Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Two little princesses

I walked behind this young family earlier on, and looked at their cute little girls with them.

Infact, I haven't imagined it would be like to be out with two young girls. I've always envisioned a boy and a girl out with hubby & me (hubby walking with boy, and me with girl). Strange, even after I found out Aricia's gender I never had any dreams or envision two girls out with us - until today. "So this is how my family will look like from others' point of view", I thought to myself. And like a crazy woman, I started smiling in joy.

Talking about two girls. coincidently,I read about this earlier on.

Excerpts from The Electric New Paper :

Want a baby girl? Marry a good-looker
August 02, 2006

BRAD and Angelina had Shiloh, Tom and Katie had Suri, and Reese and Ryan had Ava.

And London researchers believe that it was no accident that all the celebrity babies are girls.

According to a study by the London School of Economics, good-looking couples are 26 per cent more likely to have a daughter rather than a son for their first child, reported the London Times.

And scientists believe this is why women have become increasingly more attractive than men over the years.

The bias towards having daughters has to do with differing 'evolutionary strategies' that each sex has adopted to survive, said the researchers.

They reason that the first-born of aggressive, high-status parents tend to be boys because they are better equipped to protect their family line and outwit competitors when it comes to finding a mate.


However, the likelihood of having a daughter is mostly dependent on the parents' youth and attractiveness. These girls can then use their beauty to attract the best mates and hang on to them.

'We have shown two things,' said
Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, who led the research.

'Beautiful parents have more daughters than ugly parents, because physical attractiveness is heritable and because daughters benefit from attractiveness more than sons.

'We have also shown that women on average are more attractive than men, because over evolutionary history, the slight bias of beautiful parents to have more daughters has accumulated, so that girls have become more and more attractive than boys.'

The report, published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, also argues that youth and physical attractiveness matter more to a man when choosing his mate than status or wealth.

Researchers analysed more than 20,000 people in the US and rated their beauty according to height, weight and apparent age - all factors that can be used to judge basic attraction levels without subjective viewpoints.

Only first-born children were included in the analysis.

Dr Mark Thomas, senior lecturer at the biology department of University College London, said the LSE study appeared to 'fit in' with the state of research on sexual evolution.

Good-looking Hollywood couples who have lent weight to the theory include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Outside Hollywood, researchers pointed to Prince Rainier of Monaco and actress Grace Kelly who had the beautiful Princess Caroline.

Footnote from me:
- So how do you define good-looking? Everyone has different taste, what my look attractive to you, may not look attractive to others.
- How much can the scientist prove that this argument is effective?
- it means hubby & me are good-looking lah! Haha! (floating on Cloud 9...)

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