Sociology Index

Good Girls Like Bad Boys

Why do good girls like bad boys? Why bad boys like good girls? These questions are common. Parents raise young girs putting fear about the risks of a bad boy. But why do good girls like bad boys? People like Eve, innately want the forbidden fruit, the forbidden man. Why is it notorious boys of films or sports enjoy large female fan following? Women love men with unconventional traits.

These traits make them attractive and also makes them more sexually appealing. Women get the feeling that these 'macho' men can satisfy them better than the usual, run-of-the-mill kind of men will be able to, explains clinical psychologist Seema Hingorrany. These kind of men give women an adrenaline rush. Those of us who are honest will readily admit that while it may seem illogical and our rational side warns us against them, bad boys are highly appealing. The concept of bad boys is a popular theme for a reason: women are attracted to it. - Anne Cohen.

Ovulation Leads Women to Perceive Sexy Cads as Good Dads, with Vladas Griskevicius, Jeffry A. Simpson, Stephanie M. Cantu and Norman P. Li. Cads are men whose behavior is unprincipled or dishonorable. Various studies as in Durante et al. (2012) have found that ovulating women have an increased desire for the prototypical sexy cads, that is men who are attractive, dominant and who live on the edge, even though these men may not be interested in a long term relationship.

Clear evidence is given that ovulating women tend to perceive men who are sexy, charismatic and socially dominant as better prospective fathers. Durante et al. concluded that ovulating women desire such mates because they believe that these sexy cads will provide genetic benefits to future offspring. This explains why women will sometimes give in to the charming wiles of a womanizer, as hormonal fluctuations interfere with logical thinking.

Why do all good girls like the bad boys?
I know that you're a villain but I can't stop this feeling, no.

So why do good girls like bad guys?
I had this question for a real long time
I've been a bad boy, and it's plain to see
So why do good girls fall in love with me?
- Falling in Reverse.

The ‘Bad Boy Syndrome’
But the Syndrome became a ‘thing’ in 2008 when researcher Peter Jonason led a small but signalling study with university students on the link between their “dark triad traits” and their success with the opposite sex. As it happens, Bad Boys remain unblemished, scoring serial ‘victories’ despite the dominance of three stark traits, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy, and many Good Girls fall for these bad boys, not in spite of but because of these same serious faults.