The magazine Business Insider has done an awful lot of research which proves that beautiful people – of both genders – are far more popular, get far more attention, are considered healthier, are more intelligent, are seen as more likeable and trustworthy and are more persuasive then those less stunning.
Now, isn’t that a surprise?
And, further, companies that have good looking executives and sales staff do far better and beautiful people in politics have a greater chance of success and are more likely to be forgiven for any unfortunate lapses.
But, then again, many beautiful people suffer from self-doubt: they wonder if they really are beautiful. Fortunately, I have never had any self doubt on that front.
When it comes right down to it, we are not that far from the animal world which has been shown by recent research by a team at Queensland University’s School of Biological Sciences headed by Associate Professor Steve Chenoweth. The good professor and his talented team have been investigating the sex lives of fruit flies and their findings are in the prestigious science magazine, Current Biology.
I was going to write that this is required reading in my house but that would be a fib but I would get away with it or, if found out, forgiven – wouldn’t I? Just take a look at my snap.
Professor Chenoweth has discovered that sexually attractive females are overwhelmed by male suitors – that’s a polite way of saying pack rapists. Of course you would have to be a male fruit fly to decide who was a potential Miss World among the local lassies.
Now, here is the curse of beauty.
“Female fruit flies with superior genes that allow them to lay more eggs were so attractive to male suitors that they spent most of the time fending off male suitors than actually laying eggs,” he said.
“The genes increased their egg-laying ability but with the unfortunate side effect of boosting sexual attractiveness to a level where males wouldn’t leave them alone.”
“The end result is that these supposedly superior genes could not be passed on to the next generation.”
Well, there it is.
Who has ever heard of this sort of behaviour? I mean males harassing beautiful females for sex?
And the unfortunate by-product of this abominable behaviour by male fruit flies means that the next generation will have fewer sexy beautiful females and the next generation after that, and after that.
Taken to its limit the entire population of fruit flies – both male and female – will be plug ugly so where does that leave the species? Ugly blokes trying it on with ugly girls – I suspect quite a few might choose to remain celibate but, then again, experience and observation leads me to suggest that your average bloke wouldn’t pass up an ugly lassie if she was the only one around. After all, sex is sex.
Of course, fruit flies don’t do it in the missionary position – he mounts her from the back – so he doesn’t have to see her plain ugly face, does he? And, to be fair, she doesn’t have to see his either.
I don’t know why this research has been undertaken but I’m sure that it is a wise use of taxpayers’ dosh. You never know where it might lead.
I hope that the University’s Gender Studies and Equal Opportunity folks get to see this research. They could bombard the randy male fruit flies with stern messages about how to treat a lady in the 21st century and – above all – repeat over and over again that “No means no!”
I’m certain that it will have a positive effect and that males will get to see the error of their ways – after all men today are now so socially aware because of this education that we treat ladies with respect and as equals and absolutely positively know that sex is strictly consensual.
How we have evolved from the male fruit fly which seems caught in a 1950s time warp.
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