Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Jessica Alba and Cash Warren. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Madonna before she met Guy Ritchie. Al and Tipper Gore.
This is a story about beautiful people and, ahem, others. And how, if the results of a new study are taken to their logical conclusion, we’ll someday no longer have beautiful people. (Or at least not beautiful men). First, the study:
Since 1958, some 17,000 babies born in Britain have been followed in Britain, with all kinds of data about them analyzed. Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics picked apart the numbers and found some interesting correlations:
Kids who were rated by their teachers as attractive when they were 7 were more likely to be the parent of a daughter than those who were rated unattractive. The pretty people had an equally likely chance to have a girl or boy; the unattractive ones were much more likely to have sons.
Kanazawa’s findings will be published in the Journal of Reproductive Sciences, along with his sketchy conclusions about evolution and mate selection, etc. He says that beauty is more of a benefit to a woman than a man, so biology takes care of ensuring beautiful offspring to those who need it. But strength and aggression (again, Kanazawa’s reasoning) are more necessary for males. (Does he mean pretty people can’t be aggressive?)
With a disproportionate number of girls springing forth from the loins of the attractive, this could apparently leave us with less than bountiful pool of attractive men to choose from. Panic time?
No, no, no, of course not. Before you break out the botox or read something into the fact that you have a houseful of boys, keep reading.
A statistician at Columbia University, Andrew Geltman, analyzed People magazines most beautiful celebrities issues from 1995 to 2000. And what did he find? More boy offspring for the people who made the list.
Which brings us to David and Victoria Beckham, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Giselle Bundchen and Tom Brady (and Bridget Moynihan) — beautiful couples with boys. Or, more to the claims, any of Mick Jagger’s girls (all beautiful). Liv Tyler (have you seen her Dad?). Nora Jones. On and on. You could call them the exceptions. Or, better yet, you could take this whole beauty begets girls thing with a grain of salt.
I will and I even gave birth to two daughters.
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