Three Components of Attractiveness

Post your response to the following: What are three components of attractiveness? Which of the three is most important to you? Why did you choose this factor?

Three components of attractiveness are physical attractiveness, gender-role expectations, and earning potential. I do agree with the text that physical attractiveness is used by people more as a filter than a strict standard. In fact, the term “shallow” comes to mind when considering someone who is concerned with physical attractiveness alone. We all want to find someone who is attractive to us. Furthermore, I was fascinated with the discussion in the text about gender-role expectations. It astonishes me how study after study finds that we, as humans, are attracted to the exact traits for which we complain about in the opposite sex the most. We, to a large extent, are attracted to socially dominant men and highly feminine women. Lastly, I think that earning potential might fall in the lot with “shallowness”. We want people to love us for who we are, not how much money we are going to make. Am I right?

Out of these three factors, I think that gender-role expectations are most important to me. That might reveal a hint of shallowness in me, but it is true. I do prefer a feminine woman and I do prefer to exhibit socially dominant behavior. I do put physical attractiveness pretty high up there. But, to me, there is no point in having a pretty wife who does not respect me as a man the way that I respect her as a woman. Does that make sense?


Finchner-Rathus, L., Nevid, J.S., Rathus, S.A. (2005). Human sexuality in a world of diversity, sixth edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.


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