If you're fascinated by how beauty affects society, go bookmark Newsweek's special report on the subject. The series of articles examines the politics of beauty — because, whether it's fair or not, our culture is overwhelmingly lookist.
The stories are all worth reading, particularly these poll results about beauty in the workplace. (Depressingly, hiring managers admitted that on average, they ranked a person's appearance more important than her education.) And this essay highlighting the double standards of beauty for men and women feels like a modern version of Gloria Steinem's famous If Men Could Menstruate essay. Not everything is as strong — we're unconvinced that all makeup artists are conniving tricksters out to get your money — but all of the stories provide plenty to think about. Definitely worth a read.