This was an insightful comment I read that FINALLY explains why bad boys are considered sexy and lovable. Most of you have heard that a bad boy's appeal lies in the women wanting to "fix" him, and if they can do it, that's a huge accomplishment. The bad boy is a broken doll a girl can sew back together with her love~~~. Because the power of love is the shit. (CareBears anyone?)
But there's more to it than that.
A bad boy is usually aggressive. To the world, to everyone. Back in the day when men were hunters, the most aggressive ones would bring back the big meat, and boy would you want to be that guy's wife. Who wouldn't want to sink their teeth into a ... deer or buffalo or whatever it was hunter and gatherer societies ate?
The issue with today's bad boys is that they're aggressive to everyone, including the female love interest, and because of that deep-seated mindset that aggression = sexy, it's since morphed into abuse = sexy.
Why do you think most of my male characters in my novels are really awesome, aggressive fighters? To me, that's incredibly sexy. It's almost every girl's fantasy to own her own attack dog--just one that doesn't attack THEM. And that's where the goal to "fix" him comes in.
He's aggressive, which will get results, bring home the meat, let them protect her and take care of her. But now the girl needs to fix him so she can get the benefits of that aggression without having it directed at her--because that means he LURVES her and only her, and that makes her special.
There's nothing wrong with that. It's just an analysis of why bad boys are so addicting to read about and why they're so hot and swoon-worthy. Like I said, I'm a sucker for a sexy, (non-abusive!!!!!!!!) bad boy.
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