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6 - Hit by the Ugly Stick

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 October 2020

Karen Stollznow
Affiliation:
Griffith University, Queensland
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This chapter explores offensive language related to physical appearance and physical difference. We discuss perceptions of ugliness and beauty, and offensive language with regard to height, weight, clothes, hair color, and other physical features. We tackle stereotypes and derogatory language against redheaded people, bias against baldness and grey hair, fat shaming, thin shaming, and the claim that abusing overweight people is the “last acceptable bigotry.” The discussion includes historical cases of prejudice against appearance (e.g., the Elephant Man, ugly laws, freak shows, and human zoos) and more contemporary cases.

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On the Offensive
Prejudice in Language Past and Present
, pp. 196 - 221
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Hit by the Ugly Stick
  • Karen Stollznow, Griffith University, Queensland
  • Book: On the Offensive
  • Online publication: 06 October 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108866637.007
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  • Hit by the Ugly Stick
  • Karen Stollznow, Griffith University, Queensland
  • Book: On the Offensive
  • Online publication: 06 October 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108866637.007
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  • Hit by the Ugly Stick
  • Karen Stollznow, Griffith University, Queensland
  • Book: On the Offensive
  • Online publication: 06 October 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108866637.007
Available formats
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