lookism

noun look·ism \ ˈlu̇-ki-zəm \
variants: or less commonly looksism play \ˈlu̇k-si-zəm\
|Updated on: 22 Jul 2018

Definition of lookism

: prejudice or discrimination based on physical appearance and especially physical appearance believed to fall short of societal notions of beauty

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lookism And Discrimination

There are a lot of -isms in the English language but most people overlook lookism. It describes the prejudice or discrimination people have toward others because of their appearances. People first used the word in the late 1970s in reference to how people were viewing others who were heavier set. Today the panorama of lookism extends from the "overly" beautiful actor or actress to the homely child. Economists, sociologists, and psychologists alike pay close attention to the lookism that occurs in everyday life and examine how it affects people and society as a whole.

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1978

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