source:times of india
To call ‘lookism’ – discriminating against people because of their supposedly unattractive looks – the ‘new racism’ and demand it be proscribed is excessive. Racism is brutal, in-your-face persecution based on skin colour. Lookism as a concept is vague, a subjective notion of how one appears to others and what their preferences may be. Beauty is a relative – and ephemeral – notion. Being hard to define, it escapes the clear, coherent para-meters a law would require to deal with it.