Has society's obsession with beauty gone too far? (Kuala Lumpur)
I was recently made aware of a case in China where a Chinese man divorced and then sued his ex-wife for giving birth to what he called an extremely ugly baby girl,
Initially, Jian Feng accused his wife of infidelity, so sure that he could never father an unattractive child. When a DNA test proved that the baby was his, Feng's wife came clean on a little secret -- before they met, she had undergone about $100,000 worth of cosmetic surgery in South Korea. Feng sued his ex-wife on the grounds of false pretenses, for not telling him about the plastic surgery and duping him into thinking she was beautiful. The kicker? He won. A judge agreed with Feng's argument and ordered his ex-wife to fork over $120,000.
"I married my wife out of love, but as soon as we had our first daughter, we began having marital issues," Feng told the Irish Times. "Our daughter was incredibly ugly, to the point where it horrified me."
Putting this together with the recent slew of tweets about Marion Bartoli, Wimbledon Women's single's champion, including 'Bartoli is too ugly to win Wimbledon' 'Someone as ugly and unattractive as Bartoli doesn't deserve to win', 'feeling for the trophy presenters who had to exchange kisses with this fat ugly pig' etc ad nauseum, AND the recent furore over the Abercrombie and Fitch statement that 'we hire only good looking people' ( I'm sure we are not daft enough to think they are the only company with THAT policy) I do wonder about a growing, unhealthy obsession with the way people look, rather than the kind of people they are, or what they have achieved. What do other people think about this?