Tuthmosis is a Columnist-at-Large at Return of Kings. You can follow him on Twitter. I was also single-handedly responsible for having the once-great-but-now-shitty website HotOrNot blocked at my old job, when the IT department invariably realized how much a work-buddy and I would visit the site from my office computer.
This went on for entire afternoons during light days. It seems like every few months I come across another attempt to settle the debate which, in the end, reeks of reductionism or hubris. This debate will never end because, like sports and politics, the joy is in the disagreement.
The Binary Solution This is reductionism at its worst. The laughable gaps in this logic are too easy, and numerous, to itemize. I usually just counter: Asymptotic Theory One of the least controversial views is that there is, in fact, no such thing as a A 10, on a 1-to scale, implies perfection, and most guys—particularly those with our sensibilities— soundly reject the notion of flawlessness among women.
The scale goes in whole numbers with occasional allowances for halves until you get to 9. After that, you can approach 10, but you can never reach it.
Some guys increase granularity into the tenths after 9 e. The Pictorial Concept This is a novel solution that has been impressively executed by various sources. Extremism, Pride, and Emotion A regrettable feature of the 1-to debates is that a lot of guys succumb to emotion in their ratings, rather than producing even-handed, consistent assessments based on logic.
The Bangability Line Another matter of contention is settling on the location of the barely bangable line. While I find that a majority of men myself included now set that line at 5, others set it as high as 7.
The implication—which is rarely true—is that he only bangs 8s and 9s. My personal scale, which is strongly pegged to the Embarrasment Metric and Asymptotic Theory looks like this, summarized: Disfigured or irretrievably mutilated. Has two heads, is missing an eye, etc. Barely passes the boner test. Zero embarrassment, even some nascent pride in being seen with her.
You could bring her to things without looking bad, or losing any of the luster on your game. This is often the sweet spot for long-term relationship material. This is a girl who can easily monetize her beauty. A theoretical abstraction that only exists in the laboratory.
Judicious and honest application of the 1-to scale is an essential part of guy talk.