A Duty to be Beautiful? 


Appearance, bullying and lookism

Professor Widdows is joined by Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Martha Evans of The Anti-Bullying Alliance, and Phyllida Swift of Face Equality International to discuss the prevalence of appearance bullying.

The ugly side of beauty

Professor Heather Widdows (Department of Philosophy) is interviewed for Guernica (a magazine of global art and politics) about appearance, the pressures to be perfect, and how beauty has become a measure for success.

Seeing the perfect me in Fantastic Beasts 2

The Mirror of Erised (desire backwards) featured in Harry Potter and in the new Fantastic Beasts 2 is a magic mirror. It shows 'not your face but your heart's desire'. Professor Heather Widdows discusses the demands of beauty and how we see our bodies in the mirror for the Birmingham Brief.

Ethics, beauty and the Handmaid's Tale

Heather Widdows is interview by the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England for its Appearance Matters podcast. Heather talks about how beauty has become a moral and ethical issue, and how women (and increasingly men) feel the pressure to conform to the beauty ideal.

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