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Oh, my Beatrice. If ever an image inspiring the most perfect chivalrous values, a pining for that fantastical time when you'd never want anything more than to cloak her in your faithful execution of them, until the end of time...
The topic of "what women want" isn't one I spend much time contemplating. I tend to think the (non-post modern feminist) conventional wisdom regarding what is desired in a man more-or-less gets it right: Financial success, self-confidence, good personal hygiene (including dress), intelligence, being one standard deviation above the mean in height, a symetrical and... Read More
++Addition++Is Agnostic's last name is O'Brien? My thoughts are apparently contained within his, though he knows much beyond! He did a similar analysis of Maxim's hottest in '06, of which I was totally unaware. Interestingly, he found average height to be exactly the same as I did for the '08 list, measured in tenths of... Read More
GNXP's Agnostic has done a series of posts arguing that the trend in male preference for brunettes relative to blonds already exists in the US (and Western Europe?) and is becoming stronger. That contradicts the speculative conclusion arrived at here by looking at Maxim magazine's list of the 100 'hottest' women of '08. He persuasively... Read More
++Addition++Agnostic posted something similar back in January, but due to my apparent gayness, the following adds to it by injecting gender into the relationship between sexual activity and age.---There are several different ways to estimate at what age physical attractiveness peaks among men and women. For my part, looking at Maxim's Hottest 100 list of... Read More
The 2016 iteration of the GSS is out. There are some new items that will further highlight how open borders and diversity kill libertarianism dead. They'll take some time to work through. For now, a brief miscellany of interesting tidbits: - The survey is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by the... Read More
I've remarked before how pleasantly surprising it was to find that the 2016 iteration of the GSS asked interviewers to assess the physical attractiveness of survey respondents they interviewed. Here is to hoping it is being repeated in the Current Year as we speak (the 2018 data is now being gathered). The following graph shows... Read More