Joshua Zader's intellectual relationship with Ayn Rand began as it does for so many, during his college years.He then blazed a trail uniquely his own among Rand admirers by creating The Atlasphere--an online networking and dating site for the fans of Rand's novels with particular emphasis on The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged...reported on Wednesday, eligible Objectivists no longer need to waste time in bars buying drinks for other singles uninterested in discussing the free market. Rowling would have been more likely candidates for a fan-based dating site — and couldn’t you find plenty of people over 18 to invest a month for a singles section of Pottermore?For a better return on their investment, they can turn to the Atlasphere, an Ayn Rand “appreciation site with a dating component,” or, as “If you assume that maybe 1 out of 500 people is a serious fan of Ayn Rand’s novels, on a normal dating site you have a 1 in 500 chance of someone sharing the same basic values,” [Atlasphere founder Joshua Zader] says. Melville House’s dating site for fans of Jean-Christophe Valtat is set to launch in 2017.“On the Atlasphere, every profile shows you what you want,” he says. The 10-year-old site has seen a spike in membership in recent years—it has more than 16,000 dating profiles—after two “Atlas Shrugged” movies were released, says Mr. User handles include “Atlas in Arlington” and “Objectively Hot.” He founded the site after attending Objectivist conferences, where the “open secret” is that most people are there to meet potential partners. These reporters, like other visitors to the site, had to rate their bodies from “ample” to “very cuddly,” fill out a series of questions about their “virtues (and what they would change),” views on fitness, and their level of interest in the “cashflow game.” (The term “very cuddly” only seems to make sense if the site had been named “Atlas Hugged.”) Jokes about Objectivists and dating practically write themselves, but it’s astonishing a site like this doesn’t exist for other authors.
If you’re having trouble finding a romantic partner, don’t despair—you’re not a hideous freak (probably).
You just need to give one of these dating sites a try: Do you love in college and decide you were destined to change humanity? Then you might find love at The Atlasphere, the dating site for hardcore fans of Ayn Rand!
There’s nothing wrong with sharing a mutual interest, but unless you spend your free time writing Ayn Rand fanfiction and trying to convince people that the movie wasn’t terrible it’s probably not the most relevant part of your personality.
The Atlasphere feels less like a genuine dating site and more like a place for people to tell each other how awesome they are for liking Ayn Rand.
Are those the sort of people we really want to be reproducing?If the most erotic movie you’ve ever seen is and your idea of a hot first date is swapping DNA in the literal sense, then Scientific Match is the place for you.Members don’t meet people the old fashioned way, through conservation and shared experiences—they get their dates based on a compatibility analysis of their DNA.When you sign up you’re sent a collection kit—just swab your mouth, mail it back, wait for the analysis, then start looking for partners based on mutual results.