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Researchers Say Women Secretly Desire Hairy Geeks 130

jasper_amsterdam writes "The Daily Mail has a story about a study looking into women's preference for men. More specifically, about how women say they want one kind of man, but really want another. From the article: 'Most women claim to be attracted to tall, dark and handsome men, but a new study has revealed that facial stubble and a geeky personality are their biggest secret turn-ons. Despite complaining that it looks unkempt and feels rough to touch, the unshaven look on a man is actually a turn-on for 41 per cent of women. A slightly geeky personality came second, proving that women really do like a guy who knows their stuff when it comes to technology. A hairy chest was voted third, followed by a man who loves to read or cries at a soppy film.'"


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  • My research (Score:2, Insightful)

    has proven the opposite to be true. What kind of women are they interviewing?
    • Re:My research (Score:5, Insightful)

      by MrEricSir ( 398214 ) on Friday February 19, 2010 @05:47PM (#31204696) Homepage

      The research mentioned in the article isn't really research at all. It's based on a poll, which would assume that women know what they want. This is not a good assumption.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by atamido ( 1020905 )

        It's based on a poll, which would assume that women know what they want. This is not a good assumption.

        If there has ever been proof that Slashdot needs a special >5 score, it is this statement.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by johny42 ( 1087173 )

        The research mentioned in the article isn't really research at all. It's based on a poll, which would assume that women know what they want. This is not a good assumption.

        Even TFA seems to agree with you:

        More specifically, about how women say they want one kind of man, but really want another.

        So they actually assumed that women don't say what they want and then published a research based on what they said? Good job!

    • by ukemike ( 956477 ) on Friday February 19, 2010 @05:48PM (#31204714) Homepage
      • As a Canadian and a somewhat hairy geek, I can attest the following:

        1. No.

        I've got an outgoing personality, and I'm in excellent physical shape (I was at the gym 1 hour and 26 minutes ago ;) ). I'm employed (basically for my intellect alone) and I'm good with kids. Outside of work, I bike, SCUBA dive, and play a musical instrument.

        My wife has basically told me to never touch her.

        • My wife has basically told me to never touch her.

          Was that before or after you got married? If it was before then you might have needed to think that through a little better.

        • Re:My research (Score:4, Insightful)

          by Kozar_The_Malignant ( 738483 ) on Friday February 19, 2010 @07:08PM (#31205672)

          >My wife has basically told me to never touch her.

          This is a no-brainer. Get a new wife. Seriously. Life is too short. Or is she OK with you having a GF on the side?

          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            Honestly Kozar, I'm not even sure if I still love her anymore. I feel like I'm always under attack for something. Last night she said that she didn't want to hang out with me and I said I'd clean. Once the cleaning was well underway, she was upset that she didn't get to spend any fun time with anyone all day. (This was after saying that she didn't want to do the couples councelling homework because she was in a bad mood and it would go badly for me.) I'm giving her a lot of slack because of her meds and som

            • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

              by hairyfeet ( 841228 )

              Dude, bail. Seriously as someone who grew up with parents that stayed together "for the kids" my sister and I could NOT have been happier than when they finally decided to call it a day and divorce. They get along better now than they ever did when they were married, it is just so much better.

              It took me years to figure out how to have a stable relationship and it wasn't nothing but me emulating my father, who was unhappy and cold and distant. there isn't any "fault" in these things and the fact that they a

            • Beardo - That all sounds exactly like my situation about 5 years ago. It's tough and no easy way out, but I'm out of it, and life is hugely better. If you want to shoot me an email address to my nick on yahoo messenger, I'm happy to talk about it.
              • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

                Just posting this has made me feel nothing but relief all day. Last night was the best sleep I can remember having. My massage therapist is going to wonder what happened. :D

                I'm going to look for a counselor for myself to make sure before we get things started... er, stopped?

                Reframing the problem has made the solution simple.

            • Dude, seriously, bail, take the pain, find someone else. I did. It was definitely worth it. Of course, I still don't get enough sex...
            • I'm sad; she has depression.

              The other parts aside, depression is largely treatable these days, if the patient is willing and she finds the right doctor. Don't love a doctor so much as to accept failure.

              It's possible that many of the problems stem from this. Hard to say, but if this can be solved, then you have more information upon which to make a decision.

            • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

              by Anonymous Coward
              Have you been going to therapy, too? It's hard to tell from what you've written, but it is possible that your side of the equation could use a little balancing, too.

              Stop biting your tongue, too. Preferably in a couple's counseling session. Lay it all out. At this point you don't have much to lose, and you might be surprised at what she didn't know about what is going on for you.

            • by drkim ( 1559875 )
              Don't try to 'fix' it man... bail now. you only get 1 life and you need to make it count. Bail now... Sorry
            • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

              I'm sorry but your relationship is over. Your wife is hideously self-centered and from this corner, an objective viewpoint, she does not consider you as an individual worthy of any respect. This is common in Narcissistic Personality Disorder. She is incapable of viewing you as anything other than a support for her Mental Illness. To her you are simply a household appliance--one she will trade in at the drop of a hat if she feels it would be adventageous for her. She is using her illness to control you. The

              This is why a prenuptial agreement [] is a must!

              If you get married without one you could be condemning yourself to a life of slavery and/or misery far worse than you can possibly imagine.

              She's the love of your life and you can't imagine living without her? Well people change and shit happens. Such is life. About 40% of all marriages end in divorce in the US. Don't think it can be everyone else but you. Fatal mistake...

            • I also have to say that your situation sounds a lot like the one I was in, with the exception of the marriage counselling. I tried to get that going, but that would have meant she had to pretend she cared enough about our marriage to put forth the effort of going to the sessions, so it was a no-go. I will say that it sounds like your counsellor needs to be sued for malpractice, or at least reported to whatever governing board is supposed to watch over her profession (I'm going to go out on a limb here and g

            • by mac8500 ( 888131 )

              Same situation 5 years ago. Kids and all. I got my salvation when she got a lover. She left everything and bailed cause the guy was loaded. That was the greatest thing ever for me (not at the time tho of course). I got my life back and realized how much i was missing. I was living again as to before i was controled from a to z. Like a puppet. A nice, docile puppet bringing home the bacon.

              The minute she got dumped (guy realized she was f*cking nuts) she tried to get back to me. Yeahhhhh righhhttt!!!

      • by Tolkien ( 664315 )

        As a hairy Canadian geek I say woohoo!

        But why can't I get laid?

    • Re:My research (Score:4, Insightful)

      by PitaBred ( 632671 ) <> on Friday February 19, 2010 @06:03PM (#31204948) Homepage

      Pretty much all women need a personality to go along with those attributes listed. Being smart and hairy while being otherwise uninteresting and unengaging isn't really going to get you very far with the ladies.

    • What kind of women are they interviewing?


  • by MosX ( 773406 ) <> on Friday February 19, 2010 @05:44PM (#31204640)
    So... women don't know what they want. I thought that was a well known fact.
  • In other news... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by jijacob ( 943393 )
    In other news, said researchers are hairy geeks that need evidence to prove they are sexually attractive at the bar.
  • a bunch of hairy geeks?

  • They keep doing stupid researches about men and women. What do they gain for this? We all know every particular man and woman have different tastes, and generalizing is wrong. Researches like this keeps stereotypes alive. Or create new ones. Bleh.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 19, 2010 @05:50PM (#31204752)

    Richard Stallman is the new Brad Pitt.

  • ....according to a team of hairy, geeky researchers. Nice try, guys.
  • And the women love me.

    Maybe it has nothing to do with hair.

  • um... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by wisnoskij ( 1206448 ) on Friday February 19, 2010 @05:54PM (#31204828) Homepage
    "the unshaven look on a man is actually a turn-on for 41 per cent of women."
    Could that not mean that most (59%) actually dislike it?
    Without some idea of how many dislike or are neutral for the unshaved look as well I do not see that statistic saying that women in general like unshaven men.
  • ...but maybe the editors wanted an early start this year?
  • daily mail (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Alinabi ( 464689 ) on Friday February 19, 2010 @06:32PM (#31205314)
    Oh, yeah, the Daily Mail. The pinnacle of peer reviewed publishing, the hallmark of accuracy :-)
  • While the occasional woman likes a geek, us rarer gay geeks tend to not catch the eye of our mostly trendy shallow ilk. While I think my "I failed the turing test" shirt is witty and looks good on me, I'm immediately IDed as straight or laughable in a bar. My appearance is not sub par either. Maybe I should petition AE to start making apparel for my kind.
  • by toadlife ( 301863 ) on Friday February 19, 2010 @06:55PM (#31205526) Journal

    My wife comes from an Italian family where all of the men are extremely hairy, and thinks hairless guys are a huge turnoff because "they look like little boys". She descries the stereotype of all women desiring hairless men and says that many of her friends also like hairy guys too.

    As for the geeky part, I think that goes back to Women's innate desire for a man that will be a "provider". Being geeky is evidence that the man is not a dumb ass, and therefore has earning potential.

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by aqk ( 844307 )

      My wife comes from an Italian family where all of the men are extremely hairy, and...

      As they say: "The couple that shaves together, stays together." oooh... Low blow. Sorry! And I wonder why my karma is consistently bad. (sigh)

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by toadlife ( 301863 )

        What? I'd mod you funny for that one.

        Our kids have no chance. They are going to be Sasquatches when they grow up.

  • ... when I read the headline. My first thought was, "I'd like to see a picture of these researchers!" I guess the next study will be to determine how to persuade women to bring this secret attraction "out of the closet".

  • Gillette's advertising campaign will surely suffer if the image of the sexy woman caressing your face after a ridiculously smooth shave is no longer scientifically accurate. That women act that way is now science!
  • .. so I shouldn't have shaved my head after all?

  • by harlequinade ( 1122273 ) on Friday February 19, 2010 @07:40PM (#31206008) Homepage
    Geek or not, no woman will never be happy until we come factory-installed with an 11-inch schlong that shoots out free money.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Well, there is a "money shot" but I have a feeling that's not what you had in mind.

    • What... you mean yours isn't, and doesn't? Oh, I thought you said "free money shots!
    • "It's not the size that matters, honey, it's that it shoots $100 bills is what's important!"
  • RMS [] is a babe magnet! At least that explains why Hurd has never shipped... he's too busy hittin' it!
  • Me... me... me... me, also... this is a man we're talking about, right?
  • w00t!

  • Look at the article. These women mean they like scruffy, geeky traits on Johnny Depp, Tobey Maguire, Gerard Butler and David Beckham.

    So if you look like any of those four guys, you're in luck.

    Although, actually, Tobey Maguire didn't get the girl until she found out he had superpowers too.

    So OK, if you look like Johnny Depp, Gerard Butler or David Beckham, OR you actually are a superhero, then you're in luck.

  • basic rules - don't smell like ass, be funny, and don't be a spaz.
  • of course!
    that would explain all the virgins over at 4chan.
    wait ...
  • The guy dropped out of high school. Geeky is more than awkward.
  • Can we not post so called "articles" from British "newspapers" anymore? Except maybe The Economist?
  • Perhaps it is time to test a new hypothesis. I shall prepare a document and walk up to the next moderately attractive woman with ample bosom and child-bearing hips that I see, and recite this, which I have prepared.
    "Greetings. My name is Antonio. I am tall, dark, and handsome, by some standards, but as you can see I am unshaven, I have knowledge of computers and technology, I have a hairy chest, I have an extensive library of leather-bound books, and I cry at sad movies. Based on this information I have co

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?