Thursday, October 25, 2012

SEX. . . . .S E X . . . . . . . S E X. . . .


Posted: 25 Oct 2012 06:20 AM PDT
Gay Relationships: What Makes A Man Sexy?Our culture values sexiness very highly. But what is sexiness? A visitor from another planet who looked at our advertising might think it was something you get from purchasing products like cars, colognes or cognac. Everyone wants it, but it is hard to define.

What makes a man sexy?  The sexiness we’re talking about here is more than a matter of firm pecs and washboard abs. Physical characteristics are part of the equation, but far from the whole answer.
We find some men sexy even though they are far from conventionally handsome. Different people find different things sexually attractive, of course; sexy is a matter of personal taste.

And what’s sexy to you when you are out dancing and looking for Mr. Right? Now may be very different from what you would find sexy in Mr. Right. A bad boy with broad shoulders and a cute butt may get your attention at a club when you’re looking for a hookup. If you’re serious about dating, sexy eyes may be less arousing than clues that the guy in question might make a decent husband.

So what’s sexy?
  Here are some key ingredients:

Self-acceptance is fundamentally sexy in just about anyone. For gay men, that includes being comfortable with your sexual orientation. It means being able to be yourself; after all, who is better qualified for the job?

Self-confidence that allows you to take the initiative is something most people think of as masculine and appealing. Lots of people feel shy about approaching a stranger in a bar or starting up a conversation in a public place. They are relieved when someone else does that chore for them. And being able to look someone in the eye when you are speaking with them communicates a lot of positive things in our culture.

Similarly, a bit of sexual aggressiveness can be very appealing. That’s primarily true if you’ve picked up on signals that the other person is receptive to an advance and if you make your move with some subtlety and style.

Being able to truly listen to the other person and carry on a conversation communicates an ability to create emotional safety. If someone can share that kind of intimacy with you, it’s much easier for them to imagine being physically intimate as well. That’s also why paying attention to the other person’s needs and desires is so sexy. Candlelight helps!

Taking care of your physical self is an important part of sexiness, but not as much as you might imagine. Grooming is important, but physical perfection is far less crucial than being at home in your body. (It’s that self-acceptance thing again.) If you seem alive, relaxed and free, your body is going to have some appeal.

So what’s not sexy?  The list could be long, but the sexy list gives us some clues:
Narcissism – always talking about yourself, for instance – is different from self-confidence; it’s boring and irritating.

Being so aggressive that you don’t know when to back off or take "No" for an answer makes you a jerk, not a sexy man.

Sexiness can’t be bought in a bottle or a shirt. It can, however, be cultivated.

John R. Ballew, M.S. an author and contributor to GAYTWOGETHER, is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Atlanta. He specializes in issues related to coming out, sexuality, relationships and spirituality. If you have any questions or comments you can submit them directly to GAYTWOGETHER or John R. Ballew, M.S.



Gary Kelly said...

What makes a man sexy? Another person.

You're only sexy if someone else thinks you are. That's why hippopotamuses attract other hippopotamuses.

The other day, Adelaide Greg commented on seeing couples in public and wondering how the hell one could possibly think the other was attractive. Well, there ya go. Just because a guy doesn't attract you, doesn't mean he can't attract someone else. There's hope for us all ya know.

Warts and all is what I believe in. For better or for worse. WYSIWYG. Anything less is fraud. Be yourself and you'll never have to apologize.

Gary Kelly said...

Ah yes, the wonder of love. Reminds me of two blokes I knew, one of whom said to his mate, "The only time I can take you somewhere twice is to apologize for the first time." Hehe.

They were forever insulting each other but they were as close as any two guys could be. Warts and all.

You could write a book about those two scallywags. So I did.

GreginAdelaide said...

"Be yourself and you'll never have to apologize."

Yep, that's me, what you see is what you get....and so far there's been no person wanting and getting, but that's life...heehee!