So, there’s a dating website called beautifulpeople.com, which describes itself as an “elite” website for “exclusively beautiful” people. This state of beautifulness is apparently determined by a HotOrNot-style online vote.
To become [members], applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex. Members rate all new applicants over a 48 hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant ‘beautiful’. Should applicants secure enough positive votes from members, they will be granted a full membership to the BeautifulPeople Network… BeautifulPeople does not define beauty it simply gives an accurate representation of what society’s ideal of beauty is.
Hmm. Okay, I guess it’s a website for people who enjoy the societal beauty ideal and prioritize that in finding a mate. Are these people superficial and shallow, or are this merely a way for people to date people within their physical preference, like a BBW dating site? (And I could have sworn we’d talked about BBW dating sites in the past, but now I can’t find the discussion…)
So that’s my first question. But here’s where it gets even more interesting: the site recently kicked off 5,000 people who had “let themselves go” (ugh, hate that phrase) over Christmas. Which obviously means that gaining weight automatically = a loss of beauty in the eyes of the “societal ideal” which obviously we already knew.
“We responded to complaints by moving the newly chubby members back to the rating stage. This is the same as having them re-apply,” said Greg Hodge, the managing director. Mr Hodge said the “festive fatties” had become an annual problem. “Every year we see that some of our members from western cultures eat and drink to excess over the holidays and clearly their looks suffer,” he said… In an attempt to soften the blow to those given the boot, the website sent details of fitness centres where they could work off their holiday excesses.
Robert Hintze, founder of BeautifulPeople.com, said: “As a business, we mourn the loss of any member, but the fact remains that our members demand the high standard of beauty be upheld. Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded.”
My first thought was honestly, you reap what you sow. The entire idea of the website is to be “un-PC” and inflammatory and hate on fat people; if you join in the first place and start voting on people, you know what you’re getting yourself into. Which brings me to my second question: do you agree or disagree?
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