Sociology Index

Good Girls Like Bad Boys

Why do good girls like bad boys?
Why bad boys like good girls?
Why do good girls like bad guys?

These questions are very commonly asked.

Why is it notorious boys of films or sports enjoy large female fan following? Women love men with unconventional traits. These traits make them attractive and also makes them more sexually appealing. Women get the feeling that these 'macho' men can satisfy them better than the usual, run-of-the-mill kind of men will be able to, explains clinical psychologist Seema Hingorrany. According to her, these kind of men give women an adrenaline rush.

“Ovulation Leads Women to Perceive Sexy Cads as Good Dads”, with Vladas Griskevicius, Jeffry A. Simpson, Stephanie M. Cantu and Norman P. Li, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, PDF. Cads are men whose behavior is unprincipled or dishonorable.

Various studies as in Durante et al. (2012) have found that ovulating women have an increased desire for the prototypical sexy cads, that is men who are attractive, dominant and who live on the edge, even though these men may not be interested in a long term relationship.

Clear evidence is given that ovulating women tend to perceive men who are sexy, charismatic and socially dominant as better prospective fathers. Durante et al. (2012) concluded that ovulating women desire such mates because they believe that these sexy cads will provide genetic benefits to future offspring. This explains why women will sometimes give in to the charming wiles of a womanizer, as hormonal fluctuations interfere with logical thinking.

All girls want a big bad boy not a friendly little chap
All their talk about nice guys aint nothing but crap
It’s better being a wolf than a sheep
It’s better to be the hunter than the pray
--Bovver Brigade.