One of the most important, universally accepted and understood rating systems is the Scale of 1-10. This is most commonly used to quantify attactiveness. And if you are being diplomatic, it can also be used to quantify personality...but this isn't as much fun as judging someone purely on the external beauty.
I once got in a debate with someone about "What's the Lowest Number You Would Date?"
I stand by my decision, even in the face of being called shallow. The lowest I would be willing to date is a 6. I may dip to a 5.5 if I truly believed it rounds up to a 6. THAT IS NOT SHALLOW! That is realistic.
The opponent in this argument claimed that he would be willing to date a 4 with a really great personality. BULLSHIT. Unless of course this person is also honest with himself, and recognizes that he is only a 4. Either way- I don't buy it.
A scale of 1-10 is 100% objective...beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Theoretically, one man's 8 may be another man's 4. That is why I wouldn't date anyone that I deem "below average." How many hot relationships start with you saying to your friends, "I am so attracted to his below average looks! I mean, I find 60% of people more attractive than him...and that's what I love most." NONE.
I must find a man above average looking to be attracted to him...I don't particularly care if every woman in the world would also give him a rating of 6 or higher- but if I can't look at him and think, "Damn! He is one good looking mother fucker!" then I will never want get naked around him and do dirty things. I have tried. It doesn't work. I lose interest or have to be drunk. Either way- not good.
BUT I don't judge my scale of attractiveness PURELY on looks. So ugly dudes still have a shot if they have other redeeming qualities. I give "point boosters" for other things that make me swoon.
POINT BOOSTERS INCLUDE (but not limited to):
- Sense of humor (Seth Rogan is my example here...now that he has lost weight and all)
- Foreign accent (totally makes up for Hugh Grant's hideous teeth)
- Musical skills like singing/guitar/drums (like the Beatles were ever ACTUALLY cute without those instruments)
- Swagger/Confidence (Jay-Z is would be a 4 without his swagger)
So a 4 face could totally become a 6+ with the right skillz and personality. I think this is more than generous.
Call me shallow. Call me crazy. But, really, am I wrong? What is the lowest you would date?