At the opposite end of the spectrum, here's a thought-provoking article from Carolyn McCulley called "What Kind of Beauty are we Focused On?" It's not soft kittens, but read, think and enjoy.
UPDATE: Have you all seen this video of Paul Potts? Apparently I'm in the minority of people who hadn't heard of him until today. Paul Potts is the winner of Britain's Got Talent. You'll notice Simon Cowell's classic eye-rolling cynicism toward this guy who's going to make a fool of himself. There are articles and videos about him all over the Internet. Like many others, when I watched him, I felt my eyes tearing up at the beauty of his voice ... yes, I was crying at a YouTube video.