What Women Want: It’s Not What You ThinkWritten by Tori Attwood in Men's Style on February 12th, 2015
Good news for cuddly men – women may indeed prefer them to muscle bound hunks, new research has revealed.
A more rounded ‘boy next door’ physique, rather than traditional chiselled good looks is more popular with 72% of women who want to form lasting relationships.
Men with well-toned bodies are, initially regarded as attractive, but it is the man with the little bit of excess flab around the waist who often wins the day, according to our reserach. Woo hoo!
Women told us that men with ordinary bodies are seen as good family makers who pay more attention to their partners than they do to themselves. While hunks will always catch the eye, many women regard them as bad bets in the long run because they may be self-obsessed and more concerned with their own looks and needs rather than anyone else.
The major discrepancy between what men think women want and what women actually want was brought to life during the extensive research we’ve conducted into customer body confidence.
The research shows that 62% of men still believe that women prefer the gladiator look – and suffer pangs of anxiety when they fail to match up to this image.
While in blokes’ heads, a woman’s ideal man would be made up of Justin Bieber’s hair, Gerard Butler’s chiselled face, Hugh Jackman’s moviestar arms, David Gandy’s tight abs and Cristiano Ronaldo’s smooth legs, the response from women showed quite a contrasting view. The reality of what women seek when it comes to bagging a keeper shows that they’re after Prince Harry’s cheeky smile, comedy kings James Corden and Paddy McGuinness’ hair and arms respectively, rugby star Ben Cohen’s stomach, and Jonathan Ross’ legs. (No we didn’t see that last one coming either.)
On the left: what guys think women want. On the right: what they actually want
Women said that they were indeed initially attracted to men with well-toned bodies. However, when pressed further, more than half of the women respondents admitted that few of the men with whom they formed long term relationships fitted this stereotype.
Instead, most successful relationships had been made with a ‘Boy Next Door’ – partners with a normal amount of podge.
Nor had these men started out as super fit hunks before going to seed in a settled relationship; they had always been carrying a little extra timber.
Good news huh?