Attractiveness and success

by Captain Walker

Categories: Humanities, Psychology & Philosophy

At any one time I have several posts in the backend that I am drafting, some over weeks and others over months.

Obviously a topic may hit me and I decide there and then to get on with that, instead of creating yet another draft.

So this morning (Sunday 8th May 2022), the topic of attractiveness comes up from my wild browsing of the ‘information superhighway‘. I won’t go into details of how I got there.

The more important issue is how attractiveness works. This topic is about women because ‘attractiveness‘ is not a word that is usually applied to men. Did I say men can’t be attractive? I did NOT!

The research on this topic is pretty settled – the jury had come in, many years ago.

Women who are perceived as attractive tend to get ahead more in careers, business, and other areas of life.

From my own observations the key characteristics of female attractiveness are:

  1. Facial features that people agree are attractive.
  2. Body shape – usually BMI between 20 and 23.
  3. Height >5′ 6″ (or 167 cm)
  4. Smell – perfume helps. Halitosis doesn’t.
  5. Likeability.
Rude interruption

Stupid: This is ridiculous!

CW: Are you a woman?

Stupid: No

CW: Are you a man?

Stupid: No. You haven’t stuck a gender or sex on me. You should know better than to ask.

CW: So what’s your problem?

Stupid: This post is sexist as hell!

CW: Rubbish.

Stupid: How?

CW: I don’t define the research. It is there. The findings have been settled for many years.

Stupid: Yeah – but you’re giving your opinion on what’s attractive. That’s just your preference. Other people might like chubby women under 5 foot tall, who smell like a donkey.

CW: That’s fine for other people. I am reporting my observations in summary of how I have seen loads of men react to women with the above characteristics I’ve listed. I’ve not seen a majority of men get excited about women who are “chubby women under 5 foot tall, who smell like a donkey.” Have you?

Stupid: No I haven’t but Kylie Minogue is just under 5 foot tall and most men found her to be attractive.

CW: Jeez. I fully agree. I’m not talking about individual exceptions. I’m giving a summary of statistically where it is.

Stupid: I don’t know about statistics.

CW: Good. Well shut up, listen, learn – and stop distracting me like that with things you don’t understand.

Stupid: But I’m trying to learn.

CW: I don’t believe that for one second. The pattern of your interruptions shows a propensity to jump in with rhetoric and insults. You’re just saying you’re trying to learn, so that other people will see me as insensitive etc. No more time for you. Back the box.


Jeeez! It becomes very difficult for me to write these blogs when I’m intruded upon by the above sorts of social media type of drivel, in the backdrop of my mind.

I feel tired now. So I’ll leave it there with some screenshots and links.

From Personnel Psychology at Wiley.

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