Looking at the 'Beauty Bias'

Should the Law Explicitly Protect Unattractive People?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

(Original air date: May 25, 2010) Everyone knows that looks matter. But should the law be involved when it comes to discrimination on the basis of appearance? Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode thinks it should. She explains why in her book about how much we're affected by physical appearances: "The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law." 

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Deborah Rhode

Comments [1]

Rita Smith

I didn't get the impression Professor Rhodes was asking for a law on beauty. I thought she was speaking on how they require women to dress and wear makeup versus what is required of men. Her example of the casino was telling. I've never seen a scantily dressed man working in a casino, but you see the women everywhere. Also, some jobs do want women to wear makeup, men can just show up.

Nov. 25 2010 09:47 AM

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