I've always wondered what girls think and how they see men.
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The main factor is social status. Women are attracted to men who are leaders.
Evolutionarily speaking, the women who mated with tribal leaders or their friends had the best chance of survival as did their children. Men who could command the allegiance of other men had more power to protect them from the dangers of the world than men who lacked power and leadership. These women were the winners in the game of natural selection. They are the ones who passed their genes on and today's women are their descendants.
A man's social status, and hence attractiveness, is not visibly apparent unlike a woman's physical attractiveness. Women therefore must test or look for indicators. Often they do so without even being conscious of it.
Some indicators are:
-Confidence and assertiveness
-Posture and bearing
-Clothes and style of dress
-Looks (physical strength, handsomeness, height)
Our sense of attraction tends to be almost inseparably tied to what triggers our "attraction mechanism". This is why we as men have such a hard time wrapping our heads around the concept that looks don't play a big part in female attraction.
While men can be physically attractive to a woman, it's just not the same effect that we feel towards an attractive woman. A physically attractive man with low or no social status is still unattractive. A physically unattractive man with very good social skills is attractive (even if he's not her "type").0