Want a beautiful baby but don’t have the genetic material to make one yourself? You’re in luck! Beautiful People, a dating site where the average and ugly are not welcome, has announced a fertility introduction service for “people who want to maximize their chances of having good looking children.”
Described as an “the largest network of attractive people in the world,” Beautiful People made news earlier this year when they kicked out over 5,000 people whose weight gain over the holidays had rendered them not so beautiful. But while they may not allow the average looking person to join up and hunt for a attractive mate, they will allow them to hunt for a beautiful baby. Or rather the genetic material to make a beautiful baby.
Beautiful People Founder Robert Hintze says he initially considered limiting the recipients of all this gorgeous genetic material to members only. But, on second thought, he realized that just because you are ugly doesn’t mean your child should be, too.
“Initially, we hesitated to widen the offering to non-beautiful people. But everyone – including ugly people – would like to bring good looking children in to the world, and we can’t be selfish with our attractive gene pool.”
How very thoughtful.
The site isn’t actually involving itself in hands-on business of egg and sperm procurement. Rather, they have set up a forum in which prospective donors and recipients can communicate. If there’s a connection, the parties can then take if off site to a proper clinic and get down to the business of making a beautiful baby.
While a lot of people may find this idea offensive, I can’t manage to work up any outrage over it. I just don’t care what these superficial people get up to. I do take issue, however, with Hintze’s assumption that we all want to have children who conform to his rather narrow definition of beauty. And the idea that the genetic material one might cull from this group is in any way superior to what one might get from the average person is preposterous. Shallow is never attractive.
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