Lookism is discrimination against or prejudice towards others based on their appearance. The term is not in widespread use, though it appears in major English language dictionaries. [ [http://www.bartleby.com Bartleby.com] — " [http://www.bartleby.com/61/64/L0246450.html Lookism] ". "The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition." 2000.]

Lookism has received scholarly attention both from a cultural studies and an economics perspective. [Louis Tietje and Steven Cresap. (2005). " [http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/19_2/19_2_2.pdf Is Lookism Unjust?: The Ethics of Aesthetics and Public Policy Implications] ". Journal of Libertarian Studies 19 (2): 31-50.] In the former context, lookism relates to preconceived notions of beauty and cultural stereotyping based on appearance as well as gender roles and expectations. Important economic considerations include the question of income gaps based on looks, as well increased or decreased productivity from workers considered beautiful or ugly by their co-workers.

ee also

*Erotic capital
*Fat acceptance movement
*Human physical appearance
*Sexual field
*Sexual objectification
*Sexual selection
*Social stigma
*Stigma (sociological theory)

Notes and references

External links

* [http://www.lookism.info Lookism.info] — German site on lookism, with English translations

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