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2013-05-22 05:04:57 PM

Martian_Astronomer: I would tend to say the 24-26 range, not only physically, but also because psychologically it's that golden window of serious optimism between youthful frivolity and dissilusioned bitterness.

Unfortunately, I am about to turn 30, have a boring job, and am not rich, so that age range is now out of my grasp unless I can reinvent myself. I'm seriously considering taking time off from engineering...


As someone who is a) in that age bracket and b) has plenty of single female friends in the same bracket, I can say that for most of them, your age is pretty much ideal for what they looking for in a partner.

As for not being rich? I don't think that matters at all. They're looking for someone with stability who doesn't act like a teenager and/or live with their parents (which is a shockingly proportion of men our age).
 
2013-05-22 05:08:27 PM

DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.


That's beautiful, man.
 
2013-05-22 05:09:22 PM
This is a very disappointing thread.
 
2013-05-22 05:10:16 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: This is a very disappointing thread.


The pic in your profile is somewhat disturbing.
 
2013-05-22 05:10:49 PM

DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.


Until they kill you.
 
2013-05-22 05:11:28 PM

Magnanimous_J: StrandedInAZ: Magnanimous_J: Odd Bird: 29?  pfffftttt...they're still emerging from their girl stage.

And sliding comfortably into their shrieky troll stage which lasts just long enough for them to turn into adorable grandmas.

I'm childless (in fact, I'm gay). So there will be no grandma moments for me. Although I'm gay, I get hit on by more men than women. It must be my feminine wiles.

I would post pics, but I know better than that. Plus I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.

/former college track athlete; also a military vet, and I still work out at least 3X a week
//yes, I look good

...which is why you felt the need to interject yourself into a comment that wasn't directed at you personally?


I'm sorry. I didn't know I was only allowed to respond to posts directed at me personally.  I guess I'm one of those women who doesn't know my place.

Or maybe you're just an asshole. My money's on that.
 
2013-05-22 05:11:53 PM

StrandedInAZ: DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.

That's one of the nicest things I've ever read on Fark.


Thank you. It's just a shame I didn't learn this (or how to be this smooth) until I was 35 and had been married for five years.
 
2013-05-22 05:12:01 PM
On the day of their first wedding.
 
2013-05-22 05:14:03 PM

StrandedInAZ: Magnanimous_J: StrandedInAZ: Magnanimous_J: Odd Bird: 29?  pfffftttt...they're still emerging from their girl stage.

And sliding comfortably into their shrieky troll stage which lasts just long enough for them to turn into adorable grandmas.

I'm childless (in fact, I'm gay). So there will be no grandma moments for me. Although I'm gay, I get hit on by more men than women. It must be my feminine wiles.

I would post pics, but I know better than that. Plus I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.

/former college track athlete; also a military vet, and I still work out at least 3X a week
//yes, I look good

...which is why you felt the need to interject yourself into a comment that wasn't directed at you personally?

I'm sorry. I didn't know I was only allowed to respond to posts directed at me personally.  I guess I'm one of those women who doesn't know my place.

Or maybe you're just an asshole. My money's on that.


Well to be fair, you did kind of answer a question that no one asked.

/just sayin'
 
2013-05-22 05:14:13 PM

calm like a bomb: thisisyourbrainonFark: This is a very disappointing thread.

The pic in your profile is somewhat disturbing.


It was a weird time.
 
2013-05-22 05:15:25 PM

ph0rk: meat0918: ph0rk: Martian_Astronomer: I would tend to say the 24-26 range, not only physically, but also because psychologically it's that golden window of serious optimism between youthful frivolity and dissilusioned bitterness.

Unfortunately, I am about to turn 30, have a boring job, and am not rich, so that age range is now out of my grasp unless I can reinvent myself. I'm seriously considering taking time off from engineering...

What? I thought engineering was the path to riches!

Competition with H1B holders is driving down wages a touch...

Gosh! That never comes up in Fark threads about how stupid degrees in English are.


You don't usually get many H1B visa holders going after those lucrative barista jobs.

/I believe I'm required by law to make that joke
 
2013-05-22 05:17:01 PM

IdBeCrazyIf: I never peak, she usually taps out and I'm left to lay there and try and jack it


"Try", what are you a T-Rex?
 
2013-05-22 05:18:09 PM

toraque: You don't usually get many H1B visa holders going after those lucrative barista jobs.


I'm holding down a computer for not a fark of a lot of money. Yay, job. *twirls finger*

/former H1B holder
//What did I get it for, again? I forget...
 
2013-05-22 05:19:07 PM

StrandedInAZ: I'm sorry. I didn't know I was only allowed to respond to posts directed at me personally.


Just seems odd that someone who is as secure with moving into her autumn years as you claim to be would take the time to hold yourself up as an contrary example to what was obviously a dickish joke.

In the future, you should read the way your words come across, because they sounded insecure to me. However, if you wanted to post those pics, I'll still take a look. You've still got some time before the gym.

StrandedInAZ: Or maybe you're just an asshole. My money's on that.


I prefer the term "classically masculine"
 
2013-05-22 05:19:27 PM

miss diminutive: Martian_Astronomer: I would tend to say the 24-26 range, not only physically, but also because psychologically it's that golden window of serious optimism between youthful frivolity and dissilusioned bitterness.

Unfortunately, I am about to turn 30, have a boring job, and am not rich, so that age range is now out of my grasp unless I can reinvent myself. I'm seriously considering taking time off from engineering...

As someone who is a) in that age bracket and b) has plenty of single female friends in the same bracket, I can say that for most of them, your age is pretty much ideal for what they looking for in a partner.

As for not being rich? I don't think that matters at all. They're looking for someone with stability who doesn't act like a teenager and/or live with their parents (which is a shockingly proportion of men our age).


This times a billionty. My girlfriend is in that same bracket, and I too am approaching 30 with a boring job. A sense of humor, a modicum of responsibility, and interests outside of your career go a long ways. I recommend learning an instrument or some kind of physical outdoors hobby.
 
2013-05-22 05:20:41 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: calm like a bomb: thisisyourbrainonFark: This is a very disappointing thread.

The pic in your profile is somewhat disturbing.

It was a weird time.


I would guess so.  I bet you lost some weight, though.
 
2013-05-22 05:22:28 PM
I like the 27-30 year old age for women, they lose the babyface and instead of looking hot or sexy they start to look beautiful.
 
2013-05-22 05:25:15 PM
I was def looking my best at 24/25.

It's weird now that I'm in my 30's... I'm not longer growing "up", I'm just growing old.
 
2013-05-22 05:25:17 PM
An average age is kind of silly because different women peak at very different ages.  Some corn-fed American country girls blossom in their late teens and then pack on pounds in their 20's.  Some Asian women look like little girls until they are 25, but then look gorgeous until they are in their 50's.
 
2013-05-22 05:25:39 PM
I'm 41 and have learned to peak by myself quite fine. Thank Gid since I'm so old.
 
2013-05-22 05:26:14 PM
Thank gid I thanked gid
 
2013-05-22 05:27:21 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.

Very insightful, but you lost me with the Hallmarkesque business at the end.


Learn to roll with the cheese, keep a straight face, believe it as you say it, but don't spread it on too thick.
 
2013-05-22 05:31:58 PM

DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.


Basically, you're saying there's girls, and there's women, then there's ladies.
 
2013-05-22 05:32:26 PM

Lollipop165: I was def looking my best at 24/25.

It's weird now that I'm in my 30's... I'm not longer growing "up", I'm just growing old.


The growing old thing has gotten to me in the last year. I was fine for my early 30s even, but now I'm thinking "Well shiat it's all downhill from here, isn't it?". Bleh. I'm just gonna blame advertising.
 
2013-05-22 05:33:13 PM
it's actually whatever age Mila Kunis is.
 
2013-05-22 05:33:24 PM

miss diminutive: In my experience, men tend to peak about 6 minutes too soon.


Heh...it amazes me when we men sell ourselves as studs yet can't farking do even sex right.
 
2013-05-22 05:34:10 PM
Women think about sex as much as men think about shoes so men don't need to worry about it. We peak when we find a women who says yes for whatever reason.
 
2013-05-22 05:34:57 PM

CapeFearCadaver: miss diminutive: In my experience, men tend to peak about 2 6 minutes too soon in and then go flaccid.


Sounds like you need to find a better man, baby. Sleeping with teens comes at a cost - while they will overlook your weight and looks, their quickness is sure to disappoint. I guess there are trade-offs if no one else wants you though. ;)
 
2013-05-22 05:35:17 PM

StrandedInAZ: I think women peak at 40.

Full disclosure: I'm 40, and I think I look better than I did at 29. It may just be that I know so much more than I did back then, which makes me more confident, which makes me look better. I certainly get hit on more now than I did back then. Who knows?


Monica Bellucci is in her mid-late 40s and still kills women half her age with that great body of hers.
 
2013-05-22 05:35:20 PM

Rwa2play: miss diminutive: In my experience, men tend to peak about 6 minutes too soon.

Heh...it amazes me when we men sell ourselves as studs yet can't farking do even sex right.


I prefer odd sex. Really odd sex.
 
2013-05-22 05:38:47 PM

DreamyAltarBoy: UrukHaiGuyz: DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.

Very insightful, but you lost me with the Hallmarkesque business at the end.

Learn to roll with the cheese, keep a straight face, believe it as you say it, but don't spread it on too thick.


Well now you're just giving good condiment advice. I never really learned how to smooth talk, but asking questions, cracking jokes and being frank has worked for me so far.
 
2013-05-22 05:39:45 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: Basically, you're saying there's girls, and there's women, then there's ladies.


And dames. Never forget dames. Or broads.
 
2013-05-22 05:40:16 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.

Basically, you're saying there's girls, and there's women, then there's ladies.


Close, but that implies a linear development for all, but that is merely semantic and not worth the breath to debate.
 
2013-05-22 05:41:29 PM

Martian_Astronomer: I would tend to say the 24-26 range, not only physically, but also because psychologically it's that golden window of serious optimism between youthful frivolity and dissilusioned bitterness.

Unfortunately, I am about to turn 30, have a boring job, and am not rich, so that age range is now out of my grasp unless I can reinvent myself. I'm seriously considering taking time off from engineering...



Dude, when you turn 30, the 19 year olds suddenly want in your pants. Why? who knows, or cares.

And there's no way the 24-26 crowd thinks you're too old at 30.
 
2013-05-22 05:42:57 PM
 
2013-05-22 05:45:00 PM

miss diminutive: Martian_Astronomer: I would tend to say the 24-26 range, not only physically, but also because psychologically it's that golden window of serious optimism between youthful frivolity and dissilusioned bitterness.

Unfortunately, I am about to turn 30, have a boring job, and am not rich, so that age range is now out of my grasp unless I can reinvent myself. I'm seriously considering taking time off from engineering...

As someone who is a) in that age bracket and b) has plenty of single female friends in the same bracket, I can say that for most of them, your age is pretty much ideal for what they looking for in a partner.

As for not being rich? I don't think that matters at all. They're looking for someone with stability who doesn't act like a teenager and/or live with their parents (which is a shockingly proportion of men our age).


I know I'm not old yet; I'm just cynically acknowledging that I can see my window closing a little, that I didn't have as much fun in my 20 as I would have liked, and that catching up on said fun may remove me from the "stable" category for a year or two. Really, my ideal job right now would be something like doing field support for those geological monitoring units that they stick on mountaintops or something.

As far as being rich goes: I didn't mean that women are all consciously trying to snag as wealthy a guy as possible, but I do tend to think that even among younger women it plays a much larger role than they'll acknowledge. For one thing, money is either a prerequisite or proxy indicator for a lot of things women say they want in a man. When women say they want a guys who "likes to travel" or "likes to try new things" or "has interesting hobbies," it's much easier to fulfill those criteria if you have significant disposable income. Similarly, when women say they want a guy who "has goals" or " is mature" or "has his shiat together," there is an implicit assumption that this means "has a decent job."

I don't think that money is an end-all indicator, any of this is wrong, mind you, but money does make it easier to come across as fun, interesting, confident, or worth knowing in general.

/ I would probably accept a 50% pay cut and go back to living like a college student for a while to get some of this creativity/wanderlust out of my system
 
2013-05-22 05:45:58 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: DreamyAltarBoy: UrukHaiGuyz: DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.

Very insightful, but you lost me with the Hallmarkesque business at the end.

Learn to roll with the cheese, keep a straight face, believe it as you say it, but don't spread it on too thick.

Well now you're just giving good condiment advice. I never really learned how to smooth talk, but asking questions, cracking jokes and being frank has worked for me so far.


Condiment, compliment, whatever. Go with what works for you, and it sounds like you can't go wrong. Rarely do people put up false fronts in the face of frank honesty.
 
2013-05-22 05:47:37 PM

Martian_Astronomer: I don't think that money is an end-all indicator, any of this is wrong, mind you, but money does make it easier to come across as fun, interesting, confident, or worth knowing in general.

/ I would probably accept a 50% pay cut and go back to living like a college student for a while to get some of this creativity/wanderlust out of my system


I tend to disagree with your assessment, but I can totally see how it could be extremely valid for a lot of women, so I'll concede that point. However I gotta say that the fact that you know and can discuss cogently the things going on in your head is pretty darn sexy. :)
 
2013-05-22 05:47:53 PM

Martian_Astronomer: miss diminutive: Martian_Astronomer: I would tend to say the 24-26 range, not only physically, but also because psychologically it's that golden window of serious optimism between youthful frivolity and dissilusioned bitterness.

Unfortunately, I am about to turn 30, have a boring job, and am not rich, so that age range is now out of my grasp unless I can reinvent myself. I'm seriously considering taking time off from engineering...

As someone who is a) in that age bracket and b) has plenty of single female friends in the same bracket, I can say that for most of them, your age is pretty much ideal for what they looking for in a partner.

As for not being rich? I don't think that matters at all. They're looking for someone with stability who doesn't act like a teenager and/or live with their parents (which is a shockingly proportion of men our age).

I know I'm not old yet; I'm just cynically acknowledging that I can see my window closing a little, that I didn't have as much fun in my 20 as I would have liked, and that catching up on said fun may remove me from the "stable" category for a year or two. Really, my ideal job right now would be something like doing field support for those geological monitoring units that they stick on mountaintops or something.

As far as being rich goes: I didn't mean that women are all consciously trying to snag as wealthy a guy as possible, but I do tend to think that even among younger women it plays a much larger role than they'll acknowledge. For one thing, money is either a prerequisite or proxy indicator for a lot of things women say they want in a man. When women say they want a guys who "likes to travel" or "likes to try new things" or "has interesting hobbies," it's much easier to fulfill those criteria if you have significant disposable income. Similarly, when women say they want a guy who "has goals" or " is mature" or "has his shiat together," there is an implicit assumption that this means "has a decent job."

I don't thi ...


The number of unemployed assholes that I know who get their girlfriends to pay for *everything* seems to suggest that in some cases, having money, ambition, and stability is considered a detriment in certain circles.
 
2013-05-22 05:49:04 PM

DreamyAltarBoy: UrukHaiGuyz: DreamyAltarBoy: UrukHaiGuyz: DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.

Very insightful, but you lost me with the Hallmarkesque business at the end.

Learn to roll with the cheese, keep a straight face, believe it as you say it, but don't spread it on too thick.

Well now you're just giving good condiment advice. I never really learned how to smooth talk, but asking questions, cracking jokes and being frank has worked for me so far.

Condiment, compliment, whatever. Go with what works for you, and it sounds like you can't go wrong. Rarely do people put up false fronts in the face of frank honesty.


Put mustard on a hotdog, but not ketchup or (hork!) relish.
 
2013-05-22 05:51:28 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: DreamyAltarBoy: UrukHaiGuyz: DreamyAltarBoy: UrukHaiGuyz: DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.

Very insightful, but you lost me with the Hallmarkesque business at the end.

Learn to roll with the cheese, keep a straight face, believe it as you say it, but don't spread it on too thick.

Well now you're just giving good condiment advice. I never really learned how to smooth talk, but asking questions, cracking jokes and being frank has worked for me so far.

Condiment, compliment, whatever. Go with what works for you, and it sounds like you can't go wrong. Rarely do people put up false fronts in the face of frank honesty.

Put mustard on a hotdog, but not ketchup or (hork!) relish.


Mustard, kraut and onions, but carry breath mints.
 
2013-05-22 05:58:27 PM

Martian_Astronomer: I know I'm not old yet; I'm just cynically acknowledging that I can see my window closing a little, that I didn't have as much fun in my 20 as I would have liked,


I just turned 30 myself and the time in history that we were in our 20's was an AWFUL time. Don't get too down about it.

Martian_Astronomer: As far as being rich goes: I didn't mean that women are all consciously trying to snag as wealthy a guy as possible, but I do tend to think that even among younger women it plays a much larger role than they'll acknowledge. For one thing, money is either a prerequisite or proxy indicator for a lot of things women say they want in a man. When women say they want a guys who "likes to travel" or "likes to try new things" or "has interesting hobbies," it's much easier to fulfill those criteria if you have significant disposable income. Similarly, when women say they want a guy who "has goals" or " is mature" or "has his shiat together," there is an implicit assumption that this means "has a decent job."


Could not be more right. All those traits they claim to want are thinly veiled references to wealth. How wealthy is enough? Exactly 25% more wealthy then they are used to, no matter what that may be.


But where you are going wrong is letting them dictate the terms of the arrangement. Remember, you aren't the one with the shelf life. You are also the one with the options. No one's going to call you a spinster if you never marry. No one is going to feel sorry for you as you live the rest of your life doing what YOU want to do. No one is going to make disparaging remarks about your character if you go from one girlfriend to another. Enjoy your time and keep in mind that in about 5 years, they are going to start running after you like you're the last lifeboat on the Titanic. Then it's Martian's turn.
 
2013-05-22 06:01:30 PM

DreamyAltarBoy: Less than average women peak at 19 because the blush of youth is all they've got, average women peak at about 29, but truly beautiful women are a joy forever.


Well, at least until the freezer burn sets in.
 
2013-05-22 06:01:56 PM
IMO physically they peak around 22.  However they are too sexually timid and inexperienced and lack sensuality at that age, so it takes them a few years to reach their sexiness peak at 28 ... then their boobs go flat and they start getting cottage cheese dimples.  But we love em anyway, because we're not getting any younger either.
 
2013-05-22 06:02:36 PM

calm like a bomb: thisisyourbrainonFark: This is a very disappointing thread.

The pic in your profile is somewhat disturbing.


Yes, yes it is.
 
2013-05-22 06:03:12 PM

spiderpaz: IMO physically they peak around 22.  However they are too sexually timid and inexperienced and lack sensuality at that age, so it takes them a few years to reach their sexiness peak at 28 ... then their boobs go flat and they start getting cottage cheese dimples.  But we love em anyway, because we're not getting any younger either.


Except that men age like a fine wine, women age like milk.
 
2013-05-22 06:05:02 PM

StrandedInAZ: I think women peak at 40.

Full disclosure: I'm 40, and I think I look better than I did at 29. It may just be that I know so much more than I did back then, which makes me more confident, which makes me look better. I certainly get hit on more now than I did back then. Who knows?


That's just your eyesight going out and your memory losing clarity.
 
2013-05-22 06:06:08 PM

spiderpaz: StrandedInAZ: I think women peak at 40.

Full disclosure: I'm 40, and I think I look better than I did at 29. It may just be that I know so much more than I did back then, which makes me more confident, which makes me look better. I certainly get hit on more now than I did back then. Who knows?

That's just your eyesight going out and your memory losing clarity.


Just be kind and don't tell her *why* she's getting hit on more now.
 
2013-05-22 06:14:57 PM

waterrockets: who the fark cares?


FarkIThinkI'mAManlyMan(TM) does. Try telling them otherwise.

/also, studman69
 
2013-05-22 06:15:34 PM
At 29 you are past that youthful look, and in many cases you are expanding at an alarming rate.  Especially in the south....
 What is so amazing at 23 just does not look the same at 29 or 31.  Now thats not to say that you can still look damn good at that age but come on now...
 
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