Let’s talk about heroes. Most of us like a good one, many of us are writing one. I think the number one quality a hero needs is the ability to care. Number two: the ability to put his caring into action, however that may be. But does he have to have a hot body and a dick of granite?
Article after article, like this one from Yahoo! Health and this one from the Independent (UK), state that men tend to like attractive and healthy mates, and women tend to like mates with status and resources.
And, that may be true, but let’s face it. Health and attractiveness are still on the list of things we look for! So, let’s spend a little time thinking about men’s bodies.
A member of a mailing list I belong to sent us a link to a very interesting post called “The Ideal Physique: What Girls Want and What Men Want to Be” on the Foxhound Studio blog.
Foxhound Studio is a digital creative studio with a blog that has an awful lot of posts about physical fitness. (-: I thought they were a gym for a few weeks. Anyway, they conducted a survey where they asked more than 1,000 women and men about the ideal male physique, and while it’s not super-scientific, it’s certainly food for thought.
They found that women generally preferred male bodies that looked like they were naturally healthy. There were subsets of course, and fascinating trails. They also asked about hairy chests, which was a fun look into another world for me. Men, however, thought that women should prefer a ripped, body-builder sort of physique. It’s very interesting that most women don’t.
Another interesting note: a few men get ANGRY if most women don’t like what they like. The comments are really, really interesting. A couple of commenters call women who prefer “healthy” bodies over the groomed gym body bad names, usually involving bodyfat ratios. I’m still processing that – overall, I think it’s good that they feel free to express such opinions so sensible women can steer clear of them.
Anyway, I hope you go over and take a look, and tell me what you think. Are you an average woman or man? Or are you an outlier? (By the way, check out their “about” page. Oh, they are cuties! What smiles! They are creative long-hairs with just a bit of healthy muscle, and they look like they are smart and funny, too. Just what I like in a hero!)
Of course, as interesting as all this is, I think you should write what you like. I think your passion for a body type will come through in your writing and make a more interesting description than a paragraph about a body type that you think you should like, but just can’t work up much heat for.
And while I was researching this, I found an interesting article about, well, male genitals from Live Science (“What do Women Want in a Penis? The Whole Package” by Elizabeth Palermo). What do women want in a package? Good cosmetic appearance of the whole she-bang. Interestingly enough, the appearance of the pubic hair was the second most important quality that women consider. Hmmm. Something to think about next time I write a romantic, intimate scene.
Please use caution if you decide to google this. I got a warning from my virus program while on the site. Still, it’s interesting, and I’m sure others have talked about the research done about hypospadias patients who had surgical corrections done to their penises. I am almost sure the study was headed by Norma Katharina Ruppen-Greeff, and more details can be found here: http://www.pubfacts.com/detail/26701106/Appraisal-of-adult-genitalia-after-hypospadias-repair-Do-laypersons-mind-the-difference.