Judging people based on appearance? Let’s get real about ‘lookism,’ a powerful type of discrimination involving beauty ideals

September 2, 2022

Are you a lookist? Do you favor people who are deemed “traditionally attractive”? In this next episode of “Why is no one talking about” (where experts cover hot takes on mind, body, food or skin), our new host, actor/TV personality Alison Haislip, dives deep into lookism with philosopher/professor Heather Widdows. Heather’s book “Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal” has been deemed groundbreaking by Vogue, and she’s revealing the 4 global beauty ideals, how to combat lookism and more. (Spoiler: Don’t say, “It’s what’s inside that counts,” because we know that isn’t 100% true all the time.) For more eye-opening wellness stories for total skin health, check out wellconnected.murad.com

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Heather Widdows is an ethics professor and pro-vice chancellor at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. Her most recent book, “Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal,” was described by Vogue as “groundbreaking” and listed by The Atlantic as one of the best books of 2018. She is also the author of several other books, including “The Connected Self: The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual,” and has co-edited “The Routledge Handbook of Global Ethics.” Heather co-runs the Beauty Demands Network and Blog and the #everydaylookism project.