Structural injustice and the requirements of beauty

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This paper considers whether a structural injustice account can capture the harms of beauty and show they are significant. The paper sets out the harms which attach to an increasingly dominant beauty ideal in a visual and virtual culture. It focuses on two communal harms which are not easy to capture on an individual model, first that more is required to meet minimal appearance standards and second the harms of body image anxiety.

The paper argues that these beauty harms meet the three core features of Iris Marion Young’s account of structural injustice. The injustice is not a result of individual choice, nor is it caused by the wrongful actions of identifiable others and nor is it the result of an unjust law or policy. It argues there are two important and significant benefits of using the structural injustice account, and finishes with one difficulty.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Social Philosophy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Dec 2019