Saturday, August 20, 2005

Love handles are hot?

This is fascinating and fun:

Playgirl's hunks? The hairy, chubby & poor!

Apparently Playgirl surveyed its readers and asked about what they really liked. The trouble is, I'm not exactly sure most Playgirl readers are WOMEN! One of the commonalities between gay men and heterosexual men is a desire to look at porn! I'm sure that Playgirl has plenty of female readers; however, I'd be surprised if a large portion weren't men.

Anyway... Let's assume they are women...

Forget waxed chests and rock-hard abs. A new survey finds ladies like their men scruffy, a wee bit chubby - and definitely not a metrosexual.

Playgirl asked 2,000 of its readers what they find sexy in a man and the answers were surprising: 42% said they thought love handles were kind of sexy and 47% approved of chest hair.

Average Joes everywhere can send photos to to compete for a shot at a pictorial in a future issue.

Rich playboys need not apply - only 4% of women said the size of a man's wallet mattered. Metrosexuals are also out: 73% want a guy who is "rough around the edges."

"This survey shows that the guy who's most attractive to our readers is not your average Hollywood hunk," said Playgirl editrix Jill Sieracki. "It's the average Joe who came up on top. Women are practical about their choices, and they're smart."

New York matchmaker Janis Spindel, a self-described specialist at setting up "highly successful, well-educated, attractive professionals," confirmed the survey's findings. "It's scary, but women don't care [about looks]," she said. "Men are very superficial and very shallow."

But Spindel disputed the claim that women don't care about finding a rich man: "Women want a man who makes more money than they do," she said. "They want to be able to live a comfortable lifestyle."

So I guess guys should strive to be average and rich. Maybe this means I can keep my love handles and should get out of grad school ASAP?

1 comment:

grrrbear said...

The bit on the "only 4% said the size of the wallet mattered" is obviously bad data. There's an interesting segment in Freakonomics on how people respond to "self evaluations" like these where one's response might be interpreted unfavorably by others. Which is why people on online dating services describe themselves as "open to dating any race" but only send messages to people of their own race. They don't want to be seen by people they initiate contact with as someone who is "closed minded".

So, since most everyone who responded to that survey would nto want to be seen as moneygrubbers, they would all naturally respond that money wasn't important, even if it actually was.