Dating sites see success catering to the beautiful—and the ugly.
BeautifulPeople.com caters only to daters voted attractive by other members of the site—and they've been doing so well that back in June, they opened up a virtual sperm and egg bank. Their fertility forum even generously opened up membership to those deemed not attractive enough to date its members: "Initially, we hesitated to widen the offering to non-beautiful people. But everyone—including ugly people—would like to bring good looking children in to the world, and we can't be selfish with our attractive gene pool," company founder Robert Hintze explained. Are You Hot Enough For This Dating Site?
Meanwhile, DarwinDating.com offers a helpful list of criteria for attractiveness. In order to join the site, they ask that daters don't "suffer from," among a long list of 41 items: wobbly upper arms, out of proportion noses, red hair and too many freckles, nerdy glasses, or saggy boobs.
Don't worry, saggy redheads, there's hope for you yet. There are sites out there that also cater to freaks of nature who dare to have an out of proportion nose. Just look at UglySchmucks.com, a new dating site catering to the unattractive... or as creator Joe Deluca so eloquently put it, "Some of these will be moderately ugly, but others will have fallen from the ugly tree and hit every branch on their way down." Online Dating With A Darwinian Hitch
So does dating within your beauty league work? It did for two members of UK's TheUglyBugBall.com—self-described "great personalities" Tom Clifford and Janine Walker recently got engaged after meeting on the site that caters to the "aesthetically challenged." Is beauty in the eye of the beholder—Walker calls Clifford "the perfect, handsome prince," while Clifford says his bride-to-be is beautiful—or do we all need to get our eyes (and heads) checked? A glance at the couple's photo in the UK's Metro surprised me... they're a cute twosome! So why banish oneself to the "ugly" corners of the internet to find love? In his first email to Walker, Clifford wrote, "I've got a face that makes children cry but, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder—and I think you'll love me too." His face didn't make me cry... but that statement sure made me want to.
What do you think? Are dating sites that focus on beauty offensive, or do they work?