Queering the Color Line describes instances in which individuals are judged based upon their physical experience. In this reading, most physical differences were used as a way to isolate the individual and make that person seem inferior. Some of the judgments focused on genital differences (whether true or fabricated) to pass a judgment on the individual's sexuality. Alternately, full body images were used to pass a judgment on the individual's place in society. Saartje Baartman is a prime example of the full body judgement.
It seems like a very cruel idea. There is no scientific backing to it. Judgment based on appearance is probably just a matter of opinion. Therefore, it should be removed from our society, right?
Unfortunately, this is still very prevalent. In fact, it's being advertised! Barbara Roberts is an "Expert Face Reader" who has been doing face readings for 20 years. She was recently featured on the Tyra Banks show to express her "amazing talent."
Tyra banks isn't the only person who has encouraged Barbara. She has written her own book, provides her own class, has been featured on countless morning shows, and even been used by the FBI to help profile criminals!
Profiling based on facial structures has an eerie similarity to the photo showed in class about how different faces can be grouped to create a profile that is possibly completely false! Based on the following video, a person might decide to never date a person who has a small mouth.
My biggest issue with Barbara is that she profiles based on people she already knows are good/bad (Example, it's pretty easy to figure out Hitler was a bad guy.) You don't see her profiling the average Joe that she has never met before.
So, is there any validity in Barbara's "talent"?
Would you ever judge a potential friend/loved based on facial structure?
How is facial judging now any different than facial judgment in the late 19th and 20th centuries?