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Visualization of OkCupid Data[1] with Decile in correlation to population rankings

The decile scale is a 1 to 10 scale widely used to rank attractiveness. Such scales have been used for at least a century[2] and calling someone a "nine" or "ten" is extremely common lingo.[3] The decile scale was popularized by the shitty film "10" in 1979[4] and by the rating website "Hot or Not" in the 2000s.[5]

Details[edit | edit source]

In common usage, the decile scale is only used to rank by superficial appearance as people care the most about looks in a potential partner at first.[6] Although easy to use, rating only looks has several weaknesses as a general means of raking potential mates:

  • People do agree substantially about the looks of others, especially at the extremes of looks (the Cronbach's alpha, a measure of internal reliability, i.e. agreement, for attractiveness ratings is typically high, >0.8). However, especially in the mid-range (deciles 3-7), different raters rank the same individual quite differently depending on their individual preferences ("beauty is in the eye of the beholder" - W. Shakespeare). Nonetheless, a 5 will always be in the 5th decile according to the ratings of many, so many however that the scale is impractical for telling, say, 5 and 6 apart.
  • Looks are at most only weakly related to other desirable traits.[7] Indeed, some women may prefer a male partner not be too good-looking because they perceive attractive men to be arrogant, egotistical, unfaithful, or otherwise low quality mates; however, much of this may be virtue signalling due to a stigma against those males being seen as 'shallow'. Women do take the attractiveness of potential male partners into account when estimating these men's likelihood of being unfaithful, but this trait is apparently not related to men's propensity to actually be unfaithful.[8]
  • Looks are also only weakly related to sexual success.[9] Even though in one study unattractive people (of either sex) faced a 1.5-3 times higher chance of remaining virgin during early adulthood, all of the 26 very unattractive men in that study did have sex by around age 28.[10] Hence, it is somewhat misleading to categorize a 2 as an incel.

Criticism of decile ratings[edit | edit source]

Some argue that the concept of decile ratings is flawed as it does not necessarily concept to the scientific measurement of attractiveness as a trait that is distributed in the population. It is also not clear what is being measured with these subjective judgements, either subjective desirability or perceived flawlessness according to a specific attractiveness standard.[11]

Table[edit | edit source]

See also: Inceldom spectrum
Decile Males Females Male experience
10 Gigachad Gigastacy Sex tents
Tutorial mode
9 Chad Stacy
8 Chadlite Stacylite
7 male High-tier normy High-tier Becky
6 Brad Male mid-tier normy Becky Female mid-tier normy Betabux, Cuckmaxx
5 Tanner Low-tier Becky Betabux, Cuckmaxx
4 Melvin male Low-tier normy Gertrude Female Low-tier normy Betabux, Cuckmaxx
3 Incelish Semicel Failed normie Femcelish Femcel-lite High-tier femcel Inceldom spectrum,
NEET, sexual frustration, SEAmaxxing
2 Incel (male inceldom) Femcel (foid inceldom) Inceldom spectrum,
NEET, sexual frustration, SEAmaxxing
1 Truecel (Omega male) Truefemcel (Omega female) Inceldom spectrum,
NEET, sexual frustration,
Genetic dead end

Correlation with Data[edit | edit source]

According to the works from OkCupid[1], people who are rated 5 or above are the top 20% of the population, and those that are rated higher than the 7.5 range are the top 4% of the population (thus follows the 80/20 Rule). Also as a side note, the population median is ~2.75, the 20th percentile is ~1, and the 4th percentile is ~0.25.

Warning on Influence-Free Rated Attractiveness, Percentile Attractiveness and Message/Reply Rate[edit | edit source]

The cited research has forgotten the difference between rated attractiveness, percentile attractiveness, and reply rate (as an honest representation of attractiveness).

Rated attractiveness and percentile attractiveness can be platform agnostic (if given an environment where the male ratees are not present, as to control for Virtue signaling)

Reply rate can often skew one way or another based on the media platform's Life history preference (see Wheat Waffle's Attraction Scale and Online vs Cold Approach).

Warning on literal vs figurative decile[edit | edit source]

Emil Kirkegaard[12] has noted that the decile rating directly corresponds to perceived decile attractiveness ranking. Since it is near linear for women from the men's perspectives, but power law distributed for men from women's perspective, it reaffirms the idea that uglycels are invisible to women.

PSL scale[edit | edit source]

Another scale is the PSL rating scale which goes from 1-8. To find out your position on the PSL scale, deduct 2 points from the rating you recieved on the much more common decile scale. The idea behind it is that a man's position on the PSL scale directly correlates with how women perceive him. In the statistics released by the dating site OkCupid, men received much more harsh ratings (81% percent of them being rated as below average looking) by women than vice versa. Thus a male 7 will not actually be considered on par with female 7 in terms of their SMV, but will instead be perceived as a 5.

References[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]



Looks theoryLooksRegression toward the meanBeautyGolden RatioDecilePSL ratingThe WallScientific BlackpillPhysiognomyBody dysmorphic disorderCheerleader effectGaitLooks bottleneck

Lookism communities (defunct)


GymmaxxingHeightmaxxingStatusmaxxingMoneymaxxingSurgerymaxxingWhitemaxxingAnabolic steroidsHGHSARMsJelqingSkinmaxxingFacemaxxing
Controversial: MewingBone smashingFacepullingNofaping

Looks levels

MelvinTannerBradChadliteCryptochadChadGigachadPretty Boy | LandwhaleWitchBeckyStacyliteStacyGigastacy | High-tier normie


EthnicelJBW theoryRicecelCurrycelBlackcelArabcelWhitecel


AcnecelWristcelBaldcelEyecelNosecelOldcelUglycelFatcelShortcelTear troughSkinnycelDentofacial deformityUpper eyelid exposureWide Set Eyes

Body Parts

EyesBulging eyesLateral orbital rimLipsLower thirdMandibleInfraorbital rimMaxillaEyebrowMoustacheBoobsButtocksLeggingsFeetBrow ridgeCheeksPenisBonepressedVaginaPubic hair

Body Characteristics

MacrophallismMacropenis dilemmaMidface ratioNeotenySexual attractivenessSexual dimorphismFacial Aesthetics: Concepts and Clinical DiagnosisNorwoodingFashionAntefaceFiveheadFrameFacial width-to-height ratioChinCanthal tiltCompact midfaceDeep-set eyesHunter eyesIPDFacial masculinityFacial asymmetryBody attractivenessMuscle theoryNeck theoryFeminizationEstrogenTestosteroneMilkmiredWinemiredAcneES ratioWide-set eyesFacial Convexity