If we're talking about challenging though in the sense like a woman is unafraid to disagree with me on subjects, tease me when I'm being silly, etc, then I find that a very appealing quality and still within the genuine category.
I like assertive women, so to speak, who aren't too agreeable. Yet they can be quite kind; I prefer that they are. I think the reason I favor assertive women is that I want to protect them. If I'm in a leadership position and she's following me, I want to know what's on her mind so that I can make a decision that isn't just in my own self-interest, but in the interests of both of us. If she's a very agreeable type, then I don't get the impression as though I know exactly what she wants which makes it very difficult to make an executive decision that looks out for her interests and not just mine.
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So do I