NOTE: This post idea and some of its content was taken from none other than the original Drama Happens, but I found I had to edit A LOT after re-reading it, so even if you’ve followed me since then (PS I love you), it’s still worth a read!  Enjoy everybody.

Bi-facial relationships.  Have you heard of them?  I did not coin this phrase, nor do I know how long it’s been around but I do know it’s great blogging material.  I first heard about bi-facial relationships while listening to my favorite Chicago morning radio-show hosts, Eric and Kathy on The Mix.  They introduced the idea by explaining that it’s what you label a couple in which one person’s face is MUCH more attractive than the other person’s face.  Silly?  Yes.  Funny?  Very.  Offensive?  Probably.

Say you have a woman who is a 10, and her partner is a 3, they would be considered bi-facial.  But a couple who are both 6’s would be considered to be of the same attractiveness and therefore wouldn’t call for any funny label.

See bi-facial celebrity example below:

Salman Rushdie with Padma Lakshmi and Olivia Wilde/ via

Salman Rushdie with Padma Lakshmi and Olivia Wilde/ via

What really made me laugh was when the radio hosts asked those who thought they were in a bi-facial relationship to call in with ratings for themselves and their spouse.  They specifically asked for the person with the HIGHER number to call in (awkward), and every single caller that I heard while listening was a woman.  Hmm, no comment.

The other fascinating part of the show was that many of the callers admitted to their husband’s number going down the longer they sat on hold.  Multiple women said, “I was gonna give him a 4, but I just decided he’s more of a 3.”  What??  One woman said she was an 8 and I believe she gave her husband a 2.5.  When asked why so low, she said, “Well his obesity has a lot to do with it.”  Umm, yea…

Have you ever been introduced to a couple and your first thought was, How did that guy snag them?  Or why is she with him/her?  It makes no sense!  I would argue that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and that chemistry and connection matter more than physical appearance, but we all know attraction is a key element to a healthy relationship.  So while it might be rude to wonder such things, could it be that we are just used to seeing people of similar facial beauty in relationships?  Are we usually attracted to someone who has a similar jaw line or bone structure as us?  Maybe.  Everyone’s definition of beauty is slightly different so clearly this idea is flawed but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t curious enough to have my spouse rate my face.

First off let me say I would not consider The Scottish and myself to be part of the bi-facial crowd, but I am a tad biased of course. After asking The Scottish to rate my face (because I like to torture myself apparently) he gave me a hearty 8.5 and I was relatively happy with that answer.  The Scottish gave himself a mid-range number and I raised it to a 7 because well, he’s way sexier than he gives himself credit for!

Fast forward to when I’m revising this post and I decide to sneakily ask him again to rate my face (for more torture I guess) and he gives me a 9!!  WHOO-HOO!  I’m moving up in the world!!  I then divulge my re-blogging intentions and how he gave me an 8.5 last time.  He then says, AND I QUOTE, “Actually, I was actually going to say in between an 8 and a 9 but since you’re in such a good mood I bumped it up to a 9.”

Ladies, and gentleman, my husband.  Consistent, funny, and honest to a fault.

WARNING:  Do not try this at home!  Do not ask your significant other how they would rate the attractiveness of your face if you don’t want to hear the answer! Things could get ugly (hehe).  The Scottish and I have a very candid and open relationship.  We discuss a lot of things lightly and with humor, and we are both very honest with each other (see above).  Do not compare your faces if you don’t think it will be FUN, or if you think you will have the lower number.  Duh.  That’s just common sense.

I guess the natural closing question would be, are YOU in a bi-facial relationship?  But a better question is, do you notice when someone in a couple is significantly more attractive than the other one?

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6 Responses to “Are you in a bi-facial relationship?”

  1. Allie

    I don’t think I’m in a bi-facial relationship. I think I’m one of those people who is always considered “cute, not hot,” and I think my husband feels the same about himself (actually I don’t know if he thinks he’s cute or not, but *I* think he is). I don’t know how I would rate us as far as numbers, but just based on the cute factor, I’d say not bi-facial. And I don’t have a problem with the whole cute-not-hot thing, my self-esteem is pretty good. 🙂 Haha.

  2. Danielle

    I love this, but have never heard the term bi-facial. I often see it in the real world, but now there is a term for it. I wouldn’t consider my husband and I bi-facial, but he may because he hates the scars acne left on his face. But with the help of facials and peels, they are very minimal. Oops, he would probably be upset I told you that. Haha. But really I think we would be pretty close in a rating system.


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