I’ve blogged about Beautiful People Dot Com here, and this post will be about that dating site. Beautiful People is basically a peer reviewed dating website and why not? Science journals are peered reviewed…maybe by people with slightly larger intellects (ouch!). Beautiful People members apparently review new applicants and like websites like ‘hot or not’ (remember that site?).
On the other side of the world, a journalist decided to take this site on, with interesting results:
”Dear Richard,” it began. ”Unfortunately, your application to the BeautifulPeople Network was not successful. The members of BeautifulPeople did not find your profile attractive enough.”
Hence the question in the title of this post: Would you do the man in the image on the left? Is he that unsightly? I don’t think so. But according to the Eugenicists at Beautiful People, he isn’t up to their standards and I do think that eugenics plays a role. Some people think eugenics and think of a bygone era, but there is no such thing. All the trends toward cosmetic improvement point toward a eugenic element in society. What is interesting about the internet is that it allows these sorts of sites to proliferate; in our waking world, most societies are openly against the Nazi-esque attitude of ’superior’ people and superhumans but on the web, sites like Beautiful People Dot Com are, according to journalist Richard Jinman, only focused on the superficial layers.
Why did a bespectacled, unbuffed journalist in his 40s think he could join this parade of youthful pulchitrude? A site that saves you from ”filtering through unattractive people on mainstream sites” by barring uglies, and which made international headlines recently by sacking 5000 of its members for putting on a few kilos over Christmas.
”Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded,” the site’s founder, Robert Hintze explained.
Sadly, my face also seemed to pose a threat to Hintze’s business model. Minutes after uploading my photograph the internet shook with Beautiful indignation.
So my question, and I hope women do answer in the comments section below, is the title of this post: Would you do (date) this man?If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed.