Hairy hunks find favour with British women
According to a new survey by online matchmaking firm PARSHIP.co.uk, one in three (34%) British women say they’d go for a man in the classic virile mould of Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan or Tom Jones, outnumbering the one in four women who’d prefer the smoother option offered by current heartthrobs like Daniel Craig, Johnny Wilkinson and Colin Farrell – a look that some might describe as “waxed within an inch of their life”.
This is in stark contrast to women in other countries of Western Europe, where 31% prefer hairless heroes and just 22% opt for hirsute. David Hasselhoff might be a star in Germany, but a mere 11% of the country’s women would like the thought of smearing sun cream on his hairy chest.
For British women over 30, a hairy man is the acme of masculinity and a smooth body just won’t do. As women get older their desire for body hair in the opposite sex increases. Six in ten (62%) of women over 45 say they find a man with body hair very attractive, compared to just 24% of women under 25. It also happens that a hairy man’s appeal increases the further north you go in the UK – maybe it’s something to do with insulation from cold winds.
Of the 6,500 women poled by PARSHIP, it also found that a lack of hair on a man’s head was not an obstacle to UK women. Just 11% said they wouldn’t date a follicly challenged man, compared to 17% of French and 16% of Italian women.
Dr Victoria Lukats, psychiatrist and dating expert for PARSHIP.co.uk, commented:
“The interesting finding from this survey was that women in the UK, compared to other countries in Europe, are the most embracing of men with either body hair (including hair on the back) and of male-pattern baldness.
“It's also notable that women are more accepting of male body hair as they yet older – this is just as well since it's well known that testosterone (in combination with genetic factors) leads to both male-pattern baldness and increasing body hair with increasing age. It looks like follicly-challenged men don't have to be self-concious after all – the vast majority of women simply don't see it as an issue.”
Hairy hotspots – preference for hairy hunks
Scotland – 47%
North – 38%
South – 35%
London – 25%
Midlands & Wales – 33%
Bald spots - women who wouldn’t date a bald man
South – 2%
Scotland – 4%
Midlands & Wales – 12%
North – 15%
London – 27%
For more information, visit Parship.co.uk.