The Greek god in a toga.
Bollywood movie stars with heavy eye make-up.
The rugged Marlboro man.
A courier in Louis XIV's court with a white perfumed wig and lace cuffs.
An African hunter with intricate body scars made by rubbing wood ashes into knife cuts.
Culture and marketing dictate prevailing standards for rating attractiveness, but can’t the attraction between a hero and heroine be deeper than clothes, cars, and skin? The best hunters, the strongest fighters, the last men standing don’t always have flowing hair and azure eyes.
Astrologers assert chart compatibility generates a powerful attraction. Biologists have subtle pheromones.
Our eyes might linger a second longer on a man with physical beauty, but as soon as he opens his mouth, or fails to hold open the door, we know.
Oh yes, we know.