Why Looks Are The Last Bastion Of Discrimination

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Deborah L. Rhode, a law professor at Stanford University and author, has written or co-written over twenty-seven books in the genre of “professional responsibility, leadership, and gender,” and published editorials in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Slate. On May 23, 2010, an editorial by Rhode titled, “Why Looks are the Last Bastion of Discrimination,” was published in the Washington Post. This article argues for the need of stricter anti-discrimination laws after proving that the United States’ bias towards more attractive people severely impacts one’s ability to obtain jobs and other opportunities. Rhode follows Toulmin’s model of argument which states that an argument must incorporate data, a claim, warrants, qualifiers, …show more content…

Ethos, an appeal to ethics, is a main theme utilized through out Rhodes argument. She uses this literary device as a means to convince her audience of a specific viewpoint by using credible sources and specific examples. The use of ethos parallels Toulmin’s model of argument, which examines the criticality in the use of the data, showing specific facts, and Backing, which are points that prove the warrant, which is defined as a logical statement that serve as bridges between the claim and the data, true. Ethos proves necessary within an argument and offers critical data and statistics, which adds and fortifies an argument in this case, adds to this article. Ethos and data is extraordinarily …show more content…

A rebuttal is defined as “a refutation or contradiction,” meaning that it is usually a counterexample to the point the author is trying to make in his or her paper. This allows for the author to anticipate and address her counterargument before they get to debate it as Rhode demonstrates when she questions, “So why not simply ban discrimination based on appearance,” Rhode uses the next paragraph to explain in further detail her counterargument, saying that “Employers often argue that attractiveness is job-related… and can affect the company’s image and profitability” (4). She uses this statement as a way to forthright address her counterargument but further on in the paragraph she progresses as to why that counterargument is incorrect, stating that “such practices can violate the law if they disproportionately exclude groups protected by civil rights statutes”

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