A Duty to be Beautiful?
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It’s not surprising that the way we look matters in an increasingly visual and virtual world.
Whether you get 'likes' or make a good first impression matters and the pressure to be perfect is something which young men and women increasingly feel. Indeed body dissatisfaction and anxiety are so prevalent that we regard them as normal. The extent of such anxiety is in part explained by recognising the ethical nature of the beauty ideal. Individuals increasingly judge themselves and others according to whether they measure up in the beauty stakes, and feel like failures if they do not. Following the release of her on-topic book 'Perfect Me', the University of Birmingham’s John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, Heather Widdows, explores the ethical nature of the beauty ideal to make sense of why such feelings run so deep.
Heather Widdows is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Impact) at the University of Birmingham.She is an established international scholar who works across issues of moral philosophy, feminist philosophy and applied ethics. Her current focus is on beauty and she has recently held a Major Leverhulme Fellowship and an AHRC grant on this topic and she is Co-Director of the Beauty Demands Network.