In many cases, the discrimination is explicit, and most of the time, it’s legal.
Businesses often seek to present a certain “brand” or “look,” and hire only people who fit in.
#page#That’s all well and good, but Rhode overstates her case sometimes — particularly when she tries, in various ways, to tie appearance discrimination to racial discrimination.
She repeatedly asserts that Western beauty standards privilege those with European features, but she never confronts that suggests that we perceive biracial people, not whites, as most attractive.
One could just as easily argue that since racism has declined to the point where it’s comparable to appearance bias, we should back off on anti-racism measures — especially ones, such as affirmative action, that themselves Rhode offers many potential legal remedies for the problems she depicts.
Some are relatively commonsensical, such as a requirement that people be given better information about plastic surgery and beauty products.
You’re fired.”), there’s really no way for people to tell why they’ve been treated badly.
These surveys might be measuring people’s willingness to attribute their failures to other people’s bigotry as much as they measure actual discrimination.
Rhode proposes essentially the same sort of program for appearance discrimination.
She says that we should make no exception when customers demonstrably prefer workers who look a certain way — because that preference is what the government is trying to stamp out.