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xvi, 252 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Preface -- CHAPTER 1: Introduction -- The Personal Becomes Political: The Trouble With Shoes -- The Costs and Consequences of Appearance -- Surveying the Foundations: Social, Biological, Economic, Technological, and Media Forces -- Feminist Challenges and Responses -- Appearance Discrimination: Social Wrongs and Legal Rights -- Legal Frameworks -- A Roadmap for Reform -- CHAPTER 2: The Importance of Appearance and the Costs of Conformity -- Definitions of Attractiveness and Forms of Discrimination -- Interpersonal Relationships and Economic Opportunities -- Self-Esteem, Stigma, and Quality of Life -- Gender Differences -- The Price of Upkeep: Time and Money -- Health Risks -- Bias -- CHAPTER 3: The Pursuit of Beauty -- Sociobiological Foundations -- Cultural Values, Status, and Identity -- Market Forces -- Technology -- The Media -- Advertising -- The Culture of Beauty -- CHAPTER 4: Critics and Their Critics -- Nineteenth- and Early- Twentieth-Century Critics -- The Contemporary Women's Movement -- Critiques -- Responses -- Personal Interests and Political Commitments -- Beyond the Impasse -- CHAPTER 5: The Injustice of Discrimination -- Ensuring Equal Opportunity: Challenging Stigma and Stereotypes -- Challenging Subordination Based on Class, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Disability, and Sexual Orientation -- Protecting Self-Expression: Personal Liberty and Cultural Identity -- The Rationale for Discrimination and Resistance to Prohibitions -- The Parallel of Sex Harassment -- The Contributions of Law -- CHAPTER 6: Legal Frameworks -- The Limitations of Prevailing Legal Frameworks -- Prohibitions on Appearance Discrimination -- A Comparative Approach: European Responses to Appearance Discrimination -- The Contributions and Limitations of Legal Prohibitions on Appearance Discrimination -- Consumer Protection: Prohibitions on False and Fraudulent Marketing Practices -- Directions for Reform -- CHAPTER 7: Strategies for Change -- Defining the Goal -- Individuals -- Business and the Media -- Law and Policy.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195372878 20160604
"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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195372878 20160604
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-618-01
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1 videodisc (ca. 134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically proper butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper employed by a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe.
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-618-01
Video
1 videodisc (144 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Jack Stanton is a virtually unknown Southern governor on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife, Susan. Running against the odds, the Stantons need all the help they can get from their extremely colorful political team. Together, they take off on a hilarious, heart-wrenching and ultimately history-making roller coaster ride to the top.
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-618-01
Law Library (Crown)
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Law Library (Crown)
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Law Library (Crown)
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