Male Attractiveness.

Charles Atlas

That is Charles Atlas for the younger readers of my posts. In my teenage days, Charles Atlas offered teen aged males hope.
Charles Atlas Ad

The most famous and quoted of these ads was one of a bully kicking sand onto the face of a skinny spcimen on a beach with a very attractive young girl beside him.

Most of my friends and I did not want to have anything to do with Charles Atlas as he was far away in the USA and India was a very much closed country for anything foreign. But all of us dreamt of dating attractive girls like those in these ads. It was also a time when we were getting to read more American publications than English and comics were the ones in which these advertisements used to appear.

Since my readership consists of many people who will remember the Charles Atlas stage of our growth and many are likely to share my own recollection of those days, I think that I should share something very interesting.

Now after all these years, when I most certainly do not dream of dating nymphet, something to disturb my equilibrium appeared recently in the most respected of journals, The Economist.

How I wish that I had known about this phenomenon then!

11 thoughts on “Male Attractiveness.”

  1. I remember these. For me, what worked was my height.
    (Of course, the original didn’t talk about table based layout vs. div based layouts.)
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  2. You have me pondering one of our former California governors.

    Do you think that the studies sample of 105 Australian beach babes might be a bit different from the international norms?

    1. You do have a point in that the Australians can be different from the rest of the world on many things, but I doubt very much whether their women will be different from women everywhere when it comes to choosing their mates! With the exception of course of those cultures where the choosing is done by the family.

  3. When I met my husband he was like a shining star compared to other men. He had something I didn’t see very often. This trait was natural and didn’t fade until his last day.

    My husband was a “gentleman” through and through; nothing impresses a woman more.

    blessings ~ maxi
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    1. I could not agree more. I find this all the time. The gentle man is preferred by the ladies over the ungentle one. One would have thought otherwise though, considering how in the animal and bird milieu the alpha male is the most ungentle.

  4. Charles Atlas just looks ridiculous nowadays. Firstly the weirdly shaped arm and chest muscles. Secondly the hideously unattractive underpants. I suspect if he walked on to a beach today he’d only attract a gale of laughter.
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