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Day 94 of the 365 Day Experiment. What Makes Someone Attractive?

Day 94 of the 365 Day Experiment. What Makes Someone Attractive?

Sep 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Tonight as we were getting ready to pack up for the day, my assistant popped into my office with her typical hysterical question of the day.  I value her sense of humor, because when I am completely heads down and mired in an impossible problem, she will enter at exactly the right time and ask me something completely outrageous.  And it will always crack me up and always put me in a great mood.  I truly value her for that ability. What started out as a ridiculous question about the movie Magic Mike sparked a more serious pondering between us…”What makes someone attractive?” It would be my assumption that men and women might answer this question very differently.  And I’ve learned through comparing notes with my girlfriends since I learned boys weren’t yukky in about 2nd grade that what I think is attractive is pretty different than the norm. It’s easy to default to celebrities, because they are an relatable frame of reference for people.  My mom, for example thinks George Clooney ranks pretty highly.  I get it.  He’s a handsome man, talented, accomplished in his field, home in Lake Cuomo, looks nice in a tux.  And yet that man does NOTHING for me. This year’s People Magazine “Sexiest Man Alive” lists Channing Tatum.  I’ll give the guy points for fantastic body, but again, I don’t get the appeal. I have a male friend suggest Helen Mirren was his celebrity crush.  THAT I actually understood.  Yes, she’s older, but she’s aged beautifully.  But you get the sense she’s smart, and great fun to be around.  And in her 60’s, she can still rock a bikini.  She woman exudes style and substance.  He’s in his 40’s, so choosing her, I applaud his choice. When prompted, my assistant had to think for a bit before coming up with Liev Shrieber.  Yes, good looking, but it’s his voice that turns her on the most about him.  Interesting! For me, looks actually play a small role.  There are plenty of nice looking people out there, but they have to have something pretty notable to back it up for me to find them attractive.  ...