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The Beauty Bias: the injustice of appearance in life and law

Jul 1, 2010

Should there be a law protecting the fat, the unattractive or the short people of America? Is it prejudice to ridicule a female employee or a Supreme Court Justice nominee for being too ugly? In the age of Botox, plastic surgery gone overboard, and the undying trend of youth, professional women face a bigger obstacle than equal pay. As Deborah L. Rhode explains in her book “The Beauty Bias: the injustice of appearance in life and law,” more and more Americans are filing discrimination complaints related to appearance, but many people don’t see this type of discrimination as infringing on our fundamental rights. How can feminism prevail over this type of prejudice when even the staunchest feminists surrender to wrinkle creams?

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