From the department of ‘How dumb?’

Woman complains about a dating agency. The complaint is reasonable. The naivety, however, is astounding:

I spent £2,795 with a dating agency called Attractive Partners, which after five months has not found me any decent men.


I took the more expensive “headhunting” package because its excellent sales person told me there would be a better chance of matches.


I was told matchmakers actually go out and find a man for you by advertising in golf clubs and men’s magazines, but they never did this for me, the men just came from their database.

I find it hard to believe what I’m reading. They find a man for you by ‘advertising in gold clubs and men’s magazines’? The woman really believed this? How exactly did she think this would work? They’d put a picture of her at the back of a men’s magazine, saying ‘This lonely heart needs a man’? Wouldn’t that be humiliating, especially when all her friends find out?

And even if they really did that, what kind of man did she think she’d get that way? Did she really think that the best sort of man finds a woman by seeing an ad for her up on the noticeboard at the golf club?

The term ‘bespoke headhunting’ is used in the piece as something she was promised. But who could be dumb enough to believe that? How can an agency find a good man who isn’t already on their books? Would they gain access to high-powered executive conferences and show her picture to the businessmen? Or just give them a list of her turn-ons and turn-offs? ‘Hi there Mr Millionaire Businessman in An Expensive Suit, I know you probably already have a wife and three mistresses, but would you be interested in a serious relationship with a woman at our dating agency who likes long walks, films and cuddling, and whose turn-offs include animal cruelty, rudeness, and Tories. No? Okay, how about… I have to leave? But I’m just… All right, don’t call security, I’m going. I’ll just leave these cards with her phone number here on the desk, she’s a catch, this one’.

Update: Link to Telegraph article added now.

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6 thoughts on “From the department of ‘How dumb?’

  1. £560 a month? WTF??

    I’m not sure what I find more concerning, the fact she spent that much or she was in the position to so do and thought it worthwhile.

    Mind boggling.

  2. “How exactly did she think this would work? They’d put a picture of her at the back of a men’s magazine, saying ‘This lonely heart needs a man’?”

    I think this is actually done, in a suitably anonymous and discrete way. There are a few personal ads in the Spectator magazine, both for agencies, and very occasionally by matchmakers looking for a match for a specific female client (its always women seeking men). And I’m sure that the wonderfully named Heather Heber-Percy who has run a matchmaking agency for decades has advertised for matches for her female clients in the magazine that the Country Landowners Association provide to all their members (I’m a CLA member for my farm so get the mag). You can guess what type she and her clients are fishing for!

  3. Oh I don’t know, given the divorce laws in the UK, a few K chucked at a matchmaking agency could yield a pretty spectacular return if the ‘lady’ hooks a wealthy mark……..

  4. All this feminism stuff is starting to yield results and it isn’t good. They push for good jobs, they get them then they discover that they want a good husband and home life. They then find all the good guys are gone, only the poor catches, and they have money to burn to try and fix it but it’s way too late. Who wants a bossy older woman when you can get younger models for your money. So they may be able to get younger men, but only if they are rich as well. Just like the men. Isn’t equality great.

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