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Sex sells, but should it?

Sex sells, but should it?

Are there legitimate grounds for discrimination in the business world? This episode explores the hiring practices of Abercrombie & Fitch, Hooters, and even OBGYNs.

Is it okay to hire attractive sales clerks and flight attendants, or is “lookism” comparable to racism and sexism? Larry Summers thinks our workplace must reflect society’s commitment to civil rights, but has no problem with “the Boston Celtics hiring tall people.” Robert Barro goes further, suggesting that physical attractiveness, like intelligence, is a legitimate basis for discrimination.

About Michael Sandel
Michael Sandel is an American political philosopher and a Professor at Harvard University.