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We all know one hard and undeniable truth: Physical beauty comes with tremendous power, and tremendous benefits. Those who possess it are generally luckier in love, more likely to be popular, and more apt to get better grades in school. But very few of us realize just how much looks affect every aspect of our lives. Recent studies document that people blessed with good looks earn about 10% more than their average-looking colleagues. They are also more likely to get hired and promoted at work. What exactly is this “physical attractiveness” phenomenon and how does it affect each and every one of us?
Dr. Gordon L. Patzer has devoted the last 30 years to investigating this unsettling phenomenon for both women and men, and how it touches every part of our lives. In Looks, he reveals not only its impact on romance, but also on family dynamics, performance in school, career, courtroom proceedings, politics and government. Looks is the first book to explore how the power of beauty affects both sexes and how the rise of reality TV shows, cosmetic surgery, and celebrity culture have contributed to our culture’s overall obsession with being beautiful.
Unflinching and topical, Looks uncovers the sometimes ugly truth about beauty and its profound effects on all of our lives.
The book is interesting at first, but then after first few chapters it gets quite redundant. If you already know that good looks are advantage in our society then you will not... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ed-Leon
I got through about 120 pages before giving up, thoroughly exasperated. This book reads like an academic paper (which, I am certain being an academic myself - is where it found its... Read morePublished 18 months ago by N. Panc
Like dusting face powder on jaundiced skin, this book ignores far deeper (and graver) issues that contribute to the pre-eminence of looks, and the dominance of "lookism" (prejudice... Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Readwalker
The problem with beauty is that it is subjective. There is not one "golden ratio" to anything, and if one wanted to, one could come up with infinite ratios and infinite formulas... Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by Grace Defloreis
As a researcher of how our looks affect our lives, I find this book the most up-to-date and authoritative overview of the voluminous body of studies that are scattered throughout... Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Allan Mazur