In hard economic times, women prefer "wimpy" men, according to The Daily Mail. While the "science" makes sense -- we are looking for a more sensitive and loving man during hard times -- it seems crazy to call that "wimpy."

After all, who doesn't want a man who can show emotion, love deeply, and tune into his partner's emotions? Alpha males are great, but they don't make the best husbands.

Men's taste also changes during an economic downturn. They tend to prefer curvier women who are more maternal in appearance. It makes sense, but it's nice. If this is because of the economy, well, one side effect may be better marriages, it seems. 

Both sexes are looking for love and care and attention. They don't want to be bullied or lied to. They want softer, more loving marriages. What is wrong with that?

There is something insulting about the idea that a man has to be tough and mean to be masculine. Certainly as the wife of a man who is a little of both, I have to disagree.

There is something about a sensitive man. And it has nothing to do with insecurity or economic worries. But it's nice to know that my husband cares which friend is being a brat and who I am angry at that day.

I like that my husband is my best friend, and even though he can be very "male" (can't they all), he is generally in tune with my emotions and with his own. When he is down, I know it. There is no guesswork or trying to force him to talk. There is no working late without calls or insensitive "boys' nights" that keep me out of the loop.

Simply put: Sensitive men make better husband. All of the time. Not just in an economic downturn. Say what you will about men, but the best ones are the ones who manage to be both strong and masculine and caring and sensitive. Anything less doesn't deserve our time, ladies.

Do you like a more sensitive man?

  

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