You know how Zoolander finally has the epiphany that there is more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking? Not everyone, evidently, has gotten that message. The online dating site BeautifulPeople.com makes no bones about being willfully ignorant of that old chestnut, as well as the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
But the site is not quite as snobby as it seems. To become a member, the Beautiful People community—those who are already members—rates an applicant's looks. Though some sites are slightly more Darwinian, i.e. you have to be objectively hot or rich, BeautifulPeople.com gets love for being bizarrely egalitarian. Read: Are You Hot Enough For This Dating Site?
According to Newsweek, the Beautiful People have decided to spread the love. The site's next move gives the plain, frumpy and fugly a chance to produce kids who actually have a chance of getting into night clubs. You read that right: they're the slinging sperm (gross) and hawking the eggs of the conventionally beautiful to both the beautiful and the commonplace. Read: Dating Site Drops Fat Members: PR Stunt?
What happens if the next generation of people is more attractive that ours? Will we start having an ever more exacting standard for symmetry, clear skin and physical grace? Also, does BeautifulPeople.com allow for cosmetic surgery? Because that would not be the gamete I'd want to purchase. Read: I Knocked Myself Up: Pregnancy On My Own
What are the must-haves for a sperm or egg donor? Is this a strange direction for online dating?