Saturday, July 31, 2010

Luring the ladies

weekend today July 31 - august 1, 2010, column, Page T3, the fairer text
Georgina Chang,

PHOTO: We women ... need more than just a guy in super tight shorts to catch our eyes. Really.
weekend today July 31 - august 1, 2010, column, Page T3, the fairer text

PHOTO: Georgina Chang,
weekend today July 31 - august 1, 2010, column, Page T3, the fairer text

Classic lessons in what makes a chick magnet
I’VE noticed that no matter how riveting the conversation is, how heated the discussion becomes, or how near death the moment gets, as soon as a lady walks past wearing a low-cut dress that’s super short, every man’s attention will automatically be diverted to her.

PHOTO: Low-cut dress

When questioned, my male friends will break into guffaws, but they have never denied doing this.

The boyfriends, on the other hand, will indignantly claim that they were just looking at a stray cat running past.

We women, meanwhile, are such spiritual, philosophical and intellectual creatures that we need more than just a guy in super tight shorts to catch our eyes. Really.

We’re emotional creatures so tug at our heartstrings instead with these classic Chick Magnets. Like the guy who brings out an adorable baby dressed in pink ribbons and a pretty dress. He’ll definitely have flocks of women coming up to tell him how darling the baby is, asking if they can carry her.

The smart guy will oblige, obviously to suss out how nurturing her bosom is, among other things, to determine if he wants to make babies with her, too. If he is good with the baby, it shows that he has fatherly nesting instincts, very sexy, so we could be persuaded.

However, if none of your selfish friends will let you borrow their baby to hook women (because if it’s your baby, you have no business trying to hook women), the guy who takes his cute, fluffy, white puppy with the big eyes, oversized ears and floppy tail out for a walk will be guaranteed to entice women of all shapes and sizes to coo over Fido, and we’ll definitely ask if we can stroke his puppy. I don’t believe any straight guy will ever say no to a request like that.

No baby? No pets? Well, there’s always the sexy two-seater car. We don’t really care what make it is. We just care that it implies that we could be making many trips and outings together, just the two of us while everyone else looks wistfully on.

A man in a really good Italian suit also never fails to capture our attention. We feel a flutter in our hearts when we see a man carrying himself with poise and elegance. It goes beyond him just being easy on the eye (women are not so superficial, I keep telling you). It signals to us that this man has a sharp fashion sense, so he’ll never embarrass us with ugly shirts when we go out in public. He’ll make other women envy us and hate our guts for having such a handsome boyfriend.

Speaking of which, a handsome hot guy friend is a definite babe magnet. That is, as long as you accept that those women who mill around may not even notice you, and that you might have to settle for leftovers.

When we see a flash of a nice bicep (that happens very occasionally in Singapore, alas!) we also gaze a bit longer. I’m not talking about those massive bulging chunks that look like he’s got sprinter’s thighs for arms and he’s about to topple over. No, we like a reasonably well-formed bicep that’s hunky enough to sweep us off our feet, up the stairs and onto the bed without toppling over. (Any form of toppling over is a sign of weakness.)

Now, scrawny fellas, don’t lose heart. Some women feel a mental connection when they see a guy holding/reading/quoting a book that made an impact on them. That’s what my friends tell me. I don’t really read, so I don’t know what the fuss is all about. But if a guy is clutching the DVD of a meaningful movie, he’ll get my attention. The Waterboy never fails to pique my interest.

I threw the question of what else would capture a woman’s attention to a group of friends. One said: “A string of credit cards!” Another cooed: “Ooh, a Harley Davidson!” A third cried out: “Shoes and a belt that match!

This being Singapore, invariably one of the guys wryly remarked: “Here’s another babe magnet, he just has to be ang moh.”

Amid the peals of laughter, I noticed that none of the women disagreed.

So, while some of my dear Singaporean brothers are indignantly snorting at that last suggestion, can the rest of you guys please share with me ... Apart from a super low-cut and super short dress that I can never squeeze into), what would be a Dude Magnet?
By Georgina Chang,

The writer is the senior creative director of 987FM and Lush 99.5.