for falling short. The Beauty Bias explores the social, biological, market, and media forces that have contributed to appearance-related problems, as well as feminism's difficulties in confronting them. The book also reviews why it matters. Appearance-related bias infringes fundamental rights, compromises merit principles, reinforces debilitating stereotypes, and compounds the disadvantages of race, class, and gender. Yet only one state and a half dozen localities explicitly prohibit such discrimination. The Beauty Bias provides the first systematic survey of how appearance laws work in practice, and a compelling argument for extending their reach. The book offers case histories of invidious discrimination and a plausible legal and political strategy for addressing them. Our prejudices run deep, but we can do far more to promote realistic and healthy images of attractiveness, and to reduce the price of their pursuit.

Laws and Societies in Global Contexts

Laws and Societies in Global Contexts

Contemporary Approaches

  • Author: Eve Darian-Smith
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521113784
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 422
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Promotes a global socio-legal perspective that engages with multiple laws and societies and diverse socio-legal systems based on different historical and cultural traditions.

Gender and the American Presidency

Gender and the American Presidency

Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced

  • Author: Theodore F. Sheckels,Nichola D. Gutgold,Diana B. Carlin
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 0739166794
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 192
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Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced, by Theodore F. Sheckels, Nichola D. Gutgold, and Diana Bartelli Carlin, is a book that includes interviews with several of the subjects, inviting not only the reader, but the women themselves to consider why they have been dismissed as presidential contenders. Gender and media scholars as well as the general public will find the barriers of communication style, geography, stereotyping, and more, both frustrating and fascinating as the US attempts to catch up with most of the world where women are routinely elected presidents and prime ministers.

Schools for Misrule

Schools for Misrule

Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America

  • Author: Walter K. Olson
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • ISBN: 1594032335
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 284
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Some imagine that the law schools possess a finer, purer moral sensitivity than the everyday America outside their walls. ("Welcome to the Republic of Conscience!" Yale Law dean Harold Koh announced to incoming students.) But as this book shows the pipe dream of training philosopher-monarchs not only leads to one policy disaster after another, but distracts law schools from the most useful function they can serve: training competent, ethical and suitably humble lawyers for tomorrow. --Book Jacket.

Color Matters

Color Matters

Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America

  • Author: Kimberly Jade Norwood
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 131781956X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 256
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In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on the color of their skin. This type of skin tone bias, or colorism, is both related to and distinct from discrimination on the basis of race, with which it is often conflated. Preferential treatment of lighter skin tones over darker occurs within racial and ethnic groups as well as between them. While America has made progress in issues of race over the past decades, discrimination on the basis of color continues to be a constant and often unremarked part of life. In Color Matters, Kimberly Jade Norwood has collected the most up-to-date research on this insidious form of discrimination, including perspectives from the disciplines of history, law, sociology, and psychology. Anchored with historical chapters that show how the influence and legacy of slavery have shaped the treatment of skin color in American society, the contributors to this volume bring to light the ways in which colorism affects us all--influencing what we wear, who we see on television, and even which child we might pick to adopt. Sure to be an eye-opening collection for anyone curious about how race and color continue to affect society, Color Matters provides students of race in America with wide-ranging overview of a crucial topic.

Michigan Law Review

Michigan Law Review

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  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Law reviews
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New Books on Women, Gender and Feminism

New Books on Women, Gender and Feminism

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  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Feminism
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New Books on Women and Feminism

New Books on Women and Feminism

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  • Category: Feminism
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The Spectator

The Spectator

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  • Category: English literature
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Perspectives of the Scottish City

Perspectives of the Scottish City

  • Author: George Gordon
  • Publisher: Pergamon
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 314
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