This week in mediocre-white-guy-news, Dan Rochkind, a 40 year old who lives on the Upper West Side and works in private equity, publicly swore off dating “hot women.” And, boy oh boy, are hot women everywhere miffed.
Rochkind, and the other generically “hot” people featured in the New York Post article, makes the argument that the swimsuit models with whom he used to romp around were boring and vapid.
Because that’s a totally novel concept that no man has ever used to dismiss a woman’s intelligence and worth before. Not.
There are a lot of aspects of this story worth unpacking, but I’d like to begin with the supposition that this pretty random dude had his pick of the litter. “I could have [anyone] I wanted,” he told NYP, “I met some nice people, but realistically I went for the hottest girl you could find.”
ANYONE YOU WANTED? Really, Dan? That kind of arrogance and entitlement is not only disturbingly delusional, it’s also exactly the kind of attitude that leads to sexual assault.
This gem of an article doesn’t stop there. In all honestly, the conclusion of it all is cringe-worthy to say the least. As it turns out, Rochkind is now engaged. And he has found happiness by dating a woman who isn’t “hot” but “merely beautiful.”
Putting aside the completely bogus hierarchy of attractiveness that is apparently being employed here, let’s just explore how Rochkind seems to qualify his own fiance’s appearance. Rochkind says “And she’s 5-foot-2, so she can’t be a runway model, but I think she’s really beautiful and is prettier than anyone I’ve dated.”
So, fear not ladies: if you’re not “hot” you can still be “beautiful” and “prettier” than other girls. Because we all know that using your looks to land a man is the most important thing that a woman can do in life.