"None of this absolutely proves Dr Elia’s hypothesis. But it looks plausible. If she is right, facial beauty ceases to be an arbitrary characteristic and instead becomes a reliable marker of underlying desirable behaviour. It is selected for both in the ways beautiful children are brought up, and in the number of children the beautiful have."
Unrealistic beauty expectations are nothing new: Julia Pastrana was known in life as the "world's ugliest woman," and her husband made money from this by taking her around to circuses and theaters as a curiosity. He even bought advertising in the New York Times calling his spouse a "link between mankind and the ourang-outang." After Julia Pastrana's death in 1860, he carted her corpse around the world for years, so people could see why he called the "bear woman." Her remains were eventually abandoned in Norway.
Every year, we learn afresh how awful it is to live in D.C. It is that time again for The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful People." Basically I wouldn't instigate intercourse with any of these people even if I were using Peggy Noonan's genitalia. (Well?) Although on the plus side, the people of color percentage is up this year to an astounding double digits! There really is change in the ethers.