lookism

   Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of appearance. Thinking less of a person whose appearance is less than ideal (too far below fashion model), or thinking more of a person because his / her appearance is ideal enough. Such factors of appearance may include the shape, color, texture or expression of facial or bodily features, hairstyle, costume, or body language. A person who practises lookism is a lookist. The earliest citation of lookism's appearance in print is in the Washington Post Magazine in 1978, which reported that fat people had coined it as a defensive word: "lookism — discrimination based on looks." It's coinage has followed those of the words racialism / racism (1907 / 1935), sexism (1968), and ageism (1969). Also see ethnocentrism, feminism and feminist art, gender issues, humanism, idealized, isms and -ism, multiculturalism, political correctness, stereotype, ugly, xenophilia, and xenophobia.

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  • Lookism — is discrimination against or prejudice towards others based on their appearance. The term is not in widespread use, though it appears in major English language dictionaries. [ [http://www.bartleby.com Bartleby.com]… …   Wikipedia

  • Lookism — (englisch, gebildet aus Look: Aussehen und ism: ismus) bezeichnet die Stereotypisierung bzw. Diskriminierung auf Grund des Aussehens in englischsprachigen Staaten wie USA oder Australien.[1] Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Definition 2 Situation in den USA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lookism — look•ism [[t]ˈlʊk ɪz əm[/t]] or looks•ism [[t]ˈlʊksɪz əm[/t]] n. discrimination based on the way someone looks If you say she s not attractive enough to work here, that s pure lookism![/ex] • Etymology: [1975 80] …   From formal English to slang

  • lookism — also looksism noun Date: 1978 prejudice or discrimination based on physical appearance and especially physical appearance believed to fall short of societal notions of beauty …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lookism — /look iz euhm/, n. discrimination or prejudice based on a person s physical appearance. [1985 1990] * * * …   Universalium

  • lookism — noun prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a persons appearance () …   Wiktionary

  • lookism — n. looksism, preconceived opinion or discrimination on the basis of physical appearance and in particular physical appearance considered not to be the social concepts of beauty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lookism — noun prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of appearance. Derivatives lookist noun & adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • lookism — look·ism …   English syllables

  • lookism — /ˈlʊkɪzəm/ (say lookizuhm) noun prejudice or discrimination based on appearance. –lookist, noun, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

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