Guys aren't the only ones who gawk. BettyConfidential asked some women to dish about their favorite physical attributes on the opposite sex.
- Kathryn H. Cusimano, BettyConfidential.com
We love men for many reasons - the way they make us laugh, cook dinner for us when we're sick and ask us for style advice. But before we get to know them for all of their quirky-yet-wonderful qualities, we have to rely on our first impressions. Despite what The Rock would like everyone to think, big guns aren't always the key to a woman's… phone number. While we'll always love the guys who make us smile, it's often certain physical attributes that help us move beyond the friend zone. What are those key features? We asked a few gals to tell us what makes them give guys a second look.
For many women, it's all about the arms. "I'm a sucker for broad shoulders and jacked up arms," says Kim. Faye is also a big fan. "I like arms because I know that when they wrap them around me I'll be totally smothered, which is such a great feeling… Whenever I see a guy with big arms I just want to squeeze them!"
It can be difficult to hold back when an Incredible Hulk look-alike sidles up to you at a bar, but some ladies prefer to watch him walk away. "I'm a big fan of the 'Torso Triangle,'" says Lauren, who loves when a broad-shouldered guy has a trim waist. "I love a nice, strong back with a defined spine," adds Brooke. "I think you really only get muscle there naturally through running, hiking... and I like those kinds of guys [as opposed] to ones who sit at the gym on weight machines for two hours a day."
But strong, tight muscles won't make him a better kisser. "Let's talk about those full, soft lips - they usually move much more slowly than thin lips and can 'mold' around your body," sighs Heidi. "Stiff thin lips just aren't soft and romantic." For others, a great grin will seal the deal. "A chiseled smile always works - especially when it comes with strong cheek bones," says Maureen.
Women may be conditioned to go for the bulky jock from a young age (see: Varsity Blues, Mean Girls, etc.), but Men's Health-ready arms aren't the only way men attract our attention. "I like thin men with arms that are strong, but not obviously muscular," says Kristin. "I am also a fan of long hair, especially when paired with a goatee." And Michele had this to say: "Muscular legs. Preferably bigger than mine."
It also seems like more than a few ladies have a thing for digits: "I'm a sucker for a guy with nice hands," says Laurie. As Heather cheekily points out, "You know what they say, big hands big… gloves?" And not so surprisingly, size matters here, too. "I love meaty, burly, fat hands. Phallic? Maybe?" adds Maureen, laughing. "I don't look for big hands or feet but tiny ones would freak me out," says Sarah.
There is, apparently, another place size is pretty important: a man's… nose. "[I like] a large nose with symmetrical nostrils…I just can't trust a man that doesn't have a large enough nose to bring enough air into his body to keep him going and nourish his brain," says Heidi. "I've noticed that guys with small noses are always a little sneaky, slightly full of themselves, not as smart as they could've been if they'd had enough air reach their brain." Hmm. This observation has us breathing a little deeper.
And for all the guys out there who are worried about losing their locks, fret not - that shiny pate may be an asset! Lynn goes for bald men, but she does have a few stipulations: "[I like] a bald head, but only if the guy is super-fit, like Mr. Clean! I'll always take a second look at one of these types of hunks!" Hopefully he can help you spruce up the kitchen as well as Mr. Clean, too.
Tell us: What's your favorite part of a man's body?
Kathryn H. Cusimano is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.
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