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Dizzying Intellect » Men on Men

Men on Men

No, no. Not like that, silly. Men judge themselves, and other men from their own countries…

Can it be that our male counterparts here in America have an over-inflated ego? I have noticed a certain bravado, but thought it was restricted to the guys I was dating. I turns out that it might be an epidemic, according to a recent report from a global marketing firm.

It turns out that 57 percent of American guys consider themselves sexy. That makes them among the most confident around the globe. The only nationalities to beat them in cocky assurance were the Greeks (81 percent felt sufficiently sexy), the Russians (80 percent, must be all the vodka), the South Africans (78 percent) and the Brazilians (63 percent).

Some of the other numbers surprised both me and the author. The French, particularly. And then the more specific analysis kicks in.

On an interesting note, the survey sought to find out just what it takes for a guy to be considered sexy.

More than a third of American women said that old-fashioned good hygiene is the most important attribute. But only 23 percent of American guys said that was number one, they believe that confidence is much more important. But who cares if you’re confident if your clothes are wrinkled and you stink.

It’s interesting mostly because men don’t normally talk about what makes men appealing. (Unless they’re insisting that it’s all wallet-based… see below.) So there’s kind of a sense of being a “fly on the wall.” The results show some surprising disconnects between what men and women think women are attracted to. Read the whole thing — it’s curious, in an endearing, anthropological sort of way.

And there’s a poll at the end. Bonus!

8 Comments

  • By radix, January 12, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    But polls like this assume that responders are consciously aware of what they’re attracted to. I really doubt that. People are much more irrational/instinctual in their behavior than they are aware of.

  • By Tanya, January 12, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    I think people are more instinctual about what they like. But very analytical about what they think others are looking for, in them.

  • By Allah, January 12, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

    It’s all about connnnnnfidence. Or so I’m told.

  • By Tanya, January 12, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    To the extent that confidence = not preaching to girls endlessly about how much you suck, anyway.

  • By Allah, January 12, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    Mwahahaha.

  • By Allah, January 12, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

    But what if it’s true? Better that they know upfront, no?

  • By The Dean, January 12, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

    Confidence is all you need. How else to explain David Spade???

  • By cubbiechuck, January 16, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    Confidence is a big part, but you also need humor.

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