Atheists and physical attractiveness

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The atheist PZ Myers, quoting fellow leftist Alex Nichols, said that jibes associating outspoken atheists with neckbeards (among other things) caused many liberals/leftists to leave the atheist tent and those who remained for the most part lacked in social skills and self-awareness.[1] See also: Atheism and social outcasts

The English anthropologist Edward Dutton indicates that using right-wing politics as a proxy for religiosity, there is evidence that atheists are less attractive and he pointed out that right-wing politicians are more likely to have symmetrical faces according to a study.[2]

The American contrarian blog Half Sigma declared:

...atheists are most likely to live alone.

This is not surprising. Atheists are less I observed this once when I was living in Washington, DC, and I wandered by an atheist convention happening on the mall. The atheist were predominately male, and significantly uglier than average.

This is because ugly people become social outcasts, and social outcasts are more likely to be attracted to outcast movements like atheism, libertarianism, communism, etc.

Jay Fink writes:

If you are attractive and have a good social life you will generally not be interested in out of the mainstream groups or ideas. Why buck the status quo when it's working in your interests?[3]

In the Western World, atheists have lower marriage rates (see: Atheism and marriage). In addition, compared to deeply religious cultures where an extended family and a sense of community often exists, secular countries are often lonelier societies (sSee: Atheism and loneliness).

The Audacious Epigone blog, which specializes in collecting data relative to stereotypes, writes about atheists having an above average propensity to live in single person households:

The low rates of multiple person households is part of the explanation, but the high number of lone wolves among their ranks illustrates their social marginality in another way relative to the cognitive endowments they enjoy. This does little to dispel stereotype I hold of atheists as cynical, single white guys who live in apartments downtown, work at used record stores, love George Carlin, and watch Adult Swim.[4]

Atheists associated with having neckbeards

The atheist PZ Myers, quoting fellow leftist Alex Nichols, said that jibes associating outspoken atheists with neckbeards (among other things) caused many liberals/leftists to leave the atheist tent and those who remained for the most part lacked in social skills and self-awareness.[5] See also: Atheism and social outcasts

Atheism, feminism and unattractive women

See also: Atheism and the fat acceptance movement

Politically atheists tend to skew to the left and feminism is part of leftist ideology (see: Atheism and politics).

A majority of world's atheists are men (see: Atheism and women).

Starting with the Atheism plus movement and becoming more pronounced post the Elevatorgate controversy, atheist feminism has become more influential within the atheist movement. At the same time, increased divisions within the atheist movement caused a decline of the atheist movement.

Milo Yiannopoulos wrote in his article Does Feminism Make Women Ugly?:

Everyone knows that becoming a feminist makes a woman less marriageable, more crass and generally just unpleasant to be around. But does it also make them uglier? Readers have been asking, so I delved into the science to find out.

Certainly, feminists in the public sphere have acquired a reputation for being brazen about their unconventional looks. The cult of “body positivity” has encouraged many young women to embrace excess weight. Feminist writers like Lindy West celebrate their fatness, while Lena Dunham has made a career out of looking wobbly and horrible.

While the sisterhood might not condemn women for piling on the pounds, men definitely do. But the weight gain, bizarre hair colour, piercings and “genderqueer” fashion trends in feminism aren’t, it seems to me, enough on their own to explain why women who strongly identify as feminists are so often either physically unappealing or mistaken for men.

There’s a persuasive line of reasoning that suggests women who are physically unattractive are more likely to have progressive politics, give up on blokes and retreat into feminism in the first place. (The rule doesn’t hold for men.) Even liberal bloggers like West admit that conservative girls are hotter, and, crucially, that liberal women tend to have more masculine features...

This may explain why so many angry, lesbianic placard-wavers look like they’ve been hit by a bus. As West puts it: “I can imagine that liberalism actively attracts people who are shut out of that old-timey paradigm… The women who can’t ‘pass’ for hot are forced to consider why.”

We still haven’t answered the question, though, as to whether a particular philosophical or political position can change how sexually attractive you are, if, say, you come to it later in life. So here goes.

What you probably don’t know is that under certain circumstances behaviour can affect your hormonal levels. Hormones are powerful substances: they are the chemicals which tell our bodies how to express gender, and which gender to express.

It turns out that adopting aggressive, masculine postures and developing combative psychological reflexes can boost testosterone levels by significant percentages. In many cases, women with a predilection for activism have high testosterone levels in the first place: consider the “high-T jawline” so many feminist journalists, newsreaders and actresses share. Radical feminist blogger Amanda Marcotte has a classic example of this.

Increased testosterone also makes you leaner, so jaws can appear more defined. And of course the male hormone increases acne and promotes baldness, while estrogen clears the skin, adds collagen and generally makes a person look fresher and more youthful.[6]

Atheism, youth, beauty and aging populations

See also: Global atheism and aging populations

Retaining a youthful appearance is often associated with beauty - especially among women.[7]

The atheist population is facing significant challenges in terms of aging populations and atheism is expected to shrink in terms of its market share of the world's population (see: Global atheism and aging populations and Desecularization).

Miss USA contestants and creationism

In 2011, only 2 of the 50 Miss USA contestants thought evolution should be taught in schools.[8] Since World War II a majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the theory of evolution which employs methodological naturalism have been atheists or agnostics.[9]

Religious Philippines winning streak in the major international beauty pageants. Irreligion is rare among Filipinos

See also: Religious Philippines winning streak in the major international beauty pageants

In 2015/2017, the Philippines (a very religious country) had the most wins in the Big Four International Beauty Pageants.[10][11] The Big Four consists of the four major international beauty pageants for women – Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth. The group was first described by the China Daily newspaper in 2004 as "the world's four major beauty contests".[12]

ABS CBN News reported in the article How PH became the top beauty pageant country in the world: "

In 2016, Philippines garnered 106.02 points from the five major beauty pageants worldwide. This after the Philippines won Miss International, was first runner-up at Miss Grand International, finalists at Miss World and Miss Universe, and a quarter-finalist at Miss Supranational. Venezuela came in at second with 100.00 points.[13]

Katrina Escalona wrote in her article Why The Philippines Dominates World Beauty Pageants

The Philippines has, rather consistently, held an exemplary track record in the world of pageants, always making it to the top 10, at the very least. Since the commencement of the Miss Earth pageants in 2001 for example, only thrice did the country fail to make it to the top 10. And in the Miss Universe pageants, held to be the most prestigious of the Big Four, the Philippines has placed without fail since 2010. Venus Raj (2010), Shamcey Supsup (2011), Janine Tugonon (2012), and Arielle Arida (2013) in particular, made a proud nation when they were crowned runners up year after year. And to the thrill of millions of Filipinos, in 2015, the country finally took home the crown.[14]

In 2013, the Philippines was the first country to win all the top 5 international beauty pageants.[15]

Beauty pageants are very popular in the Philippines and they have had a winning streak in major international beauty pageants.[16]

Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia founded by an atheist and agnostic, has articles entitled List of Filipino beauty pageant winners and Philippines at major beauty pageants.[17][18]

Wikipedia's article Irreligion in the Philippines indicated in 2018: "Irreligion in the Philippines is particularly rare among Filipinos..."[19]

Male athletes, religiosity and beautiful women

See also: Sports performance: Religious faith vs. atheism and Atheism and social skills

Numerous studies report athletes to be more religious than nonathletes (see: Sports performance: Religious faith vs. atheism).

It is common for high school athletes, college athletes and professional athletes to date beautiful women. For example, in 1933 Ben Bernie's popular song You Gotta Be A Football Hero declared "You gotta be A football hero to get along with the beautiful girls".[20]

Atheists have a reputation for being socially ackward nerds (see: Atheist nerds and Atheism and social skills).

The atheist PZ Myers wrote:

If we're going to expand our base and we're going to draw in more people to recognize the virtues of living in a secular world, we need to appeal to more than just that geek and nerd subset of the population. We need to have a wider base. ...I seriously believe that we're on the cusp of a crisis. We're not there yet but it's looming in front of us. Will we adapt and thrive and change the world? Or will we remain an avocation for a prosperous and largely irrelevant subset of the population? Will we become something more than a scattered society of internet nerds? That's what we have to do.[21]

East Asia, atheism and Steve Harvey's stereotypical remarks about Asian men

See also: Asian atheism and East Asia and global desecularization

An elderly man in Beijing, China.

CNBC reported in 2015: "36 percent of the world's population over 65 currently live in East Asia. That's 211 million people and it is projected to rise over time."[22]

Razib Khan points out in Discover Magazine, "most secular nations in the world are those of East Asia, in particular what are often termed “Confucian societies.” It is likely therefore that the majority of the world’s atheists are actually East Asian."[23]

The atheist population has a sub-replacement level of fertility (see: Atheism and fertility rates),

CNBC reported in 2015 about East Asia, its low fertility rates and its aging population:

If stock market volatility, slowing economies, and low commodity prices were not enough of a problem for East Asia, many countries in the region now have to worry about losing as much as 15 percent of their working-age population by 2040, according to the World Bank.

In a report released Wednesday, the World Bank said aging population and low fertility rates are to blame as 36 percent of the world's population over 65 currently live in East Asia. That's 211 million people and it is projected to rise over time.[24]

At the same time, Christianity is experiencing explosive growth in China (see: Growth of Christianity in China).

Steve Harvey (an American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor and author) is known for his negative views about atheists.[25]

Jeff Yang, in his Quartz article entitled Asian men shouldn’t need to meet Western masculinity standards to be considered “hot”, wrote:

Steve Harvey has a unique knack for embarrassing gaffes. If you recall, he’s the talk show host who awarded the Miss Universe crown to the wrong contestant in 2015, and then in his Twitter apology managed to misspell the countries represented by both women involved. In this past, these flubs have mostly generated there-he-goes-again laughter. But Harvey’s recent comments regarding Asian men can’t be as easily dismissed. Essentially, Harvey told his audience that he couldn’t imagine any way an Asian man could ever be deemed attractive—causing a social media eruption by playing into long-standing stereotypes of Asian males as emasculated and nonsexual.[26]

Prominent, militant atheists and short men

See also: Prominent, militant atheists and short men

New atheist Sam Harris with Patrick McKenna.

Women prefer to marry men who are somewhat taller than them.[27] defines Napoleon complex (often called short man's syndrome) as "the condition of being small in stature but aggressively ambitious and seeking absolute control".[28]

In 2008, The Telegragh reported concerning short men:

It is said they are prone to bouts of aggression, showing off and keeping a close eye on their wives or girlfriends at parties.

Vertically challenged men may argue that the notion of a "short man syndrome" is an unfair, inaccurate stereotype. However, scientists have now proved small men do make more jealous husbands and lovers than their taller, more relaxed counterparts.[29]

Below are various militant atheists who were/are small in stature.

Vladimir Lenin

According to the University of Cambridge, historically, the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."[30]

The American journalist John Reed wrote concerning Vladimir Lenin:

A short, stocky figure, with a big head set down in his shoulders, bald and bulging. Little eyes, a snubbish nose, wide, generous mouth, and heavy chin; clean-shaven now, but already beginning to bristle with the well-known beard of his past and future. Dressed in shabby clothes, his trousers much too long for him.[31]

Joseph Stalin

The militant atheist Joseph Stalin was 5ft. 4" tall (1.63 m).[32] President Harry S. Truman, who stood 5ft 9" tall (1.75 m), described Stalin as "a little squirt".[33]

Marquis de Sade

The militant atheist the Marquis de Sade was 5' 3" [1.60 m] in height and he was a very militant atheist.[34] De Sade was a very aggressive and perverse man who wanted to inflict pain on others. The word sadism is derived from his name.

PZ Myers

Atheist PZ Myers is the man on the right.

In a 2014 lecture, the atheist PZ Myers said he is known for being a "weird," "loud," "radicalized" and "firebrand" type of "New Atheist."[35]

Subsequent to the decline of the New Atheism movement, Myers wrote, "History will not remember me...".[36] In July of 2017, Myers renounced the New Atheism movement.[37]

In 2010, Myers took a picture with a man and in the picture he looks considerably shorter than the other man.[38]

Dan Barker

A picture of militant atheist Dan Barker is featured here: Dan Barker and Imam Karim Abuzaid - Google image search (In the picture which features five men, Dan Barker is the short man on the furthermost left).

In the picture, Dan Barker is significantly than Imam Karim Abuzaid of the Colorado Muslim Society.

Sam Harris

In 2006, the new atheist Sam Harris took a picture with Patrick McKenna and and Harris appears to be short in stature in the picture.[39]

Benito Mussolini

In his work entitled Mussolini Denis Mack Smith wrote about Benito Mussolini:

From his father he [Mussolini] had learnt to be a thoroughgoing anti-clerical. He proclaimed himself to be an atheist and several times tried to shock an audience by calling on God to strike him dead. He forcibly denounced those socialists who thought religion a matter for individual conscience or had their children baptised. [In Mussolini's opinion] Science had proved that God did not exist and the Jesus of history was an ignorant Jew whose family thought him mad, and who was a pigmy compared to the Buddha. Religion, he said, was a disease of the psyche, an epidemic to be cured by psychiatrists, and Christianity in particular was vitiated by preaching the senseless virtues of resignation and cowardice, whereas the new socialist morality should celebrate violence and rebellion."[40]

Mussolini was short of stature and is often cited as a man with Napolean complex which is commonly referred to as short man's syndrome.[41]

Argument from beauty

See also: Argument from beauty

The argument from beauty argues the existence of beauty in the natural world testifies to the existence of God who both designed natural beauty and who possesses a divine beauty. Objective beauty exists and beauty is not merely subjective in nature.[42]

Atheism and a lack of appreciation for the beauty of the human body

See: Atheism and a lack of appreciation for the beauty of the human body

See also


  1. Poisoning of a movement by PZ Myers
  2. Atheism as Evidence of High Mutational Load under Conditions of Weakened Selection by Edward Dutton
  3. Atheism is lonely religion
  4. Religious denominations ranked by making most of what is given
  5. Poisoning of a movement by PZ Myers
  6. Does Feminism Make Women Ugly? by Milo Yiannopoulos
  7. Rosamund Pike: Women are 'obsessed with youth and beauty' - unlike men Women are obsessed with youth and beauty, Independent, 2016
  8. Miss USA 2011 One Of Only 2 Contestants Who Believe In Evolution
  9. Philippines is Now the No. 1 Beauty Pageant Country in the World, Venezuela Drops to 2nd Place
  10. Top 17 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women In The World
  11. Chunyan, Zhang (13 November 2007). "2007地球小姐新鲜出炉加拿大佳丽夺冠 - China Daily".
  12. How PH became the top beauty pageant country in the world, ABS CBN News
  13. Why The Philippines Dominates World Beauty Pageants by Katrina Escalona, Culture Trip website
  14. Philippines first to win all five int’l beauty pageants
  15. Assignment Asia: The Philippines' beauty pageant obsession
  16. List of Filipino beauty pageant winners
  17. Philippines at major beauty pageants
  18. Irreligion in the Philippines, Wikipedia, 2017
  19. 1933 Ben Bernie - You Gotta Be A Football Hero (Manny Prager & Ben Bernie, vocal)
  20. in Seattle, PZ Myers Reflects Candidly on His Constituency
  21. Here's why East Asia could be in big trouble, CNBC
  22. Most atheists are not white & other non-fairy tales, Discover magazine
  23. Here's why East Asia could be in big trouble, CNBC
  24. Steve Harvey on atheism
  25. Asian men shouldn’t need to meet Western masculinity standards to be considered “hot” by Jeff Yang, Quartz, 2017
  26. Why Women Want Tall Men
  27. Napoleon complex
  29. Investigating atheism: Marxism. University of Cambridge (2008). Retrieved on July 17, 2014. “The most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power. For the first time in history, atheism thus became the official ideology of a state.”
  31. Tolstoy, Nikolai. Stalin's Secret War. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston (1981), ISBN 0-03-047266-0, 19–21. ISBN 0-03-047266-0. 
  32. McCullough, David (9 April 1952). Truman. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-6029-9. Retrieved on 25 June 2010. 
  34. Which Is the Real PZ Myers?, Evolution News and Views, Casey Luskin June 9, 2014 12:07 PM
  35. Apparently, the atheist PZ Myers recognizes that the New Atheism movement failed and that the 21st century is going to be a century of desecularization, Examining Atheism
  36. The New Atheism is dead. Long live atheism.
  37. [1]
  38. Sam Harris and Patrick McKenna
  39. "Mussolini", by Denis Mack Smith, Vintage Books, 1983, page 8.
  40. Short man syndrome
  41. Is Beauty Objective? by Keith E. Buhler, posted October 24, 2007