Why do smart women fall for bad boys?

November 9, 2014

The other night I was watching Sons of Anarchy with my husband and he asked me if I found one of the main characters attractive. And he wasn’t talking about Charlie Hunnam (speaking of which, I think I might add him to my list!) who would be a resounding “YES PLEASE”, but instead he asked about Tommy Flanagan aka “Chibs”.

Yes or no?

Yes or no?

I paused for a moment and said no…well, actually – yes! No at first because he isn’t conventionally attractive, at least to me – he has scars from cheek to cheek, long greasy gray hair and an almost 50 something year old body. But…..that almost 50 something year old body is covered in tats AND he rides a Harley AND wears leather AND has a Scottish accent. Put it all together and that would be a resounding YES.

Interestingly enough, while searching for images I found many a Pinterest board dedicated to Tommy Flanagan so his particular bad boy appeal must be quite widespread. Interesting…..

So what is it about the bad boy/one that got away/one you can’t have that we women find so appealing?

Is it the thrill of the chase, or simple case of “wanting what we can’t have”? Are we masochists to some degree to put ourselves through the torture of wanting the bad boy or pining after the unrequited love? Why aren’t the good ones good enough?

Or, is chasing the bad boys simply a right of passage so that when the “good ones” come along we are ready to appreciate them? So hang in there good guys, your Prius driving, stable job, calls when you’re supposed to time will come! And she will love you for it!



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