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Lottery vs. "The Lottery"

In Cameron's TED talk, she roughly equates being beautiful to "winning a genetic lottery".

Most times when I listen to this talk and I hear the word "lottery", I think of the Powerball and winning it is something good.

However, there are other times when I listen to this talk and I hear the word "lottery", and I think of "The Lottery", the short story by Shirley Jackson.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lottery

Are beautiful people (those that win the genetic lottery) as fortunate as we perceive them to be?

and perhaps I should add:

Are "successful" (success within a profession) people as fortunate as we perceive them to be?

Note: we don't chose our own appearance, and also, we alone don't chose our own "success" (success within a profession).
Ex: A fashion model does not chose their appearance, and the fashion industry, not the fashion model, chooses who they, the fashion and "beauty" industry, view as "beautiful" or good "modeling material".

IMO, if everything really is"okay", then why is a woman who is intelligent and pretty, honestly admitting that she feels vulnerable, when she should arguably be one of the more confident and secure people in society?

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    Apr 24 2013: The old line "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" comes to mind.
    By beautiful I assume you mean what we see in ads because that seems to be a social standard for "what beauty is".
    Genetically I think it depends on where you've come from. The odds of having certain features is kind of hit of miss when it comes to humans. A mans eye color or nose shape isn't guaranteed to show up in it's offspring.
    Unlike breeding animals where people have selected only certain features and exploited them, people don't. In that sense, yes genetic features are like a lottery though what the odds are is anyone's guess.

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