Vox claim #6) …most women overrate themselves by at least two points because they rate themselves by their hottest-ever hookup rather than by the average of their past romantic record.
If that claim was true, > a prostitute who once serviced a rather attractive man in a Mercedes will have a better self image than a married woman, married to the none-too-attractive, just-getting-by-financially man who was her only sex partner.
> And the unhappily married woman will have a better self image than the virgin.
> Molested girls will have a better self image than unmolested ones, etc.
Other idea, added later:
I think this is perhaps how the perception of how women rate their desirability (not themselves – their whole personhood; Vox makes his statement several orders of magnitude wronger by replacing “their desirability to men” with “themselves”) happens:
(Note: I hate speaking of humans as if they should be measured on a state of 1 to 10 by physical attractiveness, there are much more important things to judge people by. But I am answering a type of claim that speaks of humans that way.)
3) Men are more likely than women to select a mate on physical hotness.
So, Mr. 5-who-thinks-himself-a-7 approaches Miss 7-who-thinks-herself a 5. She rejects him for a reason that is not his looks. He thinks: “Who does she think she is, rejecting a guy who is as hot as her? She probably rates herself a 9 or something.”