ISJ Investigates: Can You Be Sexy Even if You are Not French?

Chances are, no.

However, we first need to examine what makes a man sexy, according to the 300 women we polled between the ages of 24-40. (Because, after a woman is 40 she’s just happy if a man has a job, so we hear.)  A Frenchman just has that certain je ne sais quoi women love–or more importantly, want to have a lot of sex with. Here’s how you can attempt to achieve the same.

  1. An accent:  Sadly, not just any accent, so you guys from Jersey and Boston can put your tools away. Women like international accents that show you are experienced and worldly, well-traveled, and read philosophy while brooding on romantic train rides through the countryside. English, Italian, Irish, and French accents were top picks for women. French accents. Not Long Island accents, Glen.
  2. Confidence:  Women are most attracted to men who know who they are and who live in a culture in which they are allowed–even expected–to show emotional and vulnerable sides of themselves. So, not American men. Frenchmen are known for their swagger, their panache, and for being clear about what they want, even forceful–but in that sexy way, with their accents and everything. Somehow a Frenchman can be sexy while also being  a lazy, opinionated, Gitanes-smoking, philanderer. Sadly, it’s likely you can’t pull that off without coming off as un cretin.
  3. Style:  A man who has a sense of personal style is something most women asked for, mentioning some specific items that American men wear that they do not want to drop their panties for (seriously, Glen). Conversely, vintage designer blazers and perfectly worn spectacles rated high with women. Especially the kind that European men wear. If your personal style is à la débandade, maybe get yourself a Breton striped shirt.  Even if you feel foolish wearing it. It’s a start.
  4. Deep thoughts:  You must be prepared at any moment to argue passionately about food, art, culture, philosophy (esp. French philosophers, like Descartes, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault), literature (Voltaire, Hugo, Balzac, Proust, Flaubert), poetry (Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud), film (Truffaut, Godard, Melville, Bresson).  Really anything should be up for passionate, vehement argument. Read up. Faire des études.
  5. Emotional intelligence:   One word–passion.  Life is a series of moments in which one is prepared to die for one’s convictions, dammit!  If you can’t convey that level of joie de vivre, well then… fake it, mon ami.


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