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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY

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Posted July 01, 2013 in Uncategorized

Your ideal woman may be Christina Hendricks as the femme fatale in Mad Men, your fantasy man may be Johnny Depp dressed as a pirate swinging from boats, or, conversely, you may find these characters far from attractive. Certain actions and aspects of appearance are contestable when it comes to what is sexy, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Here are several highly debatable situations and circumstances when it comes to what is sexy or unsexy. Of course, there are certain people we might find sexy no matter what they do, and some may be viewed as unattractive despite their actions, but try to keep an open mind. Based on your initial reaction to the descriptions for each of these topics, tell us whether you think each subject is “sexy” or “unsexy.”

Nicknames

Sexy

A guy calls a girl a name like “angel eyes,” “sex kitten,” or “baby doll.” These nicknames highlight an attractive quality of the girl, such as her playfulness or beauty, and it generally shows that the guy is attracted to this quality in her. When a girl calls a guy a nickname like “stud muffin,” “casanova,” or “love chef” that calls attention to his masculinity or sex appeal and abilities, it demonstrates her attraction to these qualities in him. Aren’t you more turned on when you know your partner finds you arousing in return?

Unsexy

We’ve all heard of lovers calling each other by pet names, but sometimes it gets to be a little bit too much. Despite who says the informal title, don’t condescending or obnoxiously cheesy nicknames like “sweetie pie,” “doodle bug,” “cuddle muffin,” “pooh bear,” and “snickerdoodle” make you gag a little when you hear them?

Tattoos

Sexy

You may like the “bad attitude” associated with tattoos, the pain tolerance it requires, or simply that it can highlight an attractive area of a person’s body. Whatever your reason, you find the adorned canvas of the body sexy and should mark it as so.

Unsexy

From sleeves full of colorful images to decorative black calligraphy, you do not find tattoos stimulating. Maybe the quality of the tattoo is abominable, or the person should not have gotten a tattoo on the particular part of their body that he or she did. No matter what the case is, you wish this indelible ink could be erased, and instead a big red UNSEXY should be stamped across their chest.

Smoking

Sexy

Imagine some alluring stranger sitting at a bench or café giving in to this oral fixation. They raise the cigarette to their lips and slowly draw in those enthralling fumes. As they exhale the hot clouds of white smoke their lips press together into a cherry-colored brim. Does this stranger submitting to their desire create some urges of your own? Perhaps you, like some tattoo lovers, can’t help but be enticed by the naughty image connected with smoking.

Unsexy

Cigarettes have long since been known to be harmful to the body, but it’s a hard habit to kick. Maybe you see the person giving in to their addiction as someone who lacks self-control, a quality that is often bothersome in a potential partner. To you, kissing someone who smokes may be comparable to licking an ashtray, and you find the lingering smell on their clothes repelling. Either way, smoking is a definite turn off for you, and you’d rather not have them light up their looks with this disgusting habit.

Eating Alone

Sexy

A man or woman is seated alone at a restaurant, minding his or her own business and enjoying a meal unaccompanied. Perhaps the person is immersed in a good book or just taking in the surrounding atmosphere. Does this aura of independence make this lonely diner desirable?

Unsexy

A person is sitting at a fast-food chain with a five-course meal of fried foods sprawled out. He or she may seem a little shy about eating alone at first but eventually digs into the feast, shoveling large mounds of the grub into what you believe is a mouth. Is this confidence to eat alone still sexy, or does this act qualify as unattractive?

Plastic Surgery

Sexy

As a plastic surgeon skilled in the art of body enhancement, naturally I am a little biased and believe that my work helps people become happier with their bodies and more self-confident. Plastic surgery can improve the human form by creating voluptuous curves, slender and toned contours, and a more youthful appearance. Wouldn’t you agree that someone who underwent surgery to improve their appearance is sexier as a result?

Unsexy

Sometimes plastic surgery can get out of hand. The appearance of women with extremely large, round breasts that are obviously fake can be bothersome to a number of people. Overly plumped lips can make a patient resemble an unkissable duck. Some people undergo so many procedures that they don’t even look like themselves anymore.

*Note: Dr. Taranow does not recommend plastic surgery for all patients.

Working Out

Sexy

A girl is running along the street in tight spandex shorts and a sports bra. A toned, bare-chested man is lifting weights at the gym. These people seem to be dedicated to staying fit and healthy, and you find their appearance and disposition attractive as they move through their workout positions.

Unsexy

A person running on the street or working out at the gym is drenched in sweat with a beet-red face. Although these people may be seductive ordinarily, does their sticky, red, disheveled appearance during their workout turn you off? Perhaps you would rather they perform their workouts in private, and you can wait to see them after they’ve had a shower.

Housework

Sexy

The girl next door is covered in soap bubbles while washing her car. The toned biceps of the neighbor man glisten in the sun as he mows his lawn. A woman may be down on her hands and knees scrubbing the tub. When you picture these household chores being completed, aren’t they excitingly sexy?

Unsexy

A man is bending down to clean something and exposes his hairy plumber’s crack. An unkempt woman is vacuuming in her old sweats. Someone is pulling a gunky mess out of the sink while unclogging a drain full of hair. A person out in the garden is dripping sweat with dirt smudges on his or her cheeks. Despite how you look at them, the people performing these types of housework are not alluring to you.