There’s a dating site for that.

James Hancock wanted to meet a woman who shared his core values. But when you’re a strict Objectivist, it can be a little tricky. Mr. Hancock is a proponent of Russian-American author Ayn Rand’s philosophy of capitalism and self-interest. At age 30, he had already been “looking for a very specific kind of woman” for three years when Google searches led him to the Atlasphere, an Ayn Rand appreciation site with a dating component. There, he found his dream date: a woman who also wanted to do logical cost-benefit analyses of every decision…Atlasphere founder Joshua Zader, 40, of Phoenix, says niche sites are more efficient than broader sites such as OKCupid or “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,” he says. “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. Zader, a Web developer. User handles include “Atlas in Arlington” and “ObjectivelyHot.” The site was efficient for Mr. Hancock’s now-wife, Stephanie Betit-Hancock, 33. Her now-husband messaged her 12 hours after she first put up a profile in 2007, and proposed after dating long-distance for six months. Ms. Betit-Hancock, a schools special-needs coordinator, says she had been “kind of freaking out,” wondering how she’d find someone “rational” to date. She met a man at a meet-up group for fans of libertarian former congressman Ron Paul, but “he couldn’t explain why he supported Ron Paul and why the ideas behind his policies made sense.” Mr. Hancock, an engineer, says he specifically wrote his profile to “scare people who weren’t serious Objectivists away.”

The Rise of Niche Online Dating Sites [WSJ]

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  1. Posted by John Galt | October 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    There's nothing rational about a 6 month long distance relationship on the internet.

  2. Posted by HotKarl | October 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    "Wanted to find a woman who does a logical cost benefit analysis of every decision"

    From the mind of Ms Betit-Hancock:
    Benefits: I won't need to put up with those protesters at the Planned Parenthood Clinic from getting pregnant, save $ on the cost of a condom
    Costs: my dignity, poopy bed sheets, having to use a cushion when I sit at work the next day

    Analysis: know my role as I'm a woman dating a hardcore conservative man….where's the Astroglide?

  3. Posted by Journal Entry | October 16, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Atlasphere Blind Date Journal Entry 1 –

    So I meet up with Sylvia at a Bob's Chop House in Dallas. She looks nothing like her profile pic as she drags in the carcass of an Elk she had strangled with her bare hands up in Pagosa Springs. No license. She tracked the animal for days, she says to me. Her sharp features had the look of a pre-divorce Maria Shriver, but this woman had the high-and-tight. No flowing locks for an alpha female like Sylvia. So the waiter comes over and asks what the hell she planned to do with the Elk. Without looking down at the dead animal, and without a pang of overt remorse, she grabs a steak knife and cleans the beast herself. Never breaking her stare with the mortified waiter. Unable to bare the supreme confidence of Sylvia and her calculated mannerisms, the waiter drops an armful of white linens and tucks tail back to the kitchen.

    Turning her self actualization to me, Sylvia begins probing my thoughts without a word. She correctly senses I'm a man who listens exclusively to straight edge punk from two decades ago. Her pursed lips dripping with Elk blood, she questions, "Fugazi?" I reply with "Minor Threat." With that Sylvia leaps across the table and pins me down with a rush of sexuality that can only be described as a tidal wave. Within seconds we ease into a fluctuation of dominance where consent and enslavement are reconciled only by our mutual desire. Galt's Gulch was explored thoroughly that night, oh yes. By dessert, Syliva had worn me out, finished the Elk, and completed some simple math in her head. She estimated the cleaning bill plus the opportunity cost of a four course meal at Bob's. She opened her purse, took out a pen, and scribbled something on a Post-it which she affixed to the top of a stack of $100 bills. Without a word, she walked out of the restaurant. Exhausted, but curious, I peeked at the inscription which read, "I exist for my own sake."

    May try a chick from tomorrow night.

  4. Posted by guest | October 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    please please please do more of these.

  5. Posted by guest | October 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM


  6. Posted by Alt_EST | October 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Who is John Galt? Oh, just THE MOST POPULAR GUY ON ATLASPHERE.

  7. Posted by Mexi_Cant | October 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Not to get too off topic, but I think using condoms for anal is much preferable.

  8. Posted by Guest | October 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Ayn Rand married for the green card, openly cheated on her husband with a boy toy and chose not to have children. Where do we women sign up?

  9. Posted by guest | October 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Shouldn't you have outgrown Ayn Rand by the time you're ready to date?

    I also appreciate the irony of the wife working with special needs kids in what I assume is a public school

    -Guy who loved Ayn Rand in high school

  10. Posted by guest | October 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Go on.

  11. Posted by mrp | October 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM


    -Manti Te'o

  12. Posted by Mexi_Cant | October 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Less chance of dirtying your gentleman's sausage.

  13. Posted by guest | October 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM


  14. Posted by Turnip Truck | October 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I suspect this guy is an expert at scaring people away…

  15. Posted by Quote Quant | October 16, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

    -Guy who thinks either Perma or Bandersnatch first posted that here some time ago

  16. Posted by a side | October 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Wait, I thought it was

    — Committed Adult Ayn Rand Enthusiast

  17. Posted by Danker_Banker | October 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Bravo. Bravo.

  18. Posted by J. Dimon | October 17, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    The A2M is to get it clean again.

  19. Posted by Guest | October 17, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Colbert Show dude.

  20. Posted by Bandersnatch | October 17, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    It's a John Rogers quote, actually.

  21. Posted by Balrog | October 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Lol, Bess' title is almost exactly what I thought of when reading the WSJ article

  22. Posted by Balrog | October 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Gold, this

  23. Posted by guest | October 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Please dont!
    That was awful.

  24. Posted by Dr. Phil | October 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    It’s nice to see psychopaths can find love too.

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    Horrible comments here…

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