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‘I’m Just Stating a Preference!’ Lookism in Online Dating Profiles

New publication from Søren Flinch Midtgaard in Moral Philosophy and Politics

https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2021-0046 (e-published ahead of print)

The paper argues that our dating preferences can be wrongfully discriminatory. They are so when they reject candidates solely on the ground of looks and sex (sic!). The wrong-making features pertain in part to disrespect in the sense of us not being able or willing to ‘look behind’ certain features in our relations with other persons, and in part to the fact that discriminatory preferences of the relevant kind may contribute to creating and upholding serious unchosen inequalities. Addressing private discrimination, the paper argues, can be key to combatting patterns of wrongful discrimination.