OkCupid Gives Us The Mathematics of Female Beauty While Attempting to Avoid Judging Anyone

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As usual, OkCupid’s latest blogpost tries to take some of the mystery out of online dating, explaining “The Mathematics of Female Beauty.” They’re expanding upon their work about what white people really like, and the difference between straight sex and gay sex, as if we weren’t aware of both those answers on some deep subconscious level. But this new post made me wonder: what’s the difference between facesnarking and healthy commentary and conjecture?

Specifically focused on women (don’t worry, men are to come), this piece “investigates female attractiveness, but without the usual photo analysis stuff. Instead, we look past a woman’s picture, into the reaction she creates in the reptile mind of the human male.” Basically, with the permission of some OkCupid users, the writers looked at different photos of women to see whether those that were rated the highest on their site actually got the most messages. The results might surprise you, or maybe not: they found that women whose looks are more polarizing actually get more messages than women who …

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Ashton Kutcher Tells Us What Romance Is in the Modern Age

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Despite the fact that he’s very blatantly plugging his new movie with Natalie Portman and his deal swilling the Nikon COOLPIX camera (it’s stylish, sleek and small!), and that he’s never written more than about 40 characters at a time, Harpers Bazaar has kindly allowed Ashton Kutcher to tell us about romance today. Because you see, “We haven’t lost romance in the digital age, but we may be neglecting it.” Tell me, Ashton, how?! Because of texting, and email, and …

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Your Tango’s “10 Stupid Things Men Say to Women” is as Advertised

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Your Tango recently posted a list of 10 stupid things men have said to women on first dates. Surprise, surprise, stupid is as stupid does. Without further ado:

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Are Men Really That Turned off by Successful Women?

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A new piece in the New York Times continues to push the idea that women who are too successful tend to be less lucky in finding and keeping a male partner. The article notes that while men do not like to be out earned by their partners, women whose partners are equally as successful are often forced into the role of homemakers once children are born. The successful women in the piece note that they keep the peace with their boyfriends and husbands by letting them drive, hold doors, pay for dinner (even if it is with the woman’s money) and do other stereotypically masculine things. Indeed, much of the tenor of the article is that women should try to behave more traditionally and make themselves seem helpless and submissive (more like the stereotypes of women in caring professions such as teaching and nursing, which are highly attractive to men); the …

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