When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.
According to today's article a number of animals do just that. When trying to get animals to mate with less than ideal mates, the animals would compensate. Females who were forced to be with utility males laid more eggs. Males who were forced to be with homely females also produced more output.
The theory is that since the odds of having good offspring are reduced then the creatures jack up the odds by having more offspring. Chances are at least one will survive to pass on their genes.
I wonder if this has something to do with the fact that the girls I date seem to want to have 63 kids.