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For the webtoon, see Lookism (webcomic).
For the forum, see Lookism.net.
It is widely regarded by lookists that facial aesthetics often beats physicality in attractiveness for women’s preference.

Lookism is a synonym of cacophobia, but without a psychiatric context. Lookism against people who have an extreme aesthetic appearance or are disfigured is sometimes called ableism or teratophobia. Popular forums dedicated to lookism are lookism.net and looksmax.me. Most humans are naturally extremely lookist.

For example people associate aesthetic appearance with all sorts of positive qualities (halo effect). People assume beauty strongly predicts ability and health, but in truth these correlations are quite weak.[1]

Incels sometimes self-obsess over their appearance as most dating is moving online, and online men who are average or ugly get almost no luck on these sites. It is simply brutal lookism that keeps them from getting any matches.[2]

Lookism and narcissism[edit | edit source]

In an increasingly lookist dating world, the only way to succeed is through vanity and narcissism. One can see incels as being forced to become vain to attract a partner in modern dating.

Looks are necessary to the formation of physical or romantic desire[edit | edit source]

As summarized in the blackpill article, women actually care a lot about men's looks. Women place a minimum threshold of attractiveness on potential mates.[3] Women also lie about the degree of importance of physical attractiveness.[4] One could begin to bargain that while looks matter, other factors matter too. One's full attractiveness could be seen as a composite score of their attractive features. Sadly, Looks were the only factor to predict interest in speed dating.[5] Attractiveness and masculinity also predicts a woman's chance of orgasm.[6] Looks are highly heritable as well.[7]

It is commonly assumed looks would only play a role in short-term partnerships, and that personality matters more in a long-term relationship. This is not the case.[8]

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

Lookism communities

Looksmax.meLookism.netLooksmax.net (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



Biological essentialismEugenicsEnvironmentalismTraditionalist conservatismFatalismBlackpillScientific BlackpillScientific Blackpill (Supplemental)Behavioral sinkHypergamyMatthew effectBeautyNeotenyFisherian runawayGood genes hypothesisDominance hierarchyIntrasexual competitionJ. D. UnwinSexual sublimationFemale subordinationSexual modestySexual MarxismOnline datingPhysiognomyPersonalityEvolutionary psychologySub8 theory


SlutMonogamyMarriageArranged marriagePolygynyPolyandry




BlackpillRacepillHeightpillDickpillBaldpillShitpillDogpillBirdpillTeen love pill

It's over

Cope or ropeCopeRopingLay down and rotInbreeding depressionOutbreeding depressionMutationFeminizationSocial epistasis amplification modelAtavismReproductive successDemographics of inceldomTeleiophilic delaySampo generationCauses of celibacyAdverse effects of inceldomBrain rotEvolutionary mismatchBehavioral sinkRegression toward the meanPeaked in high schoolFOMOSexual envyNo x for your yJaw is law