The question of why do girls like abs seems as though it is loaded. The responses could be as varied as the number of females you poll. However, there are a lot of common overtones in nearly every response including health, fitness, and sex appeal.
The responses not only reflect about how they feel about guys with strong abdominal muscles, but how being with an attractive male partner make them feel about themselves.
Is it animal instinct? Is it simply a primal attraction? Is it hormonal? Is it as easily explained as pheromones? Is it just lust? Should we even be asking the question? Could it be the way that magazines and the other media platforms project the image of guys to be? Is it the male version of how the media usually project the stick-thin model image of the ideal woman? Is it reality or fairy tale?
If this thought process is similar in relation to the stick-thin model image of a woman, then we know it is fairy tale. The average woman in the United States is a size 12-14 and yet nearly every magazine cover is adorned with the size-zero flat girls. However, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has finally realized that real women have curves. The curves are real! We want the curves!
The same could be said for the male side of the aisle. The hunky six-pack abdominal guys are not the normal or average of men in America today with a 30-inch waist and 34-inch inseam. Girls or women really do like men in top physical condition with six-pack abdominal muscles. Why shouldn’t they? Healthy is attractive! It is in the same way that men prefer women to be large breasted with a thin waist and bubble butt. However, that is often all for show, at least in photographs.
Would the reality of women and men really sell in the magazine aisle, in the designer boutiques, at the nutritional supplement stores, never mind the car lots or vacation destinations? Is reality ever exciting? Is average ever desired?
Not too many years ago the Marlboro man was the sexiest man alive and encouraged many men to take up smoking to become more attractive. It isn’t healthier, nor today is it sexier. However, the principle is the same in today’s society. Stick thin is healthier. What is unhealthy about it is how it is achieved. The same with rock hard abs, to some fashion mogul it is sexier, and so everyone must comply to be sexy.
Some women say they like men with abs because it shows through their physique how strong and healthy they are. Others say that it is just hot to see, touch, feel, or be with guys that have rock hard abdominal muscles. Still even more think of it merely as the compliment to the stereotypical soft-bodied female. They want their men hard bodied because they are hot, and it will also make them feel hot.
Having good, hard abs shows the guys to be strong and fit, and the girls like guys who are strong enough to protect and defend them. They feel safer. It shows that he works out and that he is healthy. They often reason that, if he takes care of himself will he not more likely take care of his girl?
It seems in many respects that girls who like abs on the guys are equally objectifying him. It is the same as the guys who drool or fawn over large breasts and firm butts. Girls or women, who like abs, have also eluded, that though they are not necessary for a date or attention, nice abs or a nice body is always a good thing. They would certainly be in the bonus category for most women.
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