As those of you who clicked the link already know (see what happens when you prepare?), the article details the results of a poll conducted on 2,500 women in England. The pollsters (so named because 'strangers who call you at home and ask you intrusive personal questions' has too many words for a job title) asked women what their secret turn-ons were and what they really wanted in a partner. Among the alleged discoveries:
The poll of 2,500 women also revealed that 91% would actually prefer a guy who had a few flaws over someone who is perfect. And more than half would rather a guy who was soft and cuddly instead of toned and muscly.Apparently, the people at the newspaper reporting the story were shocked by the results. Going so far as to say:
'But these results prove that women secretly want something different. It seems women really do like a guy who is able to show a softer side, or who is carrying a little bit of extra weight.I don't know about you, but none of this comes as a surprise to me. I'll tell you why. They asked the wrong question. If these same women were given a multiple choice test featuring coventionally good looking men and Jack Black and were then asked to choose which one was most attractive, dollars to munchkins (I like them better than donuts), the answers would conform to People Magazine's expectations. However, once the question is personalized, what would you prefer in your man we leave the realm of the objective and enter the subjective zone. Now, much like Twilight Zone the Subjective Zone is a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind...a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. In the subjective zone the question isn't, is this man attractive, it's; How do you imagine you're life would be with this man. Would you be happy? Would he get on your nerves? Are you OK with men using hair gel?
'I'm sure it's a relief to men all over the country to find out that women aren't actually looking for that perfect guy.'
Once those factors are taken into account we view the results differently. Women don't want a perfect man? OF COURSE NOT! Who'd want to spend their lives with someone who gave them body image issues? The question isn't, what do women find attractive it's, what would they be comfortable comparing themselves to for all eternity. Now if I asked you, do you think women want to date someone prettier than they are, would you be surprised by the answer? Didn't think so. If you want to know what women find attractive, or anyone for that matter, don't make their answer dependent on insecurities. That being said, thank God for insecurities.