Lookism: fat & body shaming (even by a Playmate).

Lookism surfaced once again with a vengeance earlier this month. During Labor Day weekend, a Playboy playmate body-shamed a woman working out at her gym. Lookism: body shaming.One of the original stories about this appeared at TheWrap:  "The woman who Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers secretly photographed and body-shamed in a gym locker room is in her 70s, and she wants Mathers prosecuted to the fullest extent possible, TMZ reports.The site said the woman — whom police were unable to identify or … [Read more...]

Lookism equal time: what makes a woman attractive?

In last week's lookism blog post, I passed on  six scientifically proven tips on how men can be more physically attractive to women. In the interest of fair play, now we have six for women – all based on scientific studies presented by a respected source. Lookism originally started as men ogling women.Because of the importance of marriage to women historically, many young women have tried to figure outover the ages what makes them attractive to men. Science has recently generated many studies … [Read more...]

Lookism: what do women like in men?

The languid days of summer are upon us in America. That means there's more chance that we men will be socializing with women. Heck, some of us will even be stripping down to bathing suits on beaches.Lookism seems a natural tendency in males.Many young men try to figure out what makes them more attractive to women. A variety of studies have looked at the parts of the body women zero in on as "attractive." Five features are singled out in this videoAs the so-called science of attraction marches … [Read more...]

Less science behind lookism’s symmetry & ratios?

There may be less science to justify lookism than suggested by many studies  in the past.  Here's the truth about common beauty myths according to the Wall Street Journal.Apparently science produces lots of research about beauty, from ideal waist-to-hip ratio to symmetry in faces, but the conclusions are seldom as simple as they seemThe author of the just-published  Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women’s Lives,” Autumn Whitefield-Madrano  wrote this piece for the WSJ in mid-June:"If … [Read more...]

Anti lookism: an open letter to photogenic people.

Stumbled across this anti lookism rant from back in July 2012. New Yorker Chelsea Fagan, who actually blogs about financial matters, unloosed these unbridled comments which capture what many of us think as we see the uncurbed selfies proliferating across social media.But wait. . .Methinks, though, that the lady doth protest too much. She's darn photogenic herself, and to top it off, she's a stellar writer with a wicked sense of humor.Anti lookism rant."Hi Guys, Hold on, hold on, put the iPhones … [Read more...]

“Lookism” and dishonesty about ugliness.

In my last blog, I wrote about the kids edition of "Ugly." Today, I'm writing about the adult version that brings up a complicated lookism issue: can we be butt-ugly honest about the role of looks in society?Ugly & Lookism.First, let's hear from the "subject" of this inquiry, Robert Hoge.To hear Hoge tell it, he was born with a giant tumor on his forehead, severely distorted facial features, and legs that were twisted and almost useless. His mother refused to look at him when he was born, … [Read more...]

Lookism couldn’t defeat the author of “Ugly.”

Googled for books with "ugly" in their title the other day. Here's what I found.  Go here for blurbs about some of the "ugly" books.  (Who said you can't judge a book by its cover?)Besides the Ugly Face Booth  and Confessions of an Ugly Girl, a book simply called Ugly caught my eye.The author, an Australian, had a large tumor on his face at birth and deformed legs. At first, his own mother abandoned him in the hospital, wishing he would die. The book is about Robert Hoge's life growing up … [Read more...]