Twenty-one states still have these archaic statutes—and they only seem to be enforced under vengeful circumstances.
Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and the Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford University. A former law clerk of Justice Thurgood Marshall, a former president of the AALS, a former chair of the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, and a former director of both Stanford's Center on Ethics and its Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her book, The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law, was published this spring.
When hearings for her Court nomination start tomorrow, senators won’t be asking about her looks but everyone else already has. Professor Deborah Rhode on the continuing bigotry of beauty in American society.