ladder theory- stairway to heaven?

how men and women (supposedly) evaluate each other - Dallas Lynn's controversial ladder theory model
The Ladder Theory is purported to analyse how men and women evaluate members of the opposite sex, especially on a first impression basis. Ladder Theory was originally satirical but, as is often the case, proved to have more than a grain of truth embedded in it. Ladder Theory was first conceptualized in 1994 in xeter, !alifornia "#$, by %allas Lynn, with ac&nowledgement to the contribution made by 'ared (hitson. %etailed explanation of The Ladder Theory is on the website) *lease be aware the language on this site can be +very, strong and it has a similarly strong male-bias. Ladder Theory is specifically aimed at heterosexual men and women, although it could arguably be applied to any legal sexual orientation. #ee the Ladder Theory %isclaimer below for contextual explanation +i.e., why Ladder Theory is on this website,.

basics of the ladder theory
The basic premise of Ladder Theory is that all men gauge women on an .would-have-sex-with-this woman/how-li&ely-is-she-to-have-sex-with-me scale. (omen apparently have two ladders)
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*otential sexual partners, and *latonic partners - those she would never have sex with.

0iven that women are arguably a lot more more complex than men, then that figures.. !lassification and ran&ing +for both sexes, is described as a 1Ladder1 hence the name Ladder Theory.

. ladder theory male/female assessment factors men How attractive is she How soon she will have sex with me % 60 30 women How much money/power does he have How attractive is he* % 50 40 Other aspects 10 How much women say and don't mean e!"!# $ pre%er a 10 man with a sense o% humour# a sensitive man# etc& 2 $ttractive +434. does he ignore me. etc. 6. . .8ther +we can only guess. . 134 .. a man will place a woman highest on his ladder if +he :udges. The following +basic. Top .+of course.t could be said that most men and women would not find that statement ground-brea&ing.!ompetition +is he someone else1s.. table sets out how men and women apparently ma&e their initial mental assessment of each other..7ovelty +women it appears lay some &udos on men being 1novel1. she is willing to have sex with him and he finds her attractive. Ne t .$llegedly. to women is bro&en down as follows) • • • • 534 . the higher up on someone1s ladder you are the more li&ely you are to get laid. men's ladders 9ased on the above.en apparently classify women as follows) 1. . 634 .the women who he would have sex with and admit to.-wantwhat-.-can1t-have. is the woman he really/most fancies.*hysical $ttraction 634 .

those women he would have sex with but never admit to it +or be too drun& to remember who she was.f the cap fits. (omen place .... Too much alcohol can as we &now ma&e even the most unattractive woman +and man. and +often. especially when applied to women +although some men also prefer not to be to seen without their ma&e-up or other physical enhancements.<. $s an aside it should be remembered that beauty is sub:ective. superficial. . appear desirable. (hen they do get it wrong they can come to an 1abysmal1 end.*otential #exual *artners and *latonic *artners. Last . do not have a ladder for 1*latonic1 females since the theory wor&s on the premise that all men basically evaluate women as sexual ob:ects.en. $bandon =ope $ll >e (ho nter the $byss. the abyss This is common to the bottom of both sex1s ladders.and if you are a man? other ladder theory points! worthy of note .oney/*ower as a man1s most attractive aspect. +. specially if entering via a monumental fall from grace . as stated in the Ladder Theory.. women's ladders (omen as stated earlier have two ladders . The first problem here for men is that they often don1t &now which ladder they are on. This is borne out by how many 1not very attractive1 powerful rich men have beautiful women companions.

The amount of grovelling that accompanies a desire to be put bac& on a ladder is usually commensurate with the seriousness of the 1incident1 especially +again. as well as her mind.$ccording to the Ladder Theory women very rarely allow ladder-:umping +no pun intended.en can find themselves at the top of a woman1s ladder without being aware of ta&ing any conscious steps .is no guarantee that a problem will be rectified . and never more to be seen in a sexual context. *eople will continue to ma&e :udgements based on their own lifeexperiences and values and needs. There are laws about sexual harrassment. Loc&ing mechanisms on extended ladders are rarely used and both sexes continually revise the payload on their respective ladders. and can be extended or shortened without warning. if men want a position on the 1*otential1 ladder. . so men need to ma&e clear early on they want a woman1s body.n:uries can sometimes be serious and long-lasting.any ladder-related in:uries are caused by not understanding how to use the ladder correctly. ladder-related ris"s and in#uries .and you could find yourself consigned to the $byss.and of course vice versa.and unfortunately at times how drun& they are? "se of the Ladder Theory is not without ris& or in:ury. which are liable to change depending on their current personal circumstances . . Ladder Theory is a superficial classification and does not try to explain the subtle unconscious foundations upon which initial assessments are made.particularly if the owner is female . Ladders can be flimsy constructions. otherwise you could end up on her *latonic Ladder. . if you are a man. *lease note this is not a call to action. $lso remember that what goes up can come down? $ccusing the owner of a ladder of misuse . #ome 1minor1 incidents do not preclude further attempts at scaling the giddy heights again.

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