Eugenics Today: Do Ugly People Deserve Beautiful Children?

By Joseph Calamia | June 23, 2010 4:22 pm

beautifulThink picking a date on looks alone is a little shallow? How about picking your kids? The owners of the dating site have no qualms on the subject–they’ve launched a “virtual sperm and egg bank” where users can select beautiful people’s beautiful genetics by signing up for their beautiful gametes.

Though the company won’t perform egg extractions or accept sperm donations, they will serve as matchmakers and then forward the interested parties to the proper clinics. The company says its exclusive dating site–you can only join if other members judge you attractive enough–is a magnificent resource for those looking to breed up.

As reported by ABC News, the site has decided to generously offer its services even to the beauty-challenged.

“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,” company founder Robert Hintze said in a statement.

Everyone from bioethicists to the professionals who run clinics are concerned about site visitors skipping over the proper medical and psychological screenings. There is also concern about the participants’ expectations–and perhaps basic understanding of genetics. Just because biological mummy and daddy have good looks, it doesn’t necessarily mean their offspring will. If doesn’t make that clear, things could get very ugly.

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  • Razib Khan

    i think it depends on how ugly you are. i think judging from wealth/famous people who aren’t good looking who marry attractive people (usually ugly men + attractive women) there’s some definite improvement in the offspring from what you’d expect. OTOH, if you’re close to the median it probably is not worth it.

  • Ian

    Eugenics it is. Interestingly enough a listener of mine has already commented on this type of ‘match making’ …

  • Old Rockin’ Dave

    I always wondered, if Albert Einstein’s sperm was available for donation, what would the parents do if they got a daughter with Albert’s looks but not his intelligence? Or a kid with Einstein’s genius who turned out to be a sociopath?

  • Crat

    Ugly parents should refrain from having children. It’s a worthy contribution to the human race, which due to their restraint will get better looking until the boundary of novel mutations is reached.

  • cgn

    I would like to know more about eugenics……..

    • Sibsibana

      me tooo

  • Jockaira

    Simply, eugenics is the matching of selected parents for desirable heritable traits with the projected result being offspring displaying those traits. Anything else called eugenics is either politics or unfounded wishful thinking and has the potential to be morally reprehensible.

    Human husbandmen and agriculturalists have been using that basic principle successfully for thousands of years to achieve desired animal and plant expressions. The application of eugenics has always been difficult in humans because of indwelling prejudices of race, culture, contemporary standards, etc.

    Moral eugenics does not include forced sterilisation, forced euthanasia, or political disenfranchisement. Contemporary eugenics has its most common expression in gene therapy and thoughtful selection of marriage partners.

    The current prejudicial condemnations of eugenics are unfortunate because they deprive humanity of certain methods for improving the basic lot of human life.

  • Bond

    I agree with how Jockira put it.
    I chose not to have children, and rather to focus on other areas of betterment in society with my work and endeavors. I have felt there are plenty of other people better than I to have children of their own bearing.
    Leave it to the beautiful people, physically and mentally, to bear children.
    Physical beauty and character both matter, and yes, some differences make things interesting.
    Physical beauty truly inspires, when it’s genuine, not ‘bolt on’.
    Also keep in mind, we’ve got nearly 7 billion people. Think of the whole Earth environment/habitat, quality of living, and sustainability. So, let’s get a little more careful about who chooses to bear children.
    It’s such a shame that, for example, Mexican culture is so hell bent on ‘everyone’ of their culture bearing children, and making large trashy mess cultures and environments.
    Yet look at the classic Swedes and their culture, – refinement and beauty in so many ways.
    Also, all races/cultures can make beautiful people, and all races/cultures can and do make ‘ugly’ people.

  • Angie

    I just found this article, and I’m doing a speech on the idea/ practice of controlled eugenics. Are there any good websites where I can get legitimate information on the subject?

  • Justine Leeber

    One thing I would like to say is always that before buying more computer system memory, take a look at the machine in which it is installed. In case the machine is running Windows XP, for instance, the actual memory limit is 3.25GB. Setting up greater than this would easily constitute some sort of waste. Make sure that one’s motherboard can handle the particular upgrade amount, as well. Good blog post.

  • Sibsibana

    so they will be no ugly people in the future ( boring ) i love ugly people what wrong them lolzz i’m one of them hahah

  • Yang Jiansheng

    My family is psychiatrist Eugenic victim, since the first year moving in Canada. please visit my blog to understand Eugenic is the root of all mass murder incidents. 

  • Chacha

    I like the world full of ugly-looking people, it makes me look more attractive.


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