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The “Perfect” Man

13 Aug

I’m apparently about only half of a man.  This according to a survey conducted by clothing retailer Austin Reed to define what women believe to be the perfect man.  These are the traits the surveyed women believe make up the perfect man:


  1. 6 feet tall
  2. Toned and athletic
  3. Brown eyes
  4. Short dark hair
  5. Smart dress sense
  6. Beer drinker
  7. Non-smoker
  8. Wears smart jeans, shirt and a V-neck jumper
  9. Gets ready in 17 minutes
  10. Stylish
  11. Wants a family
  12. Earns £48,000 ($77,000) a year
  13. Loves shopping
  14. Eats meat
  15. Clean shaven
  16. Smooth chest
  17. Watches soaps
  18. Enjoys watching football
  19. Drives an Audi
  20. Educated to degree level
  21. Earns more than his other half
  22. Jokes around and has a laugh
  23. Sensitive when his wife/girlfriend is upset
  24. Says ‘I love you’ only when he means it
  25. Admits it when he looks at other women
  26. Has a driver’s license
  27. Can swim
  28. Can ride a bike
  29. Can change a tire
  30. Calls mom regularly


My reflections after reading what women apparently want, and coming to grips with the fact that I’m actually completely undesirable:


  • Women want the sun, moon, and stars


  • Women essentially want a girlfriend that just so happens to be a man.  If one looks at #’s 13, 17, 23, 25, and, 30, much of these traits are much better suited for a woman, than a man.  Not that a man cannot be sensitive, but loving to shop and watching soap operas is probably asking a little bit much from a man.


Women want a seemingly impossible combination of this,

  • Women are clearly very conflicted in what they want.  On one hand they want Mr. Sensitive, but on the other hand they want the rugged alpha male.  #’s 6, 14, 18, 27, 29 speak to women wanting Tarzan, not the metrosexual guy from the previous bullet point.


and this.


  • Somehow women want a guy who earns about $77,000 per year, yet drives an Audi (the entry level model is just slightly more than $30,000), is stylish, and wears smart jeans (whatever that means).  The dude is going to be completely broke if he drives a $35,000 car, loves shopping, has nice clothes, his own place, and spends money taking a woman out to nice places (#’s 8, 9, 10, 12, and 13).  I’d personally love to meet the “stylish” guy who gets ready in only 17 minutes.  He must not shower before his dates.


  • Superficiality reigns supreme, as the first four traits (and #’s 15-16) involve a physical characteristic.  Here women are illustrating that they’re not too far removed from men in the qualities they desire from a partner.  On the other hand, men would probably have 15-20 physical traits listed before they got to anything beneath the surface.


  • I’m actually somewhat disappointed in the responses given by these women.  Here’s why:

-In the biggest shock ever there’s only one reference to having a family (#11).  Absolutely nothing about whether he’d be a good husband and/or father.

Apparently this kind of stuff doesn’t matter to women anymore

-The women surveyed must not be very emotionally mature because they apparently don’t care if the “perfect” man listens to them, respects them, is supportive, loyal, and encouraging.

-Yes there is mention of the guy earning a certain amount and being educated to a degree level, but what about being financially responsible?  It doesn’t help much to make a lot of money if the guy spends it foolishly and doesn’t budget or save.

-Initially I thought it odd that some reference to belief in a higher power never surfaced, but considering that Austin Reed is an English company, this isn’t so strange.  American’s identify themselves with some type of spiritual belief considerably more than those of British citizenship.

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