The point in the article though was that there should be more conditions where the characters don't want to date you based on your character's background, and on a paragon-type route, you'd presumably be a Shep more open to cooperating with other species and lay the smackdown on suboordinates acting like species-ist assholes. That challenges Ashley's world view (even though she kinda grows out of it by 3), and in my mind is equivalent to Ashley being a Republican and Shepard being a Democrat and Ashley deciding she'd rather date someone from the Tea Party than get in bed with Shep. I thought that was what the article was trying to get at, about characters rejecting you based on the main character's background. (Though to my knowledge, no games reject the player's character based on looks except for some Japanese dating sims that have a fashion-based element; but that's less about how the character actually looks and more about, well, fashion.) It would have been awesome to see one of the ME love interests reject Shep based on the super freaky facial scarring that happens from being a renegade.