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    The Politics of Beauty

    The Politics of Beauty

    Over at, Ben O’Neill has a great post about “discrimination” in the modeling industry. Recently, a model of Indian-descent in Australia tried to make the case that she was being unfairly discriminated on the basis of her race.
    “One might feel a bit sorry for Ms. Rajandran. One might, that is, until one realizes that although she is the subject of adverse discrimination in this present instance, she is also the beneficiary of many other forms of discrimination, of a very similar kind. In fact, her entire career, and her entire qualification as a model, depends on forms of discrimination that are exactly as arbitrary and superficial as the race discrimination she is now facing.
    This moral similarity between race discrimination and other kinds of discrimination is quite interesting. In his writings on discrimination, Professor Walter Block exposes the absurdity of attempts to forcibly equalize representation in different occupations and activities amongst demographic groups, saying,

    Even if such a policy were possible to administer fairly, which it is not, even if it did some good, which it does not, it is always open to the charge of hypocrisy, for there is no difference in principle between the characteristics which are presently protected (race, gender, nationality) and those that are not (height, weight, intelligence, beauty). And further, the characteristics we have so far considered are only the tip of the iceberg of those upon which people discriminate.”
    The post takes a totally ridiculous claim and really examines it to a logical progression. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wonder, though, if this will prompt subsidized modeling agencies in Australia. And why stop at Indian-Australians? Why not help out ugly Australian women? Aren’t they discriminated against in the modeling world too?

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    It may come as a surprise to some but people of India are caucasion, so it's not a racial thing.

    Viator, I feel that you and I are kindred spirits. In my younger days my goal was to become a professional baseball player but my ambition was frustrated and for the decades since I have felt the continuing sting of discrimination.

    And why, you may ask, was I denied my chance to play pro ball? It was only–please for the moment contain the hot rush of indignation at the discrimination to which I was subjected–because I don't have any talent for the game and little, if any, discernible athletic ability of any sort.

    And yet, solely because I couldn't hit, field, run, or throw, my high school coach denied me the chance to step on that first rung towards my dearly held goal.

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