To think this is very shallow?

(39 Posts)
barkinginessex Sun 09-Feb-14 08:50:07

Bit of background, DPs friend has been single for 2 years, he won't go on dating websites and doesn't feel confident talking to women in bars, he'd rather meet someone through work or friends which I completely understand.
I work with a woman who is the same age as him, she's single, pretty, slim, stylish and friendly. I asked them both if they wanted to exchange numbers as I thought they might click.
DPs friend wanted a photo of her first before he would text her. I don't have a photo and she's not on Facebook but he said he trusted me to know his type so he texted her.
Fast forward to yesterday and I find out from DP that his friend has stopped texting her because of the photo she sent him of herself.
DP showed me the photo and whilst I agree it's not a flattering photo of her (a selfie - no one looks good in these right?) I think it's shallow to not even go on one date before deciding of he likes her or not.
It's also bugging me that DPs friend had forwarded to the photo to him and they were laughing about it, saying she looked like Miranda (she doesn't). Why do men act this way, normally his friend is lovely and I didn't think he was like this.
I've told my DP it's his friends loss and my friend is a real catch

yangsun Sun 09-Feb-14 08:55:50

Well I think when you are actually looking for a relationship rather than just a friend there has to be some physical attraction. I imagine he doesn't want to start dating someone he knows isn't his type and then have to let her down. A shame really he didn't see the photo before they started texting. (but I imagine others will disagree!)

Yanbu - your poor friend sad

Mind you, it's probably a lucky escape for her.

BIL is like this. If she isn't blonde, skinny and prepared to be a housewife and obsessed with sport he isn't interested. Trouble is he is 40, looks like a skinny Penfold and has never had a girlfriend.

Some people just lack depth <shrug>

Euphemia Sun 09-Feb-14 09:01:36

I think you're far too involved in these people's lives.

HappyMummyOfOne Sun 09-Feb-14 09:05:14

Very shallow and horrible.

However this goes both ways, there was a recent thread on MN were lots of women picked their partner based on his earnings. Very depressing and thats even more shallow than judging on looks.

diddl Sun 09-Feb-14 09:08:47

It does sound shallow, but then why didn't you all just meet up as friends rather than it being a potential date iyswim?

woodlandfairysprite Sun 09-Feb-14 09:12:09

This is largely why I'd never, ever go on a dating site as you just get judged on your looks immediately.

SanityClause Sun 09-Feb-14 09:15:19

Well I'm sure you won't be putting any more friends forward for ridicule.

And HappyMummy, why is it relevant that some women are shallow? No one is accusing all men of being shallow. The thread is discussing this one particular person's behaviour. Pfffff!

Roussette Sun 09-Feb-14 09:24:26

Isn't it a bit much that your DP is taking the piss out of this woman's looks? She's obviously a colleague/acquaintance of yours and I would be tearing my DP off a strip if he acted like that.

lljkk Sun 09-Feb-14 09:28:19

Is it shallow or is he lacking in self-confidence?
relationships don't work without physical attraction.
He's saving himself the worries of having to turn her down in person.
I get it.

softlysoftly Sun 09-Feb-14 09:30:59

There's a reason he is single. Bollock DH. Back away from involvement.

I agree with them being out of order for "laughing about her looks".

However, I have a physical type.

I have met lovely men, through work, but they aren't "big/alpha male" enough for me to want a good sex life with.

There is a lovely man, that lives locally to me. He asks me out constantly, we talk, we get on. I don't want to have sex with him, so I would have to finish it when it got to that point.

I could "date" him and use him as a companion, would that be fair? No, it wouldn't.

I am old enough to know myself and what I want, I am also not prepared to string someone along.

We are all different, the importance and type of sex life that we demand, is personal.

I don't think that needing a physical attraction, is shallow.

Would it of been better for him to go out with your friend, then have to tell her/you why there wouldn't be a second date?

velvetspoon Sun 09-Feb-14 09:35:18

Shouldn't you be more pissed off with your DP for taking the p? I wouldn't be very happy if a partner of mine made those sort of comments about one of my friends, or went along with a friend of his saying it.

I think it's a common thing now to judge instantly on people's looks - esp on dating sites, where men feel entitled to tell you that you're not attractive (!), and indeed where you're effectively encouraged to judge people on their appearance in maybe 1 or 2 photos.

Pagwatch Sun 09-Feb-14 09:35:26

Your DPs friend is a dick but if your dp was laughing along at a picture of your friend then I'm afraid he isn't much better. I would be embarrassed if my DH behaved like that.

Your friend had a lucky swerve.

I would keep out of it. I wouldn't want anyone I liked hooking up with your DPs friend. He sounds grim.

Preciousbane Sun 09-Feb-14 09:37:06

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that. It is mean to laugh but you cannot date people you are not physically attracted to at all it just won't work out.

FelineSad Sun 09-Feb-14 09:42:26

It is his loss and he is being very short sighted.

I am in a very happy relationship which started on line. I had 'winked' at DP and we started chatting on line before we then spoke on the phone. We arranged to meet the day after and the attraction was immediate and overwhelming.

However DP admits he was not remotely attracted to me by my photos and just thought we'd have a good fun evening as we got on on the phone. I am just not photogenic. My photos make me look fumpy and Mumsy which I'm just not in real lifebut it doesn't come across in photos

WhoNickedMyName Sun 09-Feb-14 09:43:12

Your friend had a lucky escape.

Your DP and his mate sound like a pair of wankers.

CeliaFate Sun 09-Feb-14 09:43:58

And that is why he's single...
I would also give your dp a bollocking for laughing at her photo, what a twattish thing to do.

barkinginessex Sun 09-Feb-14 09:51:46

Yes I'm really annoyed at both of them for laughing at her and makes me wonder what else they say about me and my other friends. The original plan was to meet up for drinks so it was casual but it was difficult to find a date everyone could make so my friend suggested they could arrange a date between themselves and they started texting. I agree I shouldn't have got involved and lesson definitely learnt! DPs friend is also now annoyed at me for trying to set him up with someone who in his opinion is ugly even though he's only seen one photo.

CeliaFate Sun 09-Feb-14 09:54:37

DPs friend is also now annoyed at me for trying to set him up with someone who in his opinion is ugly even though he's only seen one photo.

What an utter wanker! Tell him you will post his photo on this thread for us to judge his Adonis like looks if he doesn't get his head out of his arse.

formerbabe Sun 09-Feb-14 09:57:39

If I was her, I would be put off by a man who didn't have the confidence to talk to a woman in a bar...

expatinscotland Sun 09-Feb-14 10:02:31

The pair of them are wankers.

shock Please tell me dp and his friend are very very young?

Actually my sons are teenagers and I can't even see them going on like this. Well, perhaps the 13 year old but that's more out of embarrassment.

Your poor friend sad But lucky escape imo.

Imnotmadeofeyes Sun 09-Feb-14 10:07:35

Pass on the message to let you know when he's dating Keira knightly considering he's such a catch. He seems to have a very high opinion of himself considering he's hardly beating off women with a stick...

I agree we're all entitled to our own type and criteria, but there's no need to revert to childish cruelty. Tell your dh it's a good job your preferences didn't mean being an occasional dickhead was a deal breaker then point and laugh at one of his mates physical flaws or social ineptness.

Pagwatch Sun 09-Feb-14 10:09:31

Yep. Pair of wankers.

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