Nota Bene: Ugly Laws; Naked Truth

The law's ugly disregard of the beauty bias; the many guises of nakedness

Ugly Laws 3

Jack Gescheidt

A Brief History of Nakedness focuses, in part, on political reasons for nudity. The TreeSpirit Project conveys human interdependence with nature.

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Jack Gescheidt

A Brief History of Nakedness focuses, in part, on political reasons for nudity. The TreeSpirit Project conveys human interdependence with nature.

"As a happily married academic, I have been blissfully insulated from serious concerns about appearance," writes Deborah L. Rhode, a professor of law at Stanford University and a self-described sartorial sinner. Rhode's blasé attitude toward her looks makes her an outlier, at least according to the research she cites in her new book, The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law (Oxford University Press). In one "representative" survey,