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Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined
     

Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined

by Gordon Patzer
 

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ISBN-10: 0814480543

ISBN-13: 2900814480549

Pub. Date: 01/30/2008

Publisher: AMACOM

It's true that beauty pays. Better grades, success in romance, higher salaries -these are just a few of the well-documented advantages bestowed upon the good looking at the expense of everyone else. But the beauty fixation gets even uglier than that. A constant flood of images celebrating the thin and glamorous has triggered deadly eating disorders, dangerous cosmetic

Overview

It's true that beauty pays. Better grades, success in romance, higher salaries -these are just a few of the well-documented advantages bestowed upon the good looking at the expense of everyone else. But the beauty fixation gets even uglier than that. A constant flood of images celebrating the thin and glamorous has triggered deadly eating disorders, dangerous cosmetic surgeries, and unhealthy obsessions that are affecting women and men of all ages-even young children.

Dr. Gordon L. Patzer has spent more than thirty years studying this phenomenon. Here he uses original research to provide a unique examination of physical attractiveness and how it has changed the lives of both men and women.

Looks is the first book to explore how attractiveness affects every aspect of our lives-from whom we choose to befriend and hire to the candidates we choose to elect and whom we presume to be innocent or guilty in a court of law.

Unflinching and revealing, Looks uncovers the sometimes ugly truth about beauty and its profound effects on all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900814480549
Publisher:
AMACOM
Publication date:
01/30/2008
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
288

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION: Looks, Lookism, and the Media 1

CHAPTER 1: Older Than Civilization 8

CHAPTER 2: Pass the Genes, Please: How Looks Drive Dating, Courtship, and Marriage 22

CHAPTER 3: As the Twig Is Bent: How Physical Attractiveness Affects Family Dynamics 45

CHAPTER 4: Readin’, ’Ritin’, ’Rithmetic, ’n’ Ridicule 57

CHAPTER 5: The Job Is Looking Good 73

CHAPTER 6: Rendering Judgment: How Looks Affect Courtroom Results 90

CHAPTER 7: Physiognomy and Public Service 109

CHAPTER 8: Seeing Is Believing 125

CHAPTER 9: The Dark Side of Physical Attractiveness 158

CHAPTER 10: What Price for Good Looks? 175

CHAPTER 11: The Big Business of Beauty 203

EPILOGUE: Rising Above the Effects of Lookism 217

NOTES 231

REFERENCES 253

INDEX 273

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