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TOK: Lookism

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Pragati Ganeriwal

on 4 August 2013

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Transcript of TOK: Lookism

Lookism
Real Life Situation
Abercrombie and Fitch's "Look Policy
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Claim
Counter Claim
Claim
Beauty offers an edge in many occupations.
Counter Claim
It is unethical.
Knowledge Issue
To what extent is it justifiable to use perception to stereotype individuals?
Having preconceived notions about people based on their looks is instinctive.
The Halo Effect
Accustomed to stereotypical beauty since childhood
Sleeping BEAUTY
BEAUTY and the BEAST
Snow WHITE
Taught about beauty through various religions.
Roman goddess Venus
Greek goddess Aphrodite
Hindu goddess Laxmi
The Science of Beauty
Lowers self esteem.
Conclusion
Businesses have the right to create a brand image to make them successful.
Hooters
The high standards set by media drive people towards various disorders (BDD, Anorexia, Bulimia).
Justin Jedlica and Valeria Lukyanova
Beauty plays a vital role in some occupations
TOK presentation...
“workers deserve legal protection against appearance-based discrimination unless their looks are directly relevant to their job performance.”
Beauty Bias by Deborah Rhode
Lookism is justifiable to an extent only due to its inevitability.

But I believe in Derek Zoolander's words from the movie Zoolander that, "There’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.”
Bibliography
http://www.policymic.com/articles/2260/lookism-should-we-ban-discrimination-based-on-bad-looks
http://blog.priceonomics.com/post/48869654882/being-really-really-ridiculously-good-looking
http://reason.com/archives/2003/08/05/the-case-of-the-overlooked-coo
https://thetfp.com/tfp/general-discussion/38274-abercrombie-fitch-guilty-lookism.html#axzz2ayfrzmPP
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