Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Fattie Fattie Two By Four
I’ve been considering starting up the whole online dating thing again. Exploring some sites, reading some headlines, etc. I heard about one site that connects scientists with other scientists or “fans” of scientists. That sounds interesting, to connect based on occupation. (Tell me, where are the doctor dating sites?) Today on CNN.com a headline caught my attention:
Dating site expels “fatties.”
Ok, how rude is that??
Or… is it rude?
We are, after all, a capitalist society in which businesses that attract people and keep folks coming back are the ones that succeed.
The dating site BeautifulPeople.com uses a voting system to allow new members. Once your profile is up, you get 72 hours for other members to vote whether you are attractive enough to remain on the site. Since the recent holidays, BeautifulPeople.com has booted 5000 members after those members gained weight and no longer qualified as “beautiful” in the eyes of other members. The managing director, Greg Hodge, said they have a “strict ban on ugly people.” OK, that language is clearly rude. He goes on to say: “Is it elitist? Yes, it is, because our members want it to be. Is it lookist? Yes, it is, because our members want it to be. Is it PC? No, it's not, but it's honest."
Hmmm. Capitalism…I guess. If the site generates profit, I guess that speaks for itself as to whether the voting system works
The company said it "expelled" 1,520 users from the U.S., 832 from the U.K., 533 from Canada, 510 from Poland, 425 from Germany, 402 from Italy, 323 from France, 220 from Denmark, 176 from Turkey and 88 people from Russia. In the e-mail, it gave users suggestions for boot camps and workout facilities to get themselves back in shape. It must have enough members to comfortably take a profit hit of that size. There’s some weird psychological aspect to this dating site… like the polar opposite of “I wouldn’t want to be a member of a club that would have me as a member.” I suppose it boosts many peoples’ egos to be ‘voted in”.
Go here to read the whole article and tell me: Fair or not fair? Nice or not nice? Would you belong to this club?
On the other hand.... I wonder, would THESE models make it onto the site then???? JEEZ!
Wish me luck... it's a dog eat dog world out there in online dating....
(ok, pun intended. I know, corny, corny ;-)