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Casey Kitchel

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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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      May 2 2013: I think everyone at some point in their life is a victim of being judged by how they look. But, I think the people that are considered least good looking, and those that are considered to look the best, get the most attention.

      Who has loot?
      • May 3 2013: The loot is opportunity, money, success... All the things that Cameron was not completely honest about when asked directly.

        A better question is indeed, were the ugly victims?
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          May 22 2013: Where the loot resides...

          After doing some research, it appears that a majority of the major European "beauty" industry brands are run by OLD WHITE MEN. Needless to say, its no wonder the demographics within the industry are so lopsided and disproportionate. Change isn't likely if THAT trend stays the same.
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      May 14 2013: Why do we call some people "ugly"? Isn't that really harsh and unfair?
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      May 14 2013: Yes. The "ugly" are most definitely victims too.

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