When It Comes To Looks, A “7″ Is Not Just A “7″


OKCupid’s ever-fascinating and invaluable Trends blog reasons about why the cute girl on the left gets far fewer messages than the cute girl on the right, despite having almost the same, and even a slightly higher, attractiveness rating from the men on the site.  (And, while they are at it, they speculate that I am not alone in finding Megan Fox’s alleged appeal a mystery.)

And for the record, though they are both out of my league, the girl on the left deserves much more than a 7.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://planetatheism.com Pedro Timóteo

    Maybe it’s just me, but the one on the left looks a bit too “airheaded” for my tastes. Sometimes, attractiveness doesn’t depend just on how good someone looks, in purely physical terms. The one on the right looks mysterious and intriguing; the left one, I can imagine saying things such as “like” and “duh” every three words. :)

  • Cara

    Interesting read. My first thoughts, before reading their article, were that the girl on the left looks like she’s wearing active-wear and the background looks woodsy. Seems like an outdoorsy, athletic type. She’s pretty cute. She looks friendly and down-to-earth. The girl on the right looks like she’s hitting on someone at a bar. Her makeup makes her look very hard and cold. She looks like she’s trying too hard. If I were a guy looking for someone with substance, I’d pick the girl on the left. If I were a guy looking to score, I’d pick the girl on the right.

  • JRQ

    The cute athletic-looking girl on the left, while friendly-looking, surely has physical standards I don’t meet.

    The one on the right, on the other hand, appears in the picture to actually be sitting at the bar with me already, intent on our conversation…she gives the impression the hard work has already been done, as it were.


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