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Newsweek Beauty Report

Newsweek Turns a Critical Eye on the Politics of Beauty

If you're fascinated by how beauty affects society, go bookmark Newsweek's special report on the subject. The series of articles examines the politics of beauty — because, whether it's fair or not, our culture is overwhelmingly lookist.

The stories are all worth reading, particularly these poll results about beauty in the workplace. (Depressingly, hiring managers admitted that on average, they ranked a person's appearance more important than her education.) And this essay highlighting the double standards of beauty for men and women feels like a modern version of Gloria Steinem's famous If Men Could Menstruate essay. Not everything is as strong — we're unconvinced that all makeup artists are conniving tricksters out to get your money — but all of the stories provide plenty to think about. Definitely worth a read.

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jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
Rosay, yes people can always find something to discriminate against. But at least by removing the visual from the equation it will be much harder to discriminate against someone's weight and/or general beauty.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I love the changing faces of beauty interactive!
Rosay77 Rosay77 7 years
Actually, jocupcake, one can discriminate against another's voice. According to the research (link to a video on that research provided below), people discriminate physical appeal by how high- or low- pitched a person's voice is. Men find a higher-pitched voice more appealing and women find a lower-pitched voice more appealing. This is because women with higher-pitched voices generally have more estrogen and men with lower-pitched voices generally have more testosterone. Therefore, one can estimate how attractive a person is just by how their voice sounds.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
This makes me really sad. I say phone interviews should be the new norm. It's hard to discriminate against someone's voice!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
The point of Newsweek's package? I can't speak for them, but I think that the more people talk about the fact that double standards exist, the more we can try to change that.
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