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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: Specificity in communication the issue here. Definition of terms is necessary when words are imprecise. In this case we have a nearly meaningless word. . . "beautiful". The word has been used to describe everything from physical attractiveness to devastating victories in battle. There are 7-billion beholders on Earth who use their eyes to determine what is beautiful. Even though her fame and fortune is entirely the result of her physical appearance, or beauty, Ms. Russell speaks of a different beauty. We need more than one word to make sense of it all. Are you using the word beauty to indicate physical appearance as defined within a society?

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