Archives for December 2015

Automated lookism? Robots to judge beauty contest.

Steve Harvey's recent mistake* as emcee crowning the wrong Miss Universe caused some of us to reflect on the silliness of choosing winners among a bunch of perfect-10 females. Well, now there's the possibility that robots may soon do the choosing. Is that a good thing?  Perhaps, because there won't be any judges or emcees to kick around . . . tho Miss Universe pageant directors want Harvey back in 2016. Perhaps, too, it'd be a good thing because the robots presumably will choose the same … [Read more...]

Is it lookism to ask Santa for 2 front teeth?

A popular song, dating back to the '40s, starts with, "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth." Most of us finally got our two front (permanent) teeth as second or third graders  (age 7-8 y.o.).  Some new research suggests that missing or bad teeth can age a person in many ways. But, don't worry, there's hope, as the article below states. If you feel good about your teeth, you smile more. And that makes you more youthful appearing according to some studies. All this suggests that teeth … [Read more...]

Holiday books about faces. Not all guilty of lookism.

Since coffee table books reign as popular gifts at holiday time, I thought I'd suggest a few that fit into the "faces" theme of this website. I've listed the most-recently published books first. Lookism rules in some cases (Lindbergh) but not in others (Arbus).Images of Women II,  by Peter Lindbergh.Choosing images that span 2005 thru 2014, the German master photographer features his black and whites from the worlds of fashion, society, and film. He includes Nicole Kidman, Tilda Swinton, and … [Read more...]

Cleft lip kids at high risk for being abused.

As if the childhoods of many cleft lip and palate kids aren't hard enough, researchers have now found that they're at high risk for child abuse.  This is an interesting line of research which I've not been aware of before, tho admittedly I haven't kept up with the literature or lectured about it for some time.Over recent decades considerable research and media attention have been focused on the broad concept of child abuse. It's broad since it ranges from parental kidnapping, physical violence, … [Read more...]