The whole nonuglies thing actually reminds me of the blue eye/brown eye experiments that showed that just being put in the 'winner' group (in this case, being 'blue eyed' made people perform better and be more self-confident. The experiments were a good demonstration of the disasterous [yet often invisible] effects of intrenched racism and sexism in our society. On the plus side, being part of a group can be beneficial. I guess the best groups are those that are formed through some form of meritocracy, or effort, rather than mere genetic or phenotypic endowment. Still, even intelligence and personality is inherited, so is there any fair way to award privilege in our society?
[Yes, I'm still confused as to why I care... I suspect being cooped up for over a week with chicken pox has made me rather desperate for some form of life/friends/acceptance *shrug*]