TLDR #7 - It's Rating Men

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 03:52 PM

Lulu is an app that lets women rate guys they've slept with. Was he willing to commit? Was he gassy? The ratings are anonymous, and men can't see their profiles.

When Lulu launched earlier this year, people didn't like it, but it also seemed more like a thought experiment than a real social network women would use. Nine months later, the company says that one in four female college students is using it. This week, we talk about Lulu with Maureen O'Connor, who blogs for New York Magazine's The Cut.

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> Kat: "The thing that I found interesting is that the average rating was 7.5 out of 10 for the men that were rated. This story reminded me that women are generally kinder than men and boys."

Oh, I don't know about that interpretation. OKCupid had users rate the opposite sex on a scale of 1-5. They found that women were generally rated by men in a balanced way - i.e. about half of the women had an average score of 3 or higher and half had an average score of 3 or lower. On the other hand, about 80% of men were rated (by women) as having an average score of 3 or lower. In other words, women rated men as "below average" 80% of the time.

As for why there's a difference between the OKCupid ratings of men and the Lulu scores of men: I'm not sure, but I think the Lulu scores were based on men that the women had actually dated and the score was about the whole person, whereas OKCupid was asking women to rate men that they had never met and it was based on physical appearance alone.

Feb. 17 2014 04:01 PM
Kat Lorimor, RN from phoenix, az

The thing that I found interesting is that the average rating was 7.5 out of 10 for the men that were rated. This story reminded me that women are generally kinder than men and boys. Imagine what this would have devolved into had it been for men, about women. In some ways if feels like a good tool for women to use in order to stay safe, and make better choices when it comes to dating.

Nov. 21 2013 02:08 PM
Ugh from Stupid World

What a stupid culture. What a stupid feature.

Nov. 17 2013 11:04 AM
R. Michael Litchfield from Eugene

I've kind of liked the tldr's stuff until this episode.

Wow, are you really that much of a stereotype that all you care about is what someone might have to say about the size of your wang?

Really?

No, honestly, is that all you care about or even what is uppermost in your mind?

Nov. 16 2013 05:13 PM

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